The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is a lot of things: from a productivity powerhouse to an illustrator’s best friend. We take a closer look at the new S Pen stylus accessory for the new Z Fold3 and how you can get the most out of it.
We handed over the Galaxy Z Fold3 and the incredible new S Pen Pro to our new friend, Sha’an d’Anthes. You may also know her as an incredible Sydney-based illustrator, furrylittlepeach!
If you’ve ever seen or loved a Samsung Galaxy Note device, you know the S Pen: a small stylus that can be used for everything from notes to a handheld media remote control.
Although there is no new Galaxy Note this year, Samsung has not brought one but thaw S Party Buttons for use with Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3.
Here’s what they both do.
What is the S Pen Fold Edition?
The S Pen Fold Edition is the smaller, go-anywhere stylus. If you are a Galaxy Z Fold3 user who loves to take notes, doodle over photos and occasionally draw sketches, you will want to check this out.
It is slimmer than the S Pen Pro, more portable and has a slim 1.5 mm pen tip, so it feels more like a real pen than a stylus.
It only works with the Galaxy Z Fold3 and does not use Bluetooth, which means that even if you do not need to charge it, you can not use it for things like Samsung’s Air Command features.
But because the S Pen cannot be paired with the device this time, you get a nice leather case for your device when you buy, which has a built-in hook for the pen.
What is S Pen Pro?
This is the one I prefer to go for. Especially if you have multiple Samsung devices.
The S Pen Pro is bigger, more powerful and more capable than its smaller and more portable siblings.
It has its own battery — with an alleged lifespan of 16 days — and Bluetooth, which means it can work across devices on everything from your Z Fold3 to your compatible Galaxy tablets.
In fact, Bluetooth in the S Pen Pro is so smart you can smartly snap something on your phone, store it in the S Pen Pro and drop it on another device like a tablet or laptop (as long as they are both logged in to the same Samsung – account). Crazy not?
The S Pen Pro is an illustrator’s best friend, and I went and found one to try it out.
Tips for getting started with the new S Pen
Over the years, I have shared my process with my audience online (on Instagram, Youtube and now TikTok) and I want to share how I create work on Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 so you can get the most out of it too!
What inspired my illustration?
I loved the idea of including a glowing pink phone box as a subtle nod to Telstra in this illo. When I was looking for pictures of the telephone booths, I loved the lighthouse as the glow they had at night – it made me paint a night scene so I could capture it and balance it with the glow of the stars and the moon.
I have also based the palette on the Telstra brand colors Rural is a nod to Telstra’s coverage – I think they have the largest coverage out of all the telecommunications providers, so no matter how far you are, they are there [Ed: we do! Thanks Sha’an!].
While making, I loved the large 6.2-inch screen! The larger the screen, the better when it comes to creating, editing and viewing images and illustrations on a phone.
The S-Pen has also always been a mobile game-changer for me. The fact that there is a telephone pin that is pressure and angle sensitive, similar to those used on professional graphics boards, is amazing. That means I have a studio in my pocket AND that I can create where I am without even carrying a tablet or sketchbook.
Color is such an important part of my work, which is why I always start there by creating a palette to draw from.
Then create a loose sketch and reduce the opacity so you can use it as a guide. First fill in the large color blocks.
Then add texture. Drawing with the S-Pen on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a completely different experience.
Unlike a regular stylus, the S-Pen uses pressure sensitivity, which means you can vary the size and appearance of a line using pressure alone — without messing with settings — we don’t have time for what we have things to do!
Finally, we add some of the finer details. Voila – your work is ready to share with the world!