Artist proves Galaxy Note 2 is as nice as a Wacom tablet and Photoshop [VIDEO]


Many of us will be perfectly fine drawing out words, formulas, and basic shapes when using the S Pen on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2. But one artist has set out to remind folks that the Note 2 is more than just a great note-taking tool — it can be a  powerful tool to drive your creative juices.

Artist Geremy Arene used the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to draw a portrait of a character from Twilight, and he let us sit in on all 2.5 hours of it (though it’s time-lapsed to about 10 minutes, of course). The result is a very detailed portrait that could pass off as something done with a high quality Wacom tablet in the desktop version of Photoshop.

Geremy didn’t even use Photoshop for these pieces, though — it was Sketchbook Mobile that gave him the results you see above. We’re not sure if this was for any specific reason, though it’s worthy to note (hehe) that Samsung and Sketchbook have partnered up to provide creative tools on the Note devices, and the app is likely more optimized for the Wacom digitized display and stylus that the Note 2 features.

An interesting interview with Geremy took place at Phonandroid. For starters, he says his desire to do digital paintings on these mobile devices has been around for a long time, but limitations have kept him from going with these solutions full time.

He determined HTC’s Flyer simply wasn’t ready for what he wanted to do with such a device (and believe you me, it wasn’t), and while the original Galaxy Note was a stark improvement over that the stylus and display still weren’t up to the standards he required.

All of that has been rectified with the Note 2 and Note 10.1, though. The Wacom digitizer embedded in the display technology surely helps, as does the newly-improved S-Pen with its ballpoint-like tip and 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Suddenly, hundreds of designers are salivating profusely. While I could never claim such artistic prowess seeing Geremy’s work come to life on a 5.5 inch smartphone excites the bejewels out of me, so I know you designers are doing a double take on this one. Watch the time-lapsed video above, and see pieces from Geremy via the Galaxy Note 2 above and below (and be sure to stay on the lookout for our review of the device in the coming days!)

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  1. Awesome!

  2. something like that would be cool as my lwp

  3. I thought the s-pen completely sucked on the note 10.1. I played with it for a good hour and couldn’t even get reasonably crisp hand writing out of it.

  4. I wish I could do that.

  5. Really nice

  6. Well, um…wow. I, um…wow. That’s incredible.

  7. Samsung should use this guy’s work in a commercial for the note2

    1. ^ this ^

  8. “I can’t buy an Android, I’m too creative.”

    This is getting bookmarked in my “ammunition” folder.

    1. your a barista

      1. You’re*

  9. Wow…
    Good to know that I’ll be able to draw stick figures on my Note 2 when I get it!

    1. I am personally beyond stick figures and I can draw decent items myself but I still need to work on my animals and humanoids tho.

    2. Reminds me of when I watch Minecraft videos of spectacular structures and I go off to build an 8×8 dirt house xD

  10. He’s using sketchbook because photoshop can’t even draw smooth circles… That’s the case on my Note 10.1 anyways.

  11. This should send Apple into a spin

    1. or a lawsuit

  12. amazing i have that app and never realized its potential but im not very artistic props

    1. It’s easy. Start with a real pencil and paper first and find Fun with a Pencil by Andy Loomis and follow it step by step.

  13. LOL @ 03:20.

    “Not gonna answer your call now, bruh. I’m busy being an artist on my phone.”

    … and +1 for the “screen recorder” feature, which I’m assuming is what this person used to speed this up.

    This is just amazing.

  14. colors! for Note is also a good app for making art on the note series, though it’s not yet optimised for the improved s pen you get with the note 2.

    I’ve worked with it on the Nintendo DS when it was still a homebrew app, and I’ve played around with it on the 3DS.
    it’s aimed mostly at free-hand drawing so it has no geometry tools like paint and Photoshop have, but the stylus support and brush settings make it a great portable replacement for paper and pencil/paintbrush.
    and it uses vectors with time info allowing you to resize the resulting drawing without quality loss, and rewatch how it was drawn.

    and another good reason to try it: the Note version is free


    unfortunately my drawing skills are nowhere near this artist’s, but I’m happy I have a stylus in my phone to draw whenever I feel like it.

    1. Thanks. I had to find the APK, since they blocked out all of my devices — including my Note 10.1 — from Google Play. XDA Developers had a link. :)

      I noticed that this app uses Samsung’s S Pen SDK, so all the same tools that are in S Notes.

  15. Google, this is what I mean by a killer app.

  16. Awesome! This is exactly what I wanted to see. I can finally start leaving my sketchbook at home and still get plenty accomplished. I was worried it’d be a lot more basic, so this makes me very happy. Can’t wait until Verizon finally releases it.

  17. This is why i bought Sketchbook Pro for $0.25 when the sale was going on. I was planning on getting the note 2 already and knew this app would come in handy!

  18. 3:19, I hate getting calls when I am drawing….

  19. This is just more proof to me that Android has only scratched the surface of what it could be. Once Google gets around to turning Chrome OS into Android for the desktop then Windows will no longer have a grip on the PC market. I know I’m just waiting for the day when I can install Chrome as a complete replacement for my desktop.

    1. Android certainly has the lead in tablets as far as drawing and painting is concerned. Any Apple loving artist needs to get a Galaxy Note 10.1 to do justice to their skills. Apple might take another couple of years before they integrate a real stylus into heir iPad line.

      As far as the desktop goes, yeah, maybe a Chromebook and a linux “server” is the way of the future. In addition to several more improvements, though, Chromebooks need to be able to manage android phones and tablets. Having to have a Windows PC for adb and the android SDK just makes no sense.

      1. Lets just hope that Samsung has filed a VERY generic patent along the lines of “high resolution pen-like input on a mobile or handheld device with a touch sensitive screen”. That, or some co-patent/exclusivity agreement with Wacom.

      2. A lot of Android developers use Linux actually so technically Windows isn’t needed. But I would love to see a merger of Chrome and Android so that if a person wanted to they could go “all Google” and not suffer from a lack of having the right tools to develop and create. But Google hasn’t fully realized their potential I think. They could kill Microsoft tomorrow if they introduced a full desktop OS. Imagine having a streamlined OS that can essentially do all the things your standard Linux distro can do but without the problems of Linux, and voila! You’ve just killed the last foothold Windows had. Plus I think it’d be interesting to see Google go head to head vs OS X. It would be like when all people had was the iPhone and other less desirable options and Google comes and shakes it up with Android.

        It might freak some people out but I think it’d be cool if Google operated my PC OS, my smartphone, and everything worked together in a seamless system.

  20. If you have a Note, look into “TV Paint.” It’s in open beta right now, so free to use until February.

    It’s not some cheap hand holding mobile app, but a full blown desktop level professional animation studio that can be used to create feature length animations; so it does everything, including digital painting on a level of Corel Painter, which is how I use it.


    This application decimates everything else on mobile by a long shot, but of course that comes at a justified price of up to $1400 when it does become available next year; but four more months of free makes me happy, since I can do real work with it that can go to print that doesn’t look all air-brushy…

    The other app I like is LayerPaint. It does everything right where it actually matters when it comes to creating art for more than just the web. Like TV Paint, it also has layer support without limitations and supports printable canvas sizes. It also has a smudge tool disguised as the water color brush with some simple settings adjustments. It also has a preference to completely disable touch for drawing, so only the pen can register a brush stroke. If not for the TV Paint, I’d be in this app full time.

    And Autodesk and their Android support can suck it — I own a DOUCHE-Pad along with my Android tablets, so I can see where their support is going. SketchBook “Pro” — this must be some kind of joke? — is lacking where it’s important. They fixed some bugs recently and improved Wacom support, but its shortcoming outweigh its polished look. And it makes no sense that SketchBook mobile support portrait mode and SB Pro does not.


  21. Am I the only one who noticed he spelled “twilight” wrong in the movie website address?

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