In The Media
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.”)
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"...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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"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