Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Moment in Time

Before I talk about this piece I wanted to first borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs.
"Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything."
To me this applies to the Oculus Rift & Touch in combination with "Quill": A VR painting tool developed by oculus story studio. After doing several paintings in VR, one of them being "Worlds in Worlds", Quill already changed the way I look at art forever. And just as I thought it can't get more exciting the Quill team let me test a version of Quill with animation capabilities.
Immediately I started thinking about how I could use it in my work. Several years ago I used to create animated gifs in form of endless loops. I always liked how these gifs could capture moments far better than a single painting. That made me think:
"What if I painted and animated a moment in time that people could explore and experience from multiple angles at their own pace?"
This is when I started working on my first animated Quillustration. I started with a street and animated a guy walking down this street frame by frame. Then I added a guy smoking a cigarette on the other side of the street all as looping animations. The more I added to the scene the more magical it became. Seeing my painted characters come alive and being inside my painting with them was incredible. The scene kept growing and as I added positional audio to the mix it became complete. This piece took me about 80 hours to finish and the fact that Quill allows a single person to create something like this is still mind boggling to me. Important to note, what you are about to see is a real time capture of the animated Quillustration meaning it’s all running in real time inside Quill. This new medium is truly something extraordinary, it's more than I could have ever dreamed of! So thank you Inigo Quilez and the Quill team to make this possible!
This is "A Moment in Time"


Emanuele said...

Very interesting, even if it's not very clear to me how it works and, above all, how it works compared to traditional 3D animation.

I will take a look at it :)

Homeless Drone said...

You just a wonderful discoverer, I am your Padawan for life!

Jake Rupert said...

Hi Goro,

This is so stunning and just 80 h work of just one (though ingenious) person, incredible!!!
I expect whole movies done this way soon.
I hope this version of Quill will soon be available for everybody and also be affordable.

How about mixing this with medium?

I love your "speed paint" style, but would this also work in a more elaborate illustration style or is Quill kind of naturally "guiding " you to this way of painting, meaning how much would different styles be possible?

thanks a lot for showing us this!

cheers und alles,alles Gute!

;) Jake