When Google released Tilt Brush for the HTC Vive, it quickly became clear that it’s going to be a fan favorite. Though almost anything Google touches these days turns to gold anyway (we’re not adding Google Glass to that list, however).
At first, I thought it was just an upgraded version of Microsoft Paint. But really it allows for so much more. Actually, Tilt Brush has inspired a lot of artists and non-artists alike to take up the brush and start creating virtual content. Some have captivated many people with their creations. It’s become quite popular and I think it’s because virtual reality allows for a story to come to life, 3D drawings to be viewed from all sides (and even inside) and new ways to immerse the viewer in the art. Here are some of the coolest things we could find that have been created using Tilt Brush.
1.That time when Glen Keane, an animator behind titles like The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, recreated the little mermaid in VR using Tilt Brush
Legendary animator Glen Keane gave the HTC a whirl and tested out his skills in a new medium. Apparently, he loved it. “In my animation, I have always been turning characters in space to show that they’re dimensional. This technology really opens that space up, and lets an artist like me draw what is already in my mind. That’s why I’ve felt strangely comfortable using it – like this was normal, in a way. I believed that I could actually draw in VR because it wasn’t so much about drawing the edges of a character as it was about believing in the form that existed within those edges. You really need to be thinking in terms of the dimensional form that you are defining.”
2.When Tilt Brush made an appearance on the tonight show
Okay so while these don’t exactly count as amazing works of art, it’s still pretty cool. NBC’s popular Late Night talk show The Tonight Show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon got a new segment called ‘Virtual Reality Pictionary’. Looks like they really enjoyed playing with it too. I think the biggest compliment to Tilt Brush would be how quickly each of them got into it without having to figure out how it works first. Which was one of the developer’s main goals when creating the software. “We’ve tried to minimize the number of buttons the user has to learn. Everyone knows how to use a pencil,” said one of the developers behind Tilt Brush, Patrick Hackett.
3.The first VR game has been created using Tilt Brush, called Paulo’s Wing
The game was created by the New York studio Angry Array. According to them, the game is a wave shooter where you have to defend heaven’s gate from waves of demons. You yourself are a cherub in the game. And you have the ability to use lightning strikes and to slow time. Apparently, all the artwork in the game was created using Tilt Brush, which was possible because Google recently updated its toolkit to allow creators to export and manipulate and animate their works.
4.Artist Adam Dylewski made a short film using Tilt Brush
The sheer amount of time and painstaking effort that must have gone into this is a testament to artists’ dedication to their craft. The film really speaks about how the music industry is evolving and how technology has influenced that. Which is why it’s apt that it was created using some of the latest tech we have available right now. Though you can already guess, upon asking about the theme of the short film, Dylewski told UploadVR that, “I made this sci-fi short to look at how VR, crowdfunding, remix culture, the death of the major record labels and super high-speed internet might transform the world of music in the next 20 years.”
5.The psychedelic tomb created by Sutu Eats Flies at a Pause Fest Tilt Brush battle
This work of mind-bending art was created by an Australian artist known as Sutu at the Pause Fest earlier this month. The artists only had 30 minutes to complete their entry. This was the winning piece. It starts out as a sword but you venture into the sword you find another world awaiting you. You can view the video on his Facebook post here.
6. Dong Yoon Park recreated a Star Wars battle scene in 3D
Dong (insert inappropriate joke here), a Designer and Creative technologist must be such a huge fan that he spent hours of his life recreating a Star Wars battle scene in Tilt Brush. The scene he created includes X-Wings, Imperial Star Destroyers and even the Death Star. He didn’t say which movie he created the scene from, but it does remind one of the final act of Return of the Jedi.
7. When the Australian band Ball Park Music created the first music video using Tilt Brush
Working with Director Jaymis Loveday, they created a music video for the song Whipping Boy. They decided to create the music video after Google updated its software in August last year to allow for audio-reactive brushes. They created the world in three days.
Do you use Tilt Brush? What other great works of art have you seen?