The Nomad Play
brushes ($18 each) are
scaled down versions of
the Compose designed
for the younger set.
Nomad Brush offers long, short, and
glide bevel tips for the Compose that
blend traditional brush-making techniques with modern conductive materials.
Its dual-tip design allows the artist to
access different brushes quickly.
in the digital equivalent of heavy oils,
applying quite a bit of pressure with
the brush on the iPad, and the Compose rebounds impressively. Over
time, some fanning of the bristles
might occur, as with analog brushes,
so I would recommend restraint.
;e bevel tip is a good option for
light sketching or calligraphy work.
Teachers could use it with students
practicing such skills. ;e ability to
quickly swap the tip for the brush by
removing one and screwing in the
other is a great feature. You really
have two tools in one!
Because parts are detachable, I recommend that you ;nd a good storage
option, as these small items would be
easy to misplace. A calligrapher’s case
for pen tips might be a good choice
;e Nomad Compose is a wonderful resource for digital artists desiring
sleek, reactive tools for painting and
drawing on touchscreen technologies.
;e $39 price point might be o;-putting for some, but the rewards
are well worth the expense.
Nomad Brush Compose
Cost: $39 (dual tip long or dual tip short)
The author’s landscape image (top left) and her colleague Julia Matuga’s abstract piece
(left) illustrate some of the brush strokes and textures that are possible with the Compose.
The Nomad Brush website includes videos that show artists using the Compose as well as
a gallery that showcases artwork created with Nomad’s line of brushes.
Savilla Banister is a former elementary school art teacher. She is currently an associate professor of Classroom Tech- nology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA. She serves as L&L’s curriculum
specialist in the visual and performing arts.