Painting with the Oculus Rift
Virtual reality is slowly making its way into every aspect of our lives; be it medical, business related or creative. One of the most instantly popular apps that hail from the artsy creative side is called ‘Tilt Brush’.
Up till now, most of the apps or games released for the Oculus Rift headset have been all about consuming immersive technology and not enough about creating it. Tilt Brush completely changes that aspect and brings a whole new dimension to the world of visual arts. Developers hailing from San Francisco, Skillman and Hackett have produced this app to show the world how well virtual reality can mix with the world of art. Tilt Brush is already being called the new ‘MS Paint’ of the virtual reality field.
For users of Photoshop and CAD, the app shouldn’t be too hard to master. It does not require extreme technical skills but basic knowledge is needed before trying to use Tilt Brush for work. Users are given a 2-D plane interface to draw on but they have the option of manipulating the orientation of the plane to define a 3-D project or to bulk up negative space. Skillman has explained that by the manipulation and rotation of this plane, users can create a complete 3-D design. Even for those people who think that they are useless at drawing beyond doodles, Tilt Brush is a usable app. It has easy to use brushes with subtle pairings and dimensions that can help the user create an image of his choosing.
Despite the user friendly interface of the app, designing or creating imagery in the virtual world is not an easy task. Figuring out where the light will hit the subject is one of the most technical aspects of the whole job. One little miscalculation could ruin the entire design. To counter this difficulty, Tilt Brush developers added some tools like being able to alter the lighting a touch to fir the ambient lights, glowing paintbrushes that can let some users creatively incorporate the warm flicker of light coming from within a cabin, etc. These tools in Tilt Brush have taken inspiration from the CAD software and have incorporated the best of Photoshop too.
A demo of Tilt Brush was given using the latest prototype of the Oculus Rift headset, which gained immediate approval from fans and tech experts alike. Tilt Brush is an art app straight from the future and has the potential to be the next best thing. An official release date has not yet been set but Virtual Reality Times will closely follow the news and keep you updated.