Years from now, tech aficionados and casual consumers alike won’t be able to dispute the importance of Tilt Brush to virtual reality’s growth. The program, from Google, gives users a virtual blank canvas and studio to create paintings, sculptures, and even works of music that can be maneuvered around in VR. Tilt Brush has been used to create art exhibits, make music videos, and even propose to significant others. Now an Australian artist has spent 48 hours straight creating a funhouse called SUTUWERLD and the result is quite surreal.
Sutu, real name Stu Campbell, is an illustrator, interactive designer, and writer that continues to blend technology with his artistry to create increasingly advanced experiences. He’s taken comic books to the next level with flowing, interactive experiences and even added layers through augmented reality. SUTUWERLD is taking his skills into the virtual arena through Tilt Brush and he brings a unique perspective to the tool. Commissioned by Google for the project, the four areas of the funhouse all have starkly contrasting styles so artists and those aspiring have a better idea of what they can create.
The first of the rooms shown in the video is a haunting dark scene highlighted by ethereal creatures shaped by green lines with hints of red. The second depicts a huge conflict between robots that elicits a cyberpunk styling with bright neon colors and moving parts simulating laser gunfire. Following that is a mashup of ocean and sky ecosystems with flying whales flanked by floating platforms containing characters seemingly on some fantastic journey. Lastly, is a man smoking a cigarette on a bench with a dove flying overhead. It’s simpler in its pencil-sketch styling but no less impressive in its detail. Google likely hopes these works of art will open new ways of thinking and creating in the Tilt Brush app, and maybe in virtual reality in general.
Sutu is working on a new augmented reality art book called Prosthetic Reality that will be paired with an iOS application called EYEJACK that brings the art to life with animation and sound. The project is currently funded on Kickstarter.