Microsoft’s Designed on Surface campaign helps put a ‘Noir’ twist on a school in Belgium

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With its Designed on Surface project, Microsoft is currently running an exciting program to inspire artists to use its Surface hybrid tablet to unleash their creativity. We previously told you how Portuguese artist Sergio Odeith used the Surface Pro 4’s high precision pen to create a mural for the popular writer Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon, but today the Surface team is sharing how Belgian artist Noir is using the same tablet to transform a mural of a local elementary school in Belgium.

Noir is a visual artist that has mastered the use of traditional paints, brushes, stencils and spray paint to create very detailed drawings that look true to life. The Belgian artist is also known for his large-scale murals of hands, as you can see below.


Noir’s dexterity with traditional painting tools convinced the Surface team that the artist could use the pressure-sensitive Surface Pen to create great art, even if his work is a very time intensive process. The Surface team explained:

“The steps involved to get from early sketches to the stencils and grids he uses to create his mural take a lot of time. With Surface, he is able to work much faster through his workflow, and because he has access to all his sketches and source files, making changes on the go is easy.”

With this Designed on Surface program, Microsoft wants to showcase the versatility of its hybrid tablet, and it’s always interesting to discover creative use cases for the Surface Pro 4. If you want to learn more about Noir’s work and other artists that participated in the Designed on Surface project, you can check the dedicated Surface Art page.