Galaxy Note Drawing Pad

S Note

the Samsung Galaxy Note drawing pad

S Note is really just a digital memo pad. Well, except that it seems to do everything except polish the kitchen sink. Among its many talents, this app can act as a simple colouring book for scribblers, doodlers and jotters. 

I have grown quite addicted to S Note in its manifestation as a simple Galaaxy Note drawing pad. S Note springs up ready for you to scribble something down whenever you take the S Pen out of its socket. Saves no end of PostIt notes.

What is an S Pen? An S Pen stylus comes as a fixture in every version of the Samsung Galaxy Note series of tablets, phablets and phones. The Note series have a special layer on the touch screen similar to those on Wacom desktop tablets for digital artists. This allows the screen to respond to the pressure sensitive S Pen as well as to a finger. You can vary the width and/or transparency of your stroke according to how hard you press on the stylus.

I have had Samsung’s Note devices since the start, and am currently exploring a new Galaxy Note 3.  I have to say it takes a bit of exploring! Samsung say proudly that they have simplified the S Note app, but I’m glad they told me. I’d never have known.

Many of the many S Note facilities I may never use. Others are fascinating. Draw a square anywhere on the screen, and hey presto, up in the frame pops your choice of clock, calculator, address boook, video player or other handy item. Magic!

This array of bloatware tools and possibilities can be overwhelming. Best thing to do is take it easy. Discover what’s really useful gradually, and ignore the rest.

Since S Note offers colouring book tools, I had a go a few weeks ago at scribbling down an elephant with the S Pen on my Galaxy Note drawing pad.

Elephant doodle
Galaxy Note 2 – S Pen memo

Using the S Pen, I found I could rest my hand on the screen as I drew without its making a mark or causing the image to slither around. Another S Pen advantage to add to pressure sensitivity.

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Apple iPhone Apple

Apple iPhone Apple, originally uploaded by purple0wl.

I’m comparing the experience of painting an imaginary apple in various apps on various touchscreen tablets and phones.

This apple was painted on my iPhone 4S.

I have to confess the iPhone screen felt cramped and faded after painting on the bigger, brighter Samsung Galaxy Note.

There are many more artists’ painting apps for Apple devices than there are for Android machines. I had a wide choice of drawing and painting tools. I was pleased to find that Art Rage, a favourite on the iPad, has now been added to the choice for the iPhone…

…but hey, stop, wait a minute! I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to suffer from a nasty case of  iPad app overload. I was actually rather relieved to find that Art Rage for iPhone has fewer brushes and variations than for the iPad. The choice of painting tools and apps for the iPad is now so overwhelming that I’m having to limit the number I use.

I used several Art Rage brushes to finger paint my iPhone apple in many colours, blending them in with the palette knife.

Texture was added in FX Art Studio.

The apple was finished off and signed in Sketchbook.