I may have previously mentioned sculpting and art within virtual reality, I do not remember if I have. Another fun health issue, my ever failing memory. I combed my previous posts and did not site one addressing this, and as it is one the mediums I seem to be adoring the most as of late, I would be remiss to not mention it.
The above is a quick burst of some of the sculpting I have been trying to learn in Virtual Reality.
When I first tried VR a while ago, it was on a unit that went with my cell phone. The VR Gear from Oculus, designed specifically for Samsung. I knew the minute I “stepped in” that I would be hooked.
Many moons ago, (1995 to be specific) I fell in love with a television show called VR5*. The concept behind this show truly drew me in. Once the show stopped airing, my fascination remained.
Fast forward to 2015, a friend tagged me in on a post via Facebook. The post showed someone immersed in a virtual reality scene and drawing all around them. I swear to you, my heart stopped. My eyes filled with tears. Okay, even now as I am typing this, I am welling up with tears. I really cannot explain to you the feeling. It was just incredible. I knew I HAD to have this.
When it was time to replace our cell phones, I was surprised to see that as a bonus, the company was offering the choice of either the VR kit or an expanded memory card. My husband chose the expanded memory card and I, obviously chose the VR. Thankfully, later my husband gave me the memory card too as between the VR and my propensity to take pictures of everything and everything I needed it.
When the kit arrived, I dove right in. I was a bit gutted to then realize the art program I was tagged on earlier was not available on the phone based VR. I was shattered. Okay, that is a bit dramatic, I wasn’t shattered, but I was a bit saddened. Nonetheless, the fact that this amazing device made everything look better to my failing eyes was amazing. Plus, well, I am a gamer, so I got straight on that aspect and began playing non stop.
Suddenly, I started reading more and more about the virtual art. I found one app that actually did work on the set I had. Sadly, it was just not as intuitive as those I was seeing advertised and boasted about.
My husband is an amazing man. He is not an art fan, whatsoever. However, he has always been extremely supportive of me and my career and the many financial burdens it places on us as a family. Let’s face it, artistry and illustration is hardly lucrative. Nonetheless, he has never once suggested it is a burden. So, it should be no surprise that he went in head first and purchased me the full system needed to use Oculus Rift. Though my computer was not that old at the time, it certainly lacked a lot that was the required minimum to run a Virtual Reality system. As if the system itself alone weren’t expensive enough, this required a brand new computer and monitor. Did I mention he is amazing already?
It has been a love affair ever since. I do not manage to do art and sculpt nearly as often as I would like to enable myself the time needed to learn it all. However, for now as I am amidst normal day to day chores, home schooling my beautiful teenager, and illustrating children’s picture books, I realize any time at all to do anything else at all is precious!
My eye sight is worsening and I missed my last appointment and must reschedule it soon. I fear I may not be able to achieve all I would like via VR as if I cannot see, that will be something I absolutely cannot do.
To see my sculpting progress please feel free to follow my Oculus Gallery.
You can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel. For now, I am not publishing sculpting videos, I hope to once I learn more.
My first attempt at sculpting.
This is supposed to be a love monster.
Tried making a lighthouse.
*To learn more about VR5 please visit it’s Wikipedia Page or the IMDB Page. Episodes are also available on YouTube.