Beautiful harmony of the soul.
The sensation of a skillful stroke.

Beautiful harmony of the soul.
The sensation of a skillful stroke.

Zen Brush 2 is a drawing app focused on the strong yet beautiful feel of the East Asian ink brush. With a new drawing engine that brings to life a feeling of silky fluent painting and the delicacy of an ink brush, providing a simple and intuitive user interface imbued with the Zen spirit, this app is designed to be optimal for performing Zen art.

Strong yet beautiful.
More brush-like than a real brush.

The app includes a new drawing engine based on a 3D model of an East Asian ink brush. Strokes change according to the movement of your finger, providing a sensation just like a real ink brush. An even more varied and deep expressiveness is now possible.


A depiction of your heart.

You can now select the degree of ink dispersion. Enjoy the complex, three-dimensional expressiveness of ink-wash painting where the ink gradually soaks into washi (Japanese paper).

Dry

A brush with little water that easily produces kasure (scratchiness). Great for producing a rough appearance.

Std (Standard)

A brush with a standard amount of water that has moderate nijimi (blurring). Great for a smooth appearance with little kasure (scratchiness).

Wet

A brush with a lot of water that easily produces nijimi (blurring). Great for producing a pale, fleeting appearance.


The beauty of light and shade.

By adjusting the thickness of the ink, you can reproduce shades ranging from dark, thick ink to light, diluted ink. Try creating subtle artwork by combining shadowy depictions and light coating.


Fascinatingly vivid.

You can now use red ink in addition to the main black ink. It can be used in many ways such as for signature seals, corrections or to create breaks in color. Use it to best effect.


Great variety of styles.

Enhance your work’s expressiveness by choosing from a collection of 92 rich background style templates.


Supports the iPad Pro

By using the Apple Pencil, not only can you accurately control the drawing position and change the thickness of your lines by adjusting the pressure of your strokes, the inclination and orientation of your brush is also taken into account to create an even more realistic experience. Additionally, by using Split View, you can draw while simultaneously looking at a reference image of your choice.


Supports iMessage Apps New

You can easily draw text and illustrations from within iMessage Apps available in iOS 10. You can send large, impressive images, but you can also stick your images as stickers on photos and messages. The drawings and stickers you create are saved in the Zen Brush 2 iMessage App, so you can easily reuse them. We also included a collection of new background templates, such as speech balloons, specifically for iMessage. (The large images shown on the right were created using the app and are not included within the app).


Other features.

Canvas zoom and
guide lines

Canvas zoom

Add fine details by zooming in to the canvas using gestures (pinch out/pinch in). Use 2-finger tap to quickly toggle between normal and zoomed display (zoom magnification of 100%).

Guide lines

Use the guide lines as reference for laying out your painting. Use them for horizontal, vertical and central positioning, or as a reference for character size, to help you create well balanced artwork.


Finger pressure simulation.

You can express thickness from stroke strength even without a pressure sensitive stylus thanks to a feature that simulates brush pressure based on the touch area on the screen. Furthermore, with a device supporting 3D Touch (iPhone 6s series), the actual pressure of your strokes is reflected realistically even when you use your finger or a basic stylus.

Support for styluses.

Works with a wide range of stylus pens. Supports button shortcut settings, palm rejection, etc. Furthermore, you can adjust the brush sensitivity level (5 levels) in Zen Brush 2 to create your own preferred drawing feel.

Supported styluses:

Apple Pencil / Wacom Intuos / Adonit Jot / Ten1 Pogo / Hex3 Jaja / Cregle iPen2

* The Apple Pencil is exclusive to the iPad Pro. It is not compatible with other devices.
* Styluses other than the Apple Pencil are not supported on the iPad Pro. We plan to add support in future updates depending on the support situation of each stylus' maker. (As of November 2015).

Share your work on social networks.

You can publish your work to Facebook and Twitter directly from within the app. Use "Open In" to open, share and edit your images in other apps such as Instagram, LINE, Photoshop Mix, etc.

Features

  • 92 background style templates.
  • Simple brush size adjustment with slider.
  • Simple main tools: Ink brush, red brush, eraser brush.
  • 3 levels of ink dispersion.
  • 3 levels of ink tone.
  • Canvas zoom (with pinch gestures).
  • Guide lines (9 types).
  • Undo / redo (5 levels).
  • Save your work to the photo library.
  • Open in other apps (Formats: JPEG, PNG, transparent PNG (no background)).
  • Post to Facebook and Twitter.
  • Simulated finger pressure.
  • Support for pressure sensitive styluses (on iPad only. Only Apple Pencil supported on iPad Pro).
  • Support for iPad Pro.
  • Support for 3D Touch (iPhone 6s / 6s Plus only).
  • Adjustable brush pressure sensitivity (5 levels).
  • Supports multitasking (Slide Over / Split View).
  • Supports iMessage Apps. New

Price

  • iOS version $2.99

Requirements

iPhone (4s and up)
iPod touch (5th generation and up)
iPad (2 and up), iPad Pro, iPad mini
Requires iOS 8.0 and up

This universal app is optimized for both the iPhone and the iPad.

Support

Please send us your inquiries using the support form. Latest news available on Twitter.

Press kit download

Documents available for media use. Please download and use freely.
(Icons, logos, screen shots)