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Challenge in Lisbon with the Samsung Note 10.1 by BenHeine Challenge in Lisbon with the Samsung Note 10.1 by BenHeine
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See this mini video documentary showing the interaction I had with these new devices and the beautiful city of Lisbon. You can also read this full report on my blog with information about the context in which I made each sketch (exact location, meaning...) and this album on Facebook with many more photos.

I travelled to Lisbon a few weeks ago for the launch of the new Samsung phone and tablet in Portugal. Samsung Portugal invited me to use the new "Galaxy Note 10.1" (tablet) and the "Galaxy Note II" (smartphone) to see how it is possible to be creative, to draw and take photos with these new digital devices.

Basically, I made photo-drawings (Pencil Vs Camera) like I usually do but instead of using pencils, pieces of paper and a reflex camera, I used the 10.1 tablet as a drawing surface area, the magnetic S-Pen as a tool to draw and the powerful integrated camera of the Galaxy phone to capture the final results...

It was a challenge because it was the first time I was using this technology, I also had to do the sketches very quickly (less than one hour per image, while I usually spend several days of work on every single project I do!). Another difficulty was that I didn't use any references, it was a complete freestyle and improvised adventure in a new environment as well.

This said, I was very pleased and impressed by how fast it was to learn all the creative tools available on the tablet and phone, mainly because these devices offer a friendly, welcoming and intuitive interface (one of the particularly new features I really liked is the Multiscreen function, it allows several applications to work side-by-side, having several windows opened in the same screen. I could easily switch from one application to another).

All in all, these devices are cool instruments to increase artists' skills and productivity. They can be used as new tools of expression to share ideas and feelings.

Many thanks to Hugo Braz (Samsung Portugal) and Gonçalo Oliveira (Desafio Global Ativism) for their invitation and to Dub Video Connection and Sandro Aguilar for the nice film.

From top to bottom, left to right:

1) "Flying tram": 40 minutes sketch on the Note 10.1 - Photo captured with the new Galaxy Phone. Lisbon is super famous for its beautiful and old fashioned yellow trams. The best way to discover Lisbon is by tram. They rumble up and down through the alleyways of the city. I had already made a Pencil Vs Camera image showing the legendary and famous Carreira 28 Tram [link]. This time, I quickly drew a new version of it in colors, taking off, ready to fly towards new dreams and horizons...

2) "Space shuttle taking off at Praça dos Restauradores": 40 minutes sketch on the Note 10.1 - Picture taken with the new Galaxy phone. Lisbon Air Force? One morning during my trip, I had the simple idea to transform the obelisk of "Praça dos Restauradores" in a spacecraft launch platform... "Praça dos Restauradores" is a well known landmark in Lisbon dedicated to the restoration of the independence of Portugal in 1640, after 60 years of Spanish domination. The obelisk in the middle of the square carries the names and dates of the battles fought during the Portuguese Restoration War in 1640.

3) "Sardines invasion": 40 min sketch on Note 10.1 - Photo captured with the new Galaxy phone. Walking with my friends in the streets of Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon, I noticed a lovely outdoor restaurant offering all kinds of delicious dishes with sardines ("sardinhas" in Portuguese, people in Lisbon love them!). We had lunch there. While waiting for the food, I made the above sketch quickly...

4) "Lisbon Fever": 30 minutes sketch on the Note 10.1 - Photo captured with the new Galaxy smartphone. There was a huge strike in Lisbon the day I arrived, tens of thousands of Portuguese were protesting the government's financial policies. Protesters in Lisbon filled the central Praça do Comércio square, where I made this image showing a giant mouth saying "Lisbon Fever", because that day was full of tension. Again, it was a rough impro, but it really reflected what was happening around me at that moment.
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Silviex Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I am planning on changing letter sized sketch paper for a samsung tablet, there are amazing examples, this is one of the best ones!
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AlyGoesMoo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
This is adorable and really great! :)
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MicroscopicDaily Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I love your art

I wonder is drawing with stylus better than pencil in someways?

The immediate response with paper and pencil is still unreachable with stylus and screen

But is it good enough that you can enjoy drawing???
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Swaptrick Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love this series. Extremely creative, and an excellent way to get digital design and illustration noticed by the public. Quick question, how did you like the galaxy note 2 tablet? It looks like a tablet Id really benefit from having and the reviews seem great.
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00adam Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
do love your work, such brilliant ideas and executed so well
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JeffPrice Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant!
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Zakahia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Photographer
Wow, is fantastic to see talented work in a city that we know so well.
Bravo!! Amazing ^^
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heiditigergutt Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your artwork blows my mind, there are no words for how amazing this and the rest of your work is! Well done! Keep posting!
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crh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazingly bringing your successful concept one step further in technology used ;-)
great series, Ben! keep up the visionary and excellent work!
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BrunoIsidro Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Simplement magnifique, Ben! :clap:
Quand je pense que tu m'as montré tous, tu tourne à démontrer que ta imagination est infinite. :O


P.S.: La prochaine fois que tu penses viendre à Portugal, viens ici à Porto. Il y a beaucoup de choses pour mettre en pratique ta imagination.
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Satsuki-Hyphen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I love this work ! (**)
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Nariane Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Bravo!
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HelgjeD Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Seems like everything goes digitial sooner or later. Great artwork.
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gabbazalu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
woah thats so good! :D
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Aplos Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
duuuude!!!! awesome!
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reve7747 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I think it's really cool and impressive that Samsung recognized your talent and asked you to play with their newest technology. These look really good, especially considering your limited time and knowledge about the phone. Nice work! ^^
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you, I was also honored to collaborate with them, Samsung will rule the world one day, lol
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Em-S5 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Photographer
for free style and short time, they really match with the picture really REALLY good!! I still like the tradidional paper v. camera better because there's no technology frame on it :P
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes, I hope in the future the screen becomes wider and the frame thinner...
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
very cool
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TabarakM Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
creative..SO MUCH!!loved this!!
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Pipe-stream Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing how you managed to do it with the Samsung Note, and in such as short period of time too!! Love it :D
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you, it was a bit challenging, I know with more practice with these specific tools I could do something more powerful, may be later on
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juju60983cameo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
amzin as usual!
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starmic Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
fantástico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SO AWSOME!!!!!!!!
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Markus43 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
bravo!
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MariaPereira Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Portugal is beautiful :)
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neogs99 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Amazing as always.
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Diewtiful Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Beautiful imagination
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CandiceS Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
It is good and creative as usual but here this new device totally breaks the illusion and magic. Samsung is full of tv commercials of that kind with drawings and photos. It is not worth the traditional paper for sure. :/
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lululetti Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How awesome! :D
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UseTheBrakes Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I certainly am not one for phones dominating the way they do, but these still look good...gah, I have a basic call text and camera phone, why do we need apps and fancy dos anyway?
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okamifuyu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
It's good, the border ruins it a bit though, or at least i think so
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dniolet Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet this would work better on an iPad Mini. Less edge to contend with. Still, awesome work!
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MissFemke Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh mijn god dit is ZO COOL O.o !! <3
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passion00 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o Wow, looks cool... I love this series you're making!
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Philluppus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012   General Artist
this is something i really admire, awesome technique mixture or combination,
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makeo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
cool branching out
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kidao Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Awesome.
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