How to get Started with Nomad sculpt – The Complete Beginners Guide


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How to get Started with Nomad sculpt – The Complete Beginners Guide

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You wish to begin creating digital Sculpts as well, but you are unsure how to get started?

In this post, I will demonstrate how to begin working with digital sculpt using Nomad Sculpt from the very beginning. 

The wonderful thing about creating digital art and digital Sculpt is that it does not need to be expensive and an additional perk is that you can start your own lucrative 3D printing Business from Home.

In fact, it is possible that you already have the majority of the gears & tools you need!

All of the items that I provide as examples in this post are ones that I have personally tested myself or spoken to someone that has been using them.

If you want to make an informed decision about a product, I strongly suggest reading some reviews on it first. 

You will see, towards the end of this post, what I believe to be the most effective method for getting started with the digital art Business.

Take from this article what you require, and then make a choice that is well thought out and based on your own unique circumstances. 

Questions to Ask Yourself Before starting your Digital Sculpting Journey

Let’s address some of the most often-asked questions regarding digital art before moving on to your first creation.

Do I have to be good at Drawing and able to sculpt?

Simply put, NO, you can begin your sculpting learning path by working first online. But if you can draw, you’ve already got an advantage.

Should I get an iPad or a tablet?

As I’ve said, you can start creating digital art on your phone if you want to, but if you want to make it your career, having a laptop and a graphic tablet (or an iPad) is highly advised.

Do I need a graphic tablet or an iPad to use Nomad sculpt

Yes, You can use either Tablets or iPad ( as Nomad Sculpt is available on both iOS and Android) .

However, You need an iPad or a Tablet to start sculpting using Nomad Sculpt.

You can view our advice on the Best iPad for Drawing if you decide to look for an iPad.

Check out my Newly set up Etsy store to sell my 3D-printed Tabletops & Figurines.

I created all the listed Items on Nomad sculpt, and printed them on Anycubic Photon MONO X 3D printers.

Should I use a stylus to sculpt in Nomad sculpt?

This is a challenging query. While a stylus is strongly advised for beginners & pros alike, especially if you want to switch to another interface like a graphic tablet where a stylus is the only tool you work with, it is possible to create art with your phone and your finger, and some people even manage to create amazing pieces with just that.

Do I have to  learn Human Anatomy to start digital sculpt

I would say, a bit of Knowledge about human anatomy will work wonders if you want to take your Digital sculpting to another level.

For instance, If you want to make it your career or you want to go towards Human Portrays of likeness( Which is my specialty)  you’d need some human anatomy Knowledge.

Don’t fret guys & Gals! I have written a blog for 10+ best Human Anatomy Books to purchase for artists.. check that out..

I have a science master’s degree and I have studied a lot of human anatomy in my academics.

Also, I have read many of the books that I have read including this here that can help many new Digital sculpting Enthusiasts…

How to get started with digital Sculpting using Nomad sculpt:
Gears & Tools

1. The Tech Stuff

With a wide range of toolkits and an easy-to-use interface, Nomad Sculpt is an iPad 3d sculpting software

Nomad sculpt is software, worth using for 3d Sculpting based on its cost, usability, Quality of the End product, and the less Steep Learning curve.

It’s important to think about the best options for your creative process before investing in one of these amazing tiny sketching applications like Nomad Sculpt.

I would say, it’s quite tricky selecting an iPad for Nomad sculpt. As you increase the size of your 3D model on some iPads it starts becoming laggy. 

So, For a more flawless and smooth experience use iPads 2020 and onwards. Any iPad made after 2020 with M1 Chip or A12/A13 Bionic Chip is Robust and suitable for Nomad sculpt 3d Art creation.

 I use the Apple iPad Pro for all my Nomad Creations. I use this Bigger iPad for a better Sculpting Experience. But, if you are a beginner you can start with the iPad Mini 6th Gen.

If you are on a Budget use>> Apple iPad (9th Gen)

I have Options for you to get it either from Amazon or from Walmart.

5 Best iPads for Nomad Sculpt in 2023

  1. Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, 2021) — The best value iPad for Nomad Sculpt
  2. Apple iPad Mini 6th Gen ( latest( 2021 Onwards) Versions)— The best beginner Friendly iPad for Nomad Sculpt
  3. Apple iPad Air 5th Gen (2022) — The best iPad for Nomad Sculpt with advanced features 
  4. Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) — The best iPad for Nomad Sculpt overall (Editor’s Choice)
  5. Apple iPad (9th Gen) — The best budget iPad for Nomad Sculpt

Pro Note:

Note: Avoid Buying Older than 2020 iPads for any 3d Apps for 3d artwork. Even though the M1 chip was started in 2018 many of the Older iPads ( older than 2020 ) are not quite suitable for Nomad Sculpt, the 3d models become quite Laggy & less Energy Efficient.

So, use iPads made in 2020 and Onwards for a Flawless 3d modeling Experience.

2. The software – Nomad Sculpt App

Nomad Sculpt App

Nomad Sculpt is a sculpting app available for both iPad and Android. If you have an iPad, you’ll have to purchase it to download it. 

On Android, however, you can download it for free and unlock the tools via in-app purchases. (let me tell you all, the free version has limited features….)

The full set of features includes several brushes, primitive shapes, polygon cutting tools, and loops; the tools are also sensitive to pencil pressure. 

You can separate your modifications into different layers to easily go back and forth, and avoid damaging certain areas.

3. iPad Accessories

If you getting a paid version of Nomad Sculpt on iPad, the thing I talk about the most, the thing I promote the most, and the one I use the most personally is my fave iPad Pro.

I use iPad Pro for all my sculpts that I create using Nomad Sculpt and procreate( For digital art & painting)

Therefore, it is only inevitable that I get a lot of queries regarding the accessories the artists ought to acquire for their iPads in order to get the most out of using them. Let’s look at it, shall we?

 I use the Apple iPad Pro  & 2nd Gen Apple Pencil for all my 3D Art Creations. I use this Bigger iPad for a better Sculpting Experience. But, if you are a beginner you can start with the iPad Mini 6th Gen. If you are on a Budget use Apple iPad (9th Gen).

I also use other accessories like  Paperlike Screen protector for iPad, Original Apple pencil Tips, a Case for iPad Pro( 12.9″), a Drawing stand, Apple magic Keyboard for iPad Pro & Moko felt sleeve for Extra Protection.

Read this Complete guide for iPad Accessories for Digital Art

My Fav iPad Kit for Digital Sculpting using Nomad sculpt

  1. Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) — The best iPad for digital Artists overall (Editor’s Choice)
  2.  2nd Gen Apple PencilBest Stylus for Digital Artists
  3.  Paperlike Screen protector for iPad– The best screen protector for Artists
  4.  Original Apple pencil Tips
  5.  Apple magic Keyboard for iPad Pro
  6.  Case for iPad pro( 12.9″)
  7.  Homiee sleeve for Extra & better Protection.
  8. Seagate Portable 4TB External Hard- to protect and archive your HD art work
  9. iPad Stand for Flexibility on the couch and iPad stand on the desktop

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4. Human Anatomy Books

It is possible to compare sketching the human body without appropriate knowledge of anatomy to playing a game without utilizing the rule book, which can be quite difficult and unpleasant for the player. 

Drawing the human body without adequate knowledge of anatomy might be compared to this. 

However, if you follow the instructions provided, you will be able to master the game since you will have an understanding of the strategies and the dynamics involved.

Because anatomy is so particular, having a comprehensive knowledge of it is necessary if you want to steer clear of making anatomical errors in your drawings. 

It would appear that all that is required to generate realistic anatomical drawings is a solid grounding in fundamental drawing techniques as well as the appropriate materials.

My Top 3 Fav Books for Digital Sculpting

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5. Nomad sculpt eBook- A Beginner-friendly eBook

Well, now you have all the Required Gear and software to create your First Digital Sculpt with Nomad sculpt App.

Now Time to learn…We released this Comprehensive guide to Learn Nomad Sculpt in April 2022 and as of now, around 750+ Copies have been sold & downloaded.

Packed with my step-by-step ways to learn Nomad Sculpt for beginners..

Everything from essential fundamentals, An in-depth Journey with Nomad, and sculpt tools to how to sculpt a simple Object

All you need is this iPad, Apple Pencil, and $32. $19.47( 40 % Off) to Purchase this eBOOK. Use code NOMAD

PS: This is a handy Guide to keep with you when you are Learning Nomad sculpt and even after…

Complete Blueprint to Learn Nomad Sculpt helps you with :

  • Learn about the Essential fundamentals of Nomad 3D Sculpting
  • In-depth details about Nomad sculpting Basic and Special Tools with screenshots
  • How to Sculpt a simple Object in Nomad Sculpt with screenshots
  • Nomad Sculpt Post Process Tips


This eBook is an excellent resource for  Nomad Sculpting  Beginners! 

This guide is comprehensive yet without the fluff!

  • Essential Fundamentals about Nomad Sculpt 
  •  In-Depth Info and Details about Nomad Sculpt tool **
  • Nomad Sculpt Resources***
  • How to Sculpt an Object in Nomad Sculpt****
  • Plus much More info, Tips, and hacks about using Nomad Sculpt


Use coupon code NOMADGUIDE  at the checkout to get 40% off the Original price

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Is Nomad Worth it for Digital Sculpt:

I’m glad you asked., Considering that almost everything we do in this day and age involves some sort of digital or online interaction, producing remarkable works of art using the digital medium ought to be a simple procedure. 

Using Nomad Sculpt is a terrific way to get started with 3D sculpting, and if you’re already familiar with ZBrush, you can export your creations from Nomad and continue working on them in ZBrush.

Nomad Sculpt App comes with AN EASY-TO-USE UI that is Created with mobile-on-the-go in mind from the ground up. It’s important to have a firm grip on the pencil (Apple Pencil, Samsung S Pen, etc) and OBJ, STL, and glTF file forms are supported.

When you factor in the Apple Pencil, you have a combination that is created in a digital paradise. 

There are classes that you can take or you can teach yourself, but it does take some time to get used to using it, so keep that in mind if you’ve never done either one of those things before.

In conclusion, Nomad Sculpt is one of our preferred programs for 3d Art ( Sculpting), and it offers you a variety of helpful features for you to Sculpt anything on the go…

Also Read: What can you do with nomad sculpt? 5 Cool Things you can do with Nomad sculpt

What are the Business Opportunities with Nomad sculpt 3d Sculpt?

So, Once you have enough Knowledge to Create 3d Digital Sculpts using Nomad sculpt, You can indeed start a Business out of your Nomad sculpt 3d Sculpt.

I will list what I do with My Nomad 3D sculptures.

  1. I put up my digital sculpts( generic ones) on sale on Gumroad/Etsy
  2. I offer Real-time sculpts for my clients- many of my clients get their or their loved ones’ digital sculptures done as a gift or to print them out.
  3. You can start your Miniature 3D printing Business. 3D printing is a unique method of bringing almost any digital design into the physical world without the need for particularly specialized tooling or high production costs.
  4. Read my latest Blog on How to start a 3D Miniature printing Business from HOME using Nomad Sculpt. You can create your Chosen sculpt on Nomad sculpt and print on the Resin printer and sell online. My fave 3D printer for miniature Printing is Anycubic Photon Mono X available at Walmart and at Amazon.
  5. It’s the best Budget Friendly and most efficient 3d printer available in the market. Read my article 11+ best 3D printers on Budget. Also, Read my article How to Prep 3D models for printing before you attempt to print your Sculpt.
  6. Below is an example of an artwork made in Nomad Sculpt and printed on Anycubic Photon MONO X Resin printer
Made By Tim Timmons

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My new ebook, “You can Sculpt Anything“-The Comprehensive Guide to Learn Nomad Sculpt is now available on Amazon! So XCiting!!

About the Author:

Manny Acharya is the co-founder of Artmellows. Your Goto place for Design, Digital Art, Digital sculpting, Photography, Tools & Gears Info, and Product Reviews.

Manny is a Digital Artist, 3D Sculpt Designer, Ardent Photography & Tech Lover. He supercharges Digital Art & Design by crafting memorable 3d Sculpts & 2D Design & Art.

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