Summer’s here, and it’s time for a spot of plein air drawing. Is this the bag to take with you into the great outdoors?
Summer’s here and it’s time to head out of the studio for a spot of plein air drawing. Is this the ideal art bag to take with you?
The Nomad is one of those stand-out art products that makes you want to pick up a pencil and start drawing
the Nomad’s build quality immediately makes it stand out among the plethora of art bags we’ve seen in the ImagineFX office. It’s well engineered, robust, attractive and highly adaptable. The outer material is ballistic nylon backed with rubber, making it resistant to moisture.
The weather proofing doesn’t stop there, though: the exterior YKK zips are also guarded by a rubber seal, which prevents wet stuff from getting inside and damaging your art materials. And it’s the interior of the satchel being where things get interesting.
Inside, the Nomad is divided into two halves: one side for your sketchbook, while the other side has a mesh pocket for supplies. Both halves have interchangeable strap boards attached to the casing via large strips of velcro. The straps on one board run vertically while the other board has them orientated horizontally, which caters for sketchbooks with different bindings.
Each elasticated strap has rows of rubber stitched through them to aid grip – the idea is that you interlace your tools through one or several straps to create a secure lattice. They work remarkable well, and if you grew up playing Tetris you quickly realise how much gear the boards can hold. There’s also two soft-fabric lined pockets on the outside front, the extra padding inside ensuring the safe transit of your tablet.
Depth is at a premium, mind. We tried getting an A4 hard-backed sketchbook in, along with a collection of art materials in their original boxes,
and things got a little too snug. We’re willing to let this slide though, because the Nomad’s design negates the need for a hard-backed sketchbook.
Although storage and safe transit of your drawing materials has been well thought out, where the Nomad really starts to shine is when you start using it to draw. Clever strap design enables you to go from the typical off-the-shoulder to more of a sling-type configuration, supporting your sketchbook against your stomach much like an usherette’s tray. This works when sketching in either portrait or landscape orientations.
Another piece of inspirational design is the inclusion of a removable tripod interface plate on the Nomad’s reverse side. This means you can attach it to a camera’s quick release and fix it to a tripod, turning the satchel into a drawing easel. It secures well and is very sturdy with no discernible balance issues. Nomad add-ons are on the drawing board, and we’re hoping that additional straps for carrying a tripod are heading our way.
The Nomad is one of those standout art products that, once you take a closer look, makes you want to pick up a pencil and start drawing. Around these parts we’re big fans of such inspirational objects, which is why the Nomad has definitely found its home within the ImagineFX setup.
The interchangeable strap boards mean that you can use any sketchbook type.
Combined with a tripod and the Nomad becomes a sturdy travel easel, for extended sketching sessions. Begone, water! The YKK zips help keep out the wet stuff. Use the Nomad’s rubberised straps to stop your art tools from floating around in the bag. The outer pockets are padded, ensuring your that tablet will be protected from bumps and scrapes.