Drawing on the Note 7 with Artecture (with a chance of explosion)

Okay so I have had my Note 7 for a while now and despite the warnings from Samsung regarding the exploding battery to stop using it and return it, I have started to get into drawing. Anybody who knows me will know I have an obsession with toothless from How to Train Your Dragon and have even named one of my servers after him (Nightfury). So, naturally, my first picture was that of baby toothless. I found a pretty cool app called Artecture  for Android which gives you a nice selection of tools, including a few useful features such as layers and tracing.

So, before I start showing you my work, I better tell you just how poor I am at art: Very is the answer. With this in mind, I decided to start off with some tracing. The image I had my mind on drawing was this picture of toothless. I loaded this into Artecture and began to trace. After about 10 minutes, I had this picture.

Tracing Toothless in Artecture

I was pretty happy with this and decided to continue and colour this in. I added in an extra layer and went to town. When tracing, there  is a feature which will automatically select the colour of the picture you are drawing so everything should be the correct colour (ish). I eventually got to this stage and again, I was surprisingly happy with it. Its not the best thing but given how this is my first experience drawing in many years and it was on a phone, I was super impressed.


Coloured version of Toothless after tracing in Artecture

I sent it off to a couple friends who also liked it but as it was traced, I felt like I was cheating (and so did another friend, that bitch! J ). So at around 4am, I started again but this time on paper, totally from scratch. About half way through, my PC has a meltdown but hey, that’s a story for another time.  After drawing the outline, I get to this stage.

Photo of hand drawn toothless picture

I was planning on keeping it like this but I thought I would give it ago shading in. After an hour or so, around 7am, I went to sleep thinking I was finished. Here is the finished hand drawn image.

Taken by Note 7 Camera

Taken by Note 7 Camera

Scanned Photo of shaded toothless drawing

Scanned Photo

After waking up a couple hours later, I decide to scan the image in and have another go on the phone. I added a fair number of layers so I could make sure that the ordering was preserved and that things like the eyes would appear above everything else.  Below you will see the version in Artecture and then the final outputted version. I will probably continue to add to this but as of now, this is the final version.

In Artecture

In Artecture

Exported

Exported

So here is my conclusion: When not exploding, the Note 7 makes a great tool for drawing, especially when there are fantastic apps out there like Artecture (even if some of it was done on paper, shh). Drawing in general is a great way to pass the time (even though I should have been working) and even someone as terrible at drawing like myself can draw something half decent with the help of technology! So if you have a note and aren’t worried about it exploding (or you are sensible and have a new version) and would like to draw, give it ago and let me know what you create! If you like the picture then please feel free to share it around and let me know what you think in the comments!