Update: New Short Tip Nomad Brush for better detail work! Introducing the worlds first iPad brush: the Nomad Brush. It’s a brush stylus that lets you literally paint on your iPad. Digital artists around the world collectively jumped with joy the moment Nomad Brush was announced, and now that we’ve finally gotten our hands on one of our very own… the Nomad Brush is a dream come true. The ability to literally paint digitally on the iPad with an actual brush has been little more than a fantasy… until now. Thank you Nomad Brush, thank you for making my life just a little bit better. Check out our full review of this awesome new tool inside!
The Nomad Brush literally is a dream come true. We’ve extensively tested it and are continually astounded at how well it works. The brush is very responsive, in seconds I found myself painting with smooth flowing strokes on the iPad like I never dreamed. The feel is just amazing, there is no resistance, no friction, just smooth, zen-like painting. Due to the iPad’s capacitative screen, it takes a little bit more pressure than a real brush, but you quickly get used to it. The bristles are made from natural fibers mixed with some sort of fancy conductive fibers which imitate a finger’s touch (though it could also be magic…). The only way I could tell the difference is by the color of the bristles as they have the same feel and flexibility as the natural ones.
The shaft is about 7.5 inches long, and the diameter is .25 inches and weights about .2 ounces. The shaft is made from a cool black material and is perfectly grippy but still smooth. It’s exactly the same size and weight as most of my other real brushes, and feels great in the hand. On the bristle end is a rubber holder that holds the bristles, this rubber end is perfect because it keeps the brush from sliding off the iPad when you set it down. The Nomad Brush is capped with a nice looking wooden piece that is branded with the logo. All in all, it’s a slick looking design that draws plenty of inquisitive looks when used in public.
The amount of accuracy and control the Nomad Brush offers is perfect. The smooth flowing feel makes painting on the iPad easier than ever. We chatted with the creator, and he has a few new prototypes in the works, namely a cap for the bristles so you can keep it safe when not in use, and also one that includes a standard iPad stylus as well for when you need pinpoint accuracy. These additions would turn an already amazing tool into something mind blowing.
The most recent version of the Nomad Brush features a shorter brush tip of about .4″ that is better suited for detail work on smaller screen devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch. Or if you want very precise control of your lines, and like to do tight detail work on the iPad, the short tipped Nomad Brush is very well suited for that as well. It makes a welcome addition to the family. My current stylus quiver consists of the Long Tipped Nomad Brush, the Short Tipped Nomad Brush, and a Pogo Sketch Stylus which I find I’m using less and less…
For those of us who grew up painting on a Wacom tablet, the idea of using a real brush to paint digitally was just too good to be true. In the past I’ve used everything from a good old mouse, to Wacom tablets of every shape and size. Once the iPhone came out, I started painting with my fingers, then I graduated to the Pogo Sketch iPad stylus. And now… now I don’t know how I ever lived without my Nomad Brush. Check them out for yourself and prepare to be amazed! The Nomad Brush is available for $23.00 in both versions.