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The iPad’s screen has been designed to respond only to finger touches. You can’t operate it with a pen or a toothpick. For artistic people, that’s too bad. As a painting instrument, there’s not much delicacy or finesse to your finger. Somehow, Nomad has figured out how to make a paintbrush that works on the iPad. You can use any painting or drawing app; the brush has a light touch, and it works smoothly and flawlessly. (You can see it in action if you search YouTube for “nomad ipad.”)

-David Pogue

Artists and aspiring artists will enjoy the Nomad Compose by Nomad Brush. This paintbrush is designed especially for the iPad, and it's a delight to move across the screen in strokes and dabs. Its opposite end has a shorter, firmer brush tip for more precise painting.

-Wall Street Journal

When I attended Macworld|iWorld last Thursday and Friday, the show floor was bustling with attendees. And in terms of bustle-per-square-foot, the busiest booth I saw probably belonged to Nomad Brush, which makes brushes that can be used for digital painting on the iPad and other tablets. The company provided me with one for review.


Nomad Brush sells capacitive tipped paint brushes for use on your iPad. The iPad can't sense pressure, so the use of these special brushes is primarily for feel. Artists may be more accustomed to using a brush than their finger.


Art created on tablets is a growing trend, but conventional styluses often leave something to be desired when trying to get that “painting” feel. The Nomad Compose has a tip like a paint brush for a more natural creative experience.


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Portland, Ore.-based Nomad displayed attractive styluses that artists can use to paint on their tablets at the annual Macworld exhibition in San Francisco, Calif.


The Nomad Brush turns the iPad into an easel. The paintbrush/stylus works with any sketch program for the iPad, as well as Android devices.


"Did you ever wonder what Siri would look like, if she weren’t just a bunch of 1s and 0s bouncing around inside an Apple data mega-center? The Big Bang Theory’s Raj thinks she’d be a sultry, promiscuous sex line operator, but that’s not the only possibility, which is why the makers of the popular Nomad Brush Stylus have thrown a contest called the Compose Portrait Siri-Ies Challenge..."

-Cult of Mac

"The Nomad feels very natural to use. The brush tip glides effortlessly on the iPad’s screen. Everything just flows. The brush tips are extremely responsive, while offering as much precision and control as you would like. Each tip serves its purpose, and once you decide which you like more for what task, you’ll use them more and more."


"There are a lot of stylus' out there, but Nomad Brush has a couple that make a big difference. First, the Nomad Play is targeted at kids thanks to its smaller length, larger width, and wooden handle. But what really sets it apart is the paintbrush style tip, with conductive fibers so users can 'paint' directly on the screen."


"Nomad Brush eschews the typical aluminum-and-rubber-nib trappings of most pens on the market for a more traditional look and feel: The company’s original Nomad Brush, from almost every angle, resembles a traditional watercolor paintbrush."



"Painters, meanwhile, should strongly consider the line of products from Nomad Brush. To the untrained eye, they look like typical, if slightly more Zen-inspired, paint brushes for fine artists. But the brushes are designed only for capacitive screens, not paint. 

Wrap one up for an artistic friend this holiday season and watch them get giddy when the paper comes off."

-Gadgetwise, New York Times


"This might be the best stylus product on the market. I haven’t seen another option that’s so unique, yet works so well than the Compose. The build quality and product material is fantastic, and the blended fiber tips are surprisingly durable."

-Nothing But Tablets

"...Nomad Brush does give you a slightly more delicate touch than the other styluses – and definitely more delicate than using your finger. We love the Nomad Brush: you feel much more like you’re really painting and with a natural media package you can get extremely expressive results – plus it’s fun to use."

-Tom's Guide

"The Nomad Brush is a pleasure to hold. It is easy to grip. The brush tips on both models glided with ease across the iPad screen. There is no risk of scratching the iPad screen while using a Nomad Brush."



"My first experience painting with the Nomad Brush was really exciting—it seemed like I was really putting paint onto paper, even though I knew I was using a dry brush on a piece of glass. The technology is very impressive."



"The Nomad Brush is targeted at a very specific market, but it was still our favourite of the styluses we tested: it's comfortable, innovative and very easy to use."


"The nomad brush brings the fun and expressive nature of painting to the iPad. It removes the friction between your finger and the display, allowing for fast and loose digital brush strokes without compromising accuracy. A must have for all iPad artists." 

Kyle Lambert, Visual Artist


"The experience of 'painting' on a super-smooth screen takes some getting used to, but the NomadBrush feels very natural, and when using the right digital brush in your art program, the results are stunning....The NomadBrush is a beautifully constructed stylus, resembling a fine watercolor brush, and it makes painting on the iPad a delight."


“If you are looking for the best experience working with creative apps on an iPad or other touch screen device, stop searching and order the Nomad Brush.  How does it perform? From the moment I grazed my iPad screen with the Nomad Brush, I was in love!  This brush--you really shouldn't call it a stylus--is a dream to paint with. Overall Rating: 10/10.”

"Digital painters, rejoice: now there's a paintbrush designed specifically to interact with the iPad's screen....It's a very nice design, comfortable in the hand, and does exactly what you'd expect it to do."


Particle-stroke painting
"You can paint with your fingers or any stylus—the Nomad Brush is quite magical."

-Adobe Eazel

"These paintbrushes by Don Lee seem like an incredible idea. Called the Nomad Brush, each brush’s bristles are made of conductive fibers, so that it’ll work for painting on the iPad with any paint tool app."

-Cult of Mac

"No more finger painting! No more friction-filled rubber stylus strokes! The Nomad Brush, a capacitive paintbrush-style stylus for the iPad, is now available." -Gizmodo 

“It’s amazing… and very cool to play with and use.  It’s a more natural way to paint.  The bristles just glide across the glass…it’s amazing.”

-Tom and Scott Podcast

"Overall, I would say that Don Lee has developed a very solid and useable creative tool to compliment any mobile arsenal.  The Nomad Brush provides a nice bridge between the feel of analog while working digitally on the go using mobile devices."

Illustration Toolbox

"Short version - it's awesome, seriously awesome! When you first hold the Nomad Brush it doesn't seem like a revolutionary input device. Its wood and bristles feel, well, like a paintbrush. But what was immediately apparent about the Nomad Brush is the quality of its construction....[W]e started 'painting' with the Nomad Brush and the smile didn't leave our face from that moment on...."


"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....The amount of accuracy and control the Nomad Brush offers is perfect. The smooth flowing feel makes painting on the iPad easier than ever....I don’t know how I ever lived without my Nomad Brush. Check it out for yourself and prepare to be amazed!"


"[The Nomad Brush is a] beautiful, handcrafted stylus designed for painting and sketching on the iPad.  The stylus feels and looks like an actual paintbrush…. It allows for free-flowing brush strokes much like a real paintbrush, and an elegance of line I was previously unable to achieve using my fingers or a regular stylus."


"I was excited to try out the Nomad Brush and a little skeptical at first since it sound a little too good to be true that I could actually use a brush to paint with on the iPad.  I immediately tried it out and fell in love.  It has such a sensitive touch and is super responsive. There is none of the friction and rubbing that you have with a rubber tipped stylus."

David Kassan, Artist