Review: Zen Brush 2

We find out if the iPad app is of use to those who are keen to experiment with virtual ink brushes.

Our Verdict

The app is clever and it works. But using this on the iPad Pro is a much better experience.


  • Simulated pressure sensitivity with finger
  • Dry brush option works really well
  • Some support for stylus input
  • iPad Pro and pencil offers pressure and orientation sensitivity
  • Good selection of save/export options


  • Phone version lacking
  • Press too hard and fingertip will splay
  • Slight lag between the tail of any stroke catching up to the input

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zen brush 2 review

Zen Brush 2 is a limited but inspiring app

Unless you get the urge – or the commission – to create Japanese caligraphic-style art or lettering, then the Zen Brush 2 is probably not worth the small outlay, although you might have some fun giving this app a try as it is one of the more competent drawing apps for iPad.

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The Verdict

out of 10

Zen Brush 2

The app is clever and it works. But using this on the iPad Pro is a much better experience.

Rob Redman

Rob Redman is the editor of 3D World and ImagineFX magazines and has a background in animation, visual effects, and photography. As a 3D artist he created the mothership in the Webby winning Plot Device and was animator on the follow-up; Order up. He has created training for Cinema 4D and Blackmagic Design Fusion artists. He's been a published product and food photographer since the age of 15. As well as being a multi-instrumentalist, Rob is also an avid beard grower.