Tilt Brush Virtual Reality Painting Exhibition Report
The world’s first ever virtual reality art exhibition was held last weekend @ Grand Theatre on Mission Street, San Francisco organized by the founders of Tilt Brush, Drew Skillman and Patrick Hackett who joined forces with Stefano Corazza (event Creative Director) and Olia Pospelova (production).
Tilt Brush Event Captured on 360 Video
Virtual Reality Reporter team gave a first try to capture a VR event on 360 video, we used a GoPro 360 video camera sponsored and stitched by VRIDEO ( Vrideo has been shut down, so here is related info on this page. It was fun, but at the same time, we realized it is not as easy as it looks!
Tilt Brush, a game changing virtual reality application was the winner of the “Best GUI” at the 2014 Proto Awards. Google acquired Tilt Brush back in April, 2015.
I can definitely foresee Tilt Brush’s potential as game changer that provides new ways to create virtual reality content. The attendees displayed amazed reactions as they view virtual art works on the Oculus DK2 goggles from the eight demo stations.
The glowing and flowing art work created by Tilt Brush is alive in 3D, changing shapes and forms in ways similar to a live animation.
For examples, Tilt Brush can enable artists to create animated virtual art such as fluffy clouds dropping rain, stars twinkle in the nightfall sky, and waterfall flowing down a cliff.
Everything created by Tilt Brush is floating in a 3D virtual space and environment. With Oculus DK2’s integrated positional tracking, audience can move behind a painted tree or stand under a cloud with raindrops falling overhead.
The user interface is quite amazing. An extremely user-friendly virtual touch pad floats in the corner within the virtual environment, and it remains hidden when the user is painting. The touch pad only appears when user scroll or swing their controller to the side, very clever design!
Inventor, Founder / Patrick Hackett
Patrick is co-creator of Tilt Brush. Former Future Tech department Double Fine. Follow Patrick’s Twitter: @playmorevgames
Inventor, Founder / Drew Skillman
Drew Skillman is co-creator of Tilt Brush, Technical Artist and Visual Artist. Drew builds games, art & social interactions for the next generation of interactive entertainment. Drew Skillman website: https://drewskillman.com/
Event Creative Director: Stefano Corazza
Stefano is a 3D animation artist. He is also the former CEO of Mixamo, now at Adobe. Official website: http://www.stefanocorazza.org/
Lead Producer: Olia Pospelova
Olia is a tech-loving Sociocultural Anthropologist, Environmental Scientist, and a Craftswoman. https://twitter.com/OliaPospelova
Surprisingly, as we chatted with co-founder Draw Skillman, he told us that Tilt Brush was a beautiful accident while the team was working on an AR prototype. Sometimes miracle happens by accident.
At the exhibition, several artists went on stage to demonstrate what it is like to paint with Tilt Brush. A HTC Vive developer edition headset and two hand-held controllers were used, and the only thing required is your wildest imagination and creativity!
When asked about how steep is the learning curve for Tilt Brush?
Drew “ The user interface is intuitive….we want everyone to have fun and start drawing and painting, just like when we were kids again; think about those paintings from Bob Ross “The Joy of Painting” show, that’s our concept!”
When I was inside the virtual environment created by Tilt Brush, as I looked around and trying to discover what’s in the virtual space, it really feels like I was immersed in a story told by the painter.
Imagine how amazing it would be if in the future, users can even interact with the objects floating in the virtual environment and co-create or edit a virtual reality painting with the artist in real-time and make each painting a never ending story.
The participated artists and their art works are as follow:
Title: Girl with Tear III, in VR
Artist: Patrick Hackett
Description: An exploration in classics, reinterpreted for virtual reality.
Title: Self Portrait #3
Artist: Drew Skillman
Description: Floating, pencil thin lines form this unconstrained sketchbook doodle.
Artist: Drew Skillman
Description: Graffiti and light-painting remixed in space.
Artist: Stefano Corazza
Description: Can giraffes see above the clouds? Can a hot air balloon lift me up in the sky? Kindergarten landscapes are full of childhood dreams, and fears.
Artist: Justin Patten
Decription: My heavy handed scribbling meant to represent the general contentedness of the greater “we” in the face of inconvenient looming danger.
Title: Heavy Metals
Artist: Drew Skillman
Description: Heavy metal album cover, In VR
Artist: Akin Bilgic
Description: Inspired by my experience camping under the dark skies of the California wilderness, this sketch is my attempt to share that sense of peace and grand context felt when watching the billions of stars of the Milky Way slowly streak across the night sky.
Artist: Mitra Shahidi / Story Artist
Description: This piece is an homage to Boticelli’s Venus. With a modern fantasy appraoch it is meant to place the observer in Venus’ personal space and feel her aura.