The new streamlined Sensu Solo Brush turns digital artwork into a traditional painting experience. The bristles of the Sensu Solo Brush utilize the same special advanced hair technology that Sensu is infamous for.
The handle is the perfect length and balance for digital “painting.” It even has a tapered shaft giving it the feel of a real paintbrush handle. The digital paintbrush’s weight is a direct result of the handle being created from solid aircraft-grade aluminum. The outward appearance of the digital paintbrush is one thing, but it’s the perfection of the bristles that creates the painterly magic.
I was very impressed with the results I achieved using only the Solo Brush in the ArtRage App on my iPad. It worked with precision in all mediums, from the thin lines of a graphic pen to the wide curves of the blending tools. It even responded to hard and soft strokes, distributing a variety of painterly values.
The brush felt so natural that I forgot I was painting on a digital surface with a digital instrument. Unlike Drawing Pens, the Solo Brush is intuitive to an artist, as you are painting directly on the surface, instead of on a drawing tablet that transfers to a surface. Plus, the brushes actually bend, creating a paint flow comparable to a traditional paintbrush (see upper right purple strokes in the following image).
Unlike the Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus, the Solo Brush comes with a clear hard plastic cover that protects the bristles. This is a great feature to protect the paintbrush hairs when storing the brush. However, the plastic cover is too large to fit on the non-brush end when painting. I prefer a cover that fits on both ends of the brush. I know that it’s a picky complaint, but I have a horrible habit of misplacing non-attached items. I guess it is a trade-off feature, as the extra large plastic cap makes storage quick, easy, and does an excellent job of damage-control to the bristles.
I also miss the stylus on the non-bristle end. As much as I was captivated with the paintbrush hairs on the Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus, I was equally impressed with the stylus. Although the new Solo Brush achieves the same paintbrush results when in painting mode, I found myself switching over to a stylus when moving to a non-art function (like save). In those cases, the bristles were too soft, in a traditional paintbrush manner, to perform the job of a stylus.
Even with my two minor criticisms, I have always felt that Sensu is a trust-worthy company that cares about the quality of their products; and truly listens to the feedback of their customers.With a $24.99 price point, the new Sensu Solo Brush, with its extended well-balanced handle and innovative paintbrush hairs, is an excellent buy. For digital artists longing for a traditional painting experience, look no further … the ground-breaking Sensu Solo Brush is here!
The Sensu Solo Brush plays-well with many Artsy-Apps, including the following: ArtRage, Sketchbook Pro, Paper by Studio 53, Procreate, Auryn Ink, SketchTime, Zen Brush, Finger Painter, and Adobe PS Touch.
The Sensu Solo Brush can also be used on the following touch devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Surface, Nexus, Galaxy Tab, Nook, BlackBerry Playbook, Samsung Tablet, and the Dell Latitude 10, as well as many other touch devices.
My Review of the Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus
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