Check out Nomad: a nice new sculptor app for iOS and Android
Saturday, August 8, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
Nomad in action, in a demo video by digital sculptor and creature artist Glen Southern. The new app makes it possible to shape, redesign and paint organic models on iOS and Android tablets.
Former Sketchfab developer Stéphane Ginier has released Nomad, a promising new digital sculptor app for iPads and Android tablets.
The $ 13.99 app allows artists to sculpt and paint organic characters on the go, then export the results in OBJ or glTF format for refinement in other DCC software.
A well-rounded set of functions for digital sculpting, 3D painting and remeshing
Nomad includes a well-rounded set of sculpting features adapted for use on a touchscreen or with the iPad's Apple Pencil pen.
This includes a basic set of brushes, including tone, crease, move, flatten, and smooth, with support for drop-off, standard control parameters, alphas, and masking. plus line and curve cutting tools.
The app has a dynamic tessellation system, similar to that of desktop tools like ZBrush or Mudbox, which automatically changes the resolution of the part of the mesh to be modeled to accommodate new details.
Users can also voxel remesh the sculpture for a uniform level of detail, like with ZBrush's DynaMesh toolset. or switch manually between different resolution levels.
Nomad also has a vertex color system that can be used to roughen surface colors. and supports PBR rendering, including the option to light a sculpture with a custom HDR environment.
Both sculpture and painting are based on layers and make it possible to work non-destructively.
Completed sculpts can be exported to other DCC applications in OBJ or glTF format, although only glTF retains color and layer information.
An alternative to Forger for sculpting in motion
In his video overview (embedded above), leading digital sculptor and creature artist Glen Southern describes Nomad as an "amazing, full-featured package" and a serious alternative to Javier Edo's Forger.
Forger, one of the earliest iPad sculpting apps, remains the mobile sculpting tool of many artists nearly nine years after its original release.
In the comments, Southern notes that it is "too early to say which is the best" and that both of them are "amazing" apps.
One advantage of Nomad over Forger, however, is that it isn't just limited to the iPad, but works on Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy range as well.
Pricing and system requirements
Nomad is available for iOS 9.1+ and Android 4.4+. It costs $ 13.99.
For more information on Nomad, see the product website
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