This week we were tasked with exploring Tiltbrush, Quill or Medium. Tiltbrush was one of the first programs I’d tried out in VR so I thought I would try Quill out instead. I quickly found out that I am much fonder of Tiltbrush than Quill. Using Quill after Tiltbrush just felt so flat. It lost a lot of the wonder of painting in 3D. There were no shadows and the background was a flat white. If there was depth I couldn’t see it well. I’m sure much of this preference has to do with my artistic ability. I’m not the most talented painter and my frustrations of painting in Quill were the same as those I have of painting on a canvas. It seemed so much more serious, it wasn’t really transporting. I was so disheartened with my Quill whirlpool I didn’t save it. I have the fbx files but it’s not worth finding the image.
My inspiration for what I wanted the whirlpool to look like was Anish Kapoor’s whirlpool made with the blackest ink.
This is basically what my Quill whirlpool looked like:
Obviously I wasn’t very happy with my result. I decided to revert back to using Tiltbrush in order to make a whirlpool I wasn’t horribly embarrassed about. And using Tiltbrush is just so fun. I blocked myself off an hour to explore all of the different backgrounds and effects. It feels so magical. I love the different backgrounds – painting in space just makes you feel more free and you can appreciate your squiggles even if it’s only because of the effects. I used the splatter brush to make the water and it added a lot of depth. I didn’t realize how important the shadows were to helping my brain process the depth and height of what I was making until I didn’t have it in Quill. I used the smoke as the foam on the water and snow as for water sprinkles.
I tried out using the audio reactive brushes and they were AMAZING. It was so pleasurable.
Here’s some great space painting music: