Okay, I know this isn’t technically an art project, but it’s still a form of interactivity that I find interesting, so it counts, right? Tilt Brush combines my unboundedly increasing obsession with Google and my long-term love for virtual reality. Basically, it’s an environment in which you can “paint” in three dimensional space using their special Tilt Brush tool. You can choose color, stroke width, and all that good stuff, and then… just draw. In air. Technically, you need a VR headset to be able to see what you’re drawing, but that’s a small price to pay for the ability to instantly create 3D objects around you (either for fun or to plan out a future project). There have been 3D modeling tools out there for a while now, but Tilt Brush is different. It’s not as good if you want to run physics stimulations on your creations, but it’s so much better for abstract brainstorming of ideas. You can create all sorts of shapes fairly quickly, and then actually walk around them and see how they would look in the real world. This is an idea I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid, and something I think could be really useful to all kinds of artists in the future.
This video illustrates how Tilt Brush works, and while it looks a little simplistic now, the possibilities are endless. I bet that, in the not-so-distant future, it could be possible for users to smooth out the surfaces of the shapes they draw, because right now, that’s the main thing that bothers me about the drawings shown in the video below: they’re rough, and look a bit like they were put together with colorful strips of paper mache. Anyway, this whole project really excites me, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.