Dec, 05 2012

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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