No­mad

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?

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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.

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