My Virtual Reality Art


Balinese Mask

Balinese Mask, Tiltbrush-version

Page under construction,  updated september 15,  2016

1. Intro
2. What makes painting in VR different from painting in real life?
3. The near future
4. My virtual reality art

Intro

I bought a HTC Vive Virtual Reality Glasses lately, to explore the possibilities in creating virtual art, using Google Tilt Brush. This is a program you can use to draw in virtual reality (VR), with all kinds of materials and (light-) effects. It’s a combination of sculpting and drawing. If some one can send me a Microsoft Hololens I’d like to explore the possibilities as well. Did you read this, Microsoft?  😉

What makes painting in VR different from painting in real life? 

The main difference I think is that you can view your work from all angles; when painting or drawing in real life, you have to suggest 3D, in VR you’re actually working in 3D, which makes it far more easier, if you get into the habit of walking around yopur work constantly.
Viewing different pieces of Tilt Brush art, I noticed that a lot of users still act like they were drawing in 2D. I made the same mistake myself; my first works of art looked more like 2D than 3D. It’s a process of learning, experimenting and adapting, which takes some time.
I also noticed that when working in virtual reality the size of the objects you are “drawing” is much bigger than you would draw in 2D. In 2D you are limited to the size of your paper or your canvas, the room you’re in, all kinds of limitations. If you discover any errors in your work, it takes more time to correct them, sometimes it’s even impossible. Working in VR allows you to pass those limitations: I’m working on mostly life-size models now, which I can save in various stages during the process of creating something. If something goes wrong, I can revert back to the previous version with the push of the button on my controller ( my pencils, brushes ). I don’t have to start all over again.

Drawing the mask you see in the animated gif on the left, took me 15 minutes.  It would have cost my days or even weeks to do the same in 2D, not to mention the size of the object. If you put on your VR-glasses you ‘ll be able to walk around or through the object, because it’s really very large, stretching from your feet to your head. This would be almost impossible to achieve in 2D. ‘Old fashioned’ drawing and painting has changed into a fascinating combination of sculpture, drawing and painting, which demands a totally different way of working with virtual materials. Imagine you could combine this with 3D-printing as well! This will happen in the near future.

The near future

In my opinion, when VR and AR ( Augmented Reality  ) become quite common through the use of different types of glasses or contact-lenses we pay visits to virtual galleries and museums, sitting in our comfortable chairs at home or wherever we are. Augmented reality will offer endless possibilities, as you can see in this movie “Hyper reality”, made by London based Keiichi Matsuda “working at the intersection of technology, media and architecture”
Is this a horrifying future? It might be for the ones not used to information-overload. Put off your glasses and everything will be normal, even dull again. You still can escape from the virtual world, you’ll still have control.


My virtual reality art

Objects on this page are made with Google Tilt Brush. From within Tilt Brush I can export models to several 3D programs, where you can add more filters. I’m using Sketchfab for this. Sketchfab allows viewing my work in a simulated 3D-environment by controlling it with your mouse if you don’t own a VR-glasses: twist, zoom in and out, etc.

“Spaghetti-monster”, 2016

Tiltbrush-version

Sketchfab-version,  interactive, VR ( with glasses ). View in full screen
Spaghetti Monster Tilt Brush

“Mondriaan revisited”, 2016

Tilt Brush Version


Sketchfab-version,  interactive, VR ( with glasses ). View in full screen

Mondriaan revisited- TiltBrush
by Rein Bijlsma


Tilt Brush-version


Sketchfab-version,  interactive, VR ( with glasses ). View in full screen

Pharao V1 Tilt Brush
by Rein Bijlsma
on Sketchfab


Tilt Brush version


Sketchfab-version,  interactive, VR ( with glasses ). View in full screen

Balinese Tiltbrush Mask V2
by Rein Bijlsma
on Sketchfab

 

 

Tilt Brush Version


Sketchfab-version,  interactive, VR ( with glasses ). View in full screen

Tilt Brush “Summer is over”
by Rein Bijlsma
on Sketchfab