Image from project created by Jay Tang / Google Poly

Painting is not just limited to standard canvases and two-dimensional digital platforms anymore. While traditional mediums are timeless, artists are challenging the norm by utilizing virtual reality to create larger-than-life paintings that move and interact.

With Google Tilt Brush, users can literally step into their canvas and create something bigger than what’s allowed with a physical medium. For example, there is no limit to how big your piece can be, because Tilt Brush allows users to draw things in proportion to actual size and even room-scale.

In this lesson, taught by Thomas Wester of Pacific Northwest College of Art, Wester explains the many features that are available on Tilt Brush — a VR application with a wide array of different brush tools to create textures, shapes, and strokes. He also demonstrates the three-dimensional nature of the program when he draws a frame and steps through it, perhaps one of the most perplexing yet interesting things about Tilt Brush. Since users don VR Goggles (Oculus Rift), they are fully immersed in their painting; artists can interact with all of the elements they create.

In fact, unlike its cousins, this specific tool is for the more artistically inclined as there are more artistic applications than technical. All in all, Google Tilt Brush is a good tool for those beginning to explore virtual mediums and digital art.

If you’re interested in VR and creating virtual art, check out our course Exploring the Mixed Reality Landscape. You can audit the class for free, or enroll and view the first session here.

Exploring the Mixed Reality Landscape

Pacific Northwest College of Art