Now, I suppose that you could get out your watercolor kit and start painting away on real paper with the Sensu Brush -- after all, it IS a real brush. But don't. Instead, pull up one of your favorite iPad or iPhone sketching and painting apps, and go to work.
I must apologize to all of the artists who went out and purchased one of the other styluses I've recommended, because you're now going to need to spend another $40 on a Sensu Brush. Painters are going to love the feel of the Sensu Brush, which is much more like a real brush than a stylus.
I gave the Sensu Brush a try with several iPad apps just to see how well it worked. Before I did this, I watched some of the fun and friendly videos that Artist Hardware's Matt Lynaugh has recorded showing how to use the Sensu Brush with some of those apps. He has a couple of my favorite art apps -- Paper by 53 and Procreate -- featured in some of the videos.
While I'm not willing to subject you to any of my sketches or paintings ("Dammit Jim, I'm a blogger, not an artist!"), I will say this about the Sensu Brush: it feels more like a real artist's brush than any other stylus I've used so far. Will that make me a better artist as I practice more? Perhaps.
For me, it seemed like the Sensu Brush gave me a feeling of more control over the strokes than the pressure-sensitive styluses. While pressure-sensitivity can vary the stroke, the fact that you feel more like you are painting with the Sensu yields a more satisfactory experience, if not more accurate art.
Digital artists don't need to spend any more time looking for a stylus/brush for their iPad. The Sensu Brush may not have all of the battery-powered bells and whistles that the new pressure-sensitive stylusi do, but the actual feel of brush on screen provides a more realistic way to create art on an iPad.
Compact to carry, yet turns into a 7-inch brush in seconds
Actual brush bristles provide a way to do realistic stippling effects
Relatively inexpensive compared to powered, pressure-sensitive styluses
No batteries required
Who is it for?:
Artists and students who want a more realistic experience when creating art on the iPad or iPhone