The Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus was the 5th project I backed on Kickstarter, I backed it because I find the capacitive brush stylus interesting and I have not seen any stylus like that in the market before. The Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus consists of 2 tips, which is the brush tip and the rubber tip located at the opposite end of the stylus.
Backed the project on 22nd September 2011, it became officially funded on 21st October 2011 after raising US$65,823 (the goal was only US$7,500). The Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus was about 5 months in the making and I received the product on the 11th April 2012.
The price is pretty reasonable, paid US$25 for it and an extra US$5 for the shipping to Singapore which adds up to US$30 (S$37.70) in total. The final retail price will be US$34.95 (excluding shipping).
The build of the brush is pretty good, it is made of metal with classic chrome finish. The brush tip is pretty sensitive but I was kinda disappointed with the rubber tip because it is less sensitive than the Power Support Smart Pen that I bought. I have to press the rubber tip hard against my iPad screen for it to detect the input. Just to clarify, I have a screen protector pasted on my iPad but I don’t think that is the issue because I have no problem with the Power Support Smart Pen.
I got it from Kickstarter and hence it comes with the Kickstarter exclusive felt travel sleeve to hold the brush!
Here are some of the iPad apps (App Store link) that you can use the brush with as recommended by Sensu Brush:
- Procreate – Sketch, paint, create. (US$4.99)
- SketchTime – Quick Sketch & Simple Note (US$1.99)
- ArtRage (US$4.99)
- Auryn Ink (US$3.99)
- SketchBook Pro for iPad (US$4.99)
- Brushes – iPad Edition (US$7.99)
- Paper by FiftyThree (Free)
I totally recommend Paper by FiftyThree, it is free but it comes with only 1 type of brush, you can get the remaining 4 brushes in the Essentials Pack for US$7.99 (via in-app purchase). It is worth it!