Becoming An Artist For A Day

Modern technology doesn’t seize to blow my mind! So when Lenovo invited me to spend a day trying out their new Yoga Book tablet and Hazelblad True Zoom Moto Mod I was intrigued and excited!

Lunch and introduction

I arrived to London’s Villandry St. James restaurant to meet my fellow bloggers and the Lenovo team for a tasty lunch and an initial introduction to the newly launched products. And this is when I started to be amazed at the possibilities of the devices in front of me. And here is why:

  • Lenovo Yoga Book is a stylish 2-in-1 tablet which allows you to take notes and make sketches, using either a digital stylus or an ink pen with paper. It can also be used in four modes – browse mode, create mode, type mode and watch mode.
  • Browse mode allows you to use it as a compact tablet therefore making all the research and saving inspiration really easily.
  • Create mode allows you to paint on the ‘create pad’ which is designed to let you draw with one hand while selecting your tools with the other meaning that you can see your creations on the screen immediately without any interruptions.
  • Type mode turns your Yoga Book into a typical laptop with a keyboard.
  • Watch mode can also be adapted to make your Yoga Book stand as a ‘tent’ allowing you to view your digital creations and replicate them on a blank canvas.

I had an opportunity to try all these various modes and one of them stood out for me the most as I have never tried or seen anything similar before. I am talking about the ink pen and paper feature. Imagine this: you place a paper notebook on a create pad of the tablet and start writing your notes or sketching with a pen like you would in your usual notebook. And then voila – everything you wrote is automatically replicated on the tablet’s screen! Seriously seemed like there was a bit of a magic involved there!

Second ‘star’ of the day was a Moto Z smartphone with a Hazelblad True Zoom Moto Mod. You just attach it to your Moto Z smartphone and it provides you with a 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash and physical shutter and zoom controls. Pretty cool, huh? Have you heard of anything better to take smartphone photography to the next level?

After the introduction it was time for us to put these devices to use and become artists for one day.

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Royal Academy Of Art

We arrived to the Royal Academy Of Art to visit its current ‘Abstract Expressionism’ exhibition to get some inspiration for what was ahead of us that day – creating our own piece of art. Using our Yoga Book we were taking notes and making sketches which is a great way to really immerse yourself into an exhibition. I am not an artist and knowing that I needed to paint later that day worried me a bit but walking through an ‘Abstract Expressionism’ exhibition calmed me down, gave me inspiration and a bit more confidence. There are no right or wrong ways to express yourself in an abstract form after all.

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Becoming An Artist

We left The Royal Academy Of Art with a ton of creative ideas in our heads and headed to a studio to turn our thoughts into reality. That’s when the Yoga Book came in handier than ever! It allowed me to try various colour combinations and play with my ideas for as long as I wanted until I created the final draft of my abstract piece of art and was ready to copy it to the blank canvas in front of me. And believe it or not – it was my first time ever! The first stroke of the brush is so terrifying! You feel like it will make or break the whole concept. But you know what? I did well! I matched my real life colours as close as possible to the ones that I prepared on the Yoga Book and made a painting that is currently standing in my living room. How cool is that?

Being able to practice on the tablet made me so much more confident in my skills. Taking both Yoga Book and Hazelblad True Zoom Moto Mod to an exhibition allowed me to make notes of all the inspiration around me. And with the help of both devices I actually created something that I’m proud of. And that’s what I mean when I say that modern technology never seizes to amaze me!

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