The idea of a digital canvas is nothing new, and with the expanse of drawing and painting apps and programs out there, the iPad and other tablets definitely have the ‘canvas’ side of that equation covered. But, as with a regular canvas, your fingers will only take you so far.
For the most part, iPad artists have had little more than their stubby digits or fat-tipped styli to interact with these programs. And for some, it’s been a tough transition from the sharp pencils and fine-tipped pens of art’s yesteryear. That’s about to change.
Enter the Nomad capacitive brush, an artist’s tool that has followed the canvas through the realms of sci-fi and electronics, straight into the digital age.
A walnut and carbon handle leads out to a blend of natural and synthetic fibres that will carry your energies through to the screen of your tablet or phone, interacting with apps such as ArtRage and Zen Brush in a surprisingly lifelike manner.
Nomad advises you don’t use their brushes with real paint or ink, and it won’t work with Wacom devices, but any capacitive touch screen is free game, they say.
“I am an architect and an artist. I love to sketch and paint, and like many of you, I found the iPad to be a great digital sketchbook and canvas,” writes Nomad Brush founder Don Lee on the website. “However, I found that drawing with my finger was awkward. After trying out many styluses, I failed to find a suitable one…so I invented the Nomad Brush. Each Nomad Brush is carefully handcrafted and made with exceptionally conductive materials. This allows the brush to be extremely responsive, making brushstrokes immediate and effortless on any capacitive touchscreen device.”
In fact, even David Kassan is on board.
“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,” writes Kassan, whose video of fingerpainting on the iPad went viral on YouTube last year. “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.”
The brushes are currently only available in one size and colour, selling for $24 each here.