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The Beginner's Guide to VR Art Creation Apps in 2020

Alongside gaming and training, another area where the virtual reality (VR) shines is as a tool for creativity. The ability to navigate and operate within 3D space firsthand can feel more natural than pointing and clicking on a monitor. From sculpting to animating, there's a range of software for creating in VR. However, with how fast the industry changes, figuring out where to start can be daunting, so we compiled this list.

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Spotlight: Em Halberstadt on Designing Sound for VR
Em Halberstadt is a sound designer at A Shell in the Pit, where she works on audio for indie games. In addition to exhibiting an installation at the MOR, Em also works on the museum’s sound design. In this interview, she talks about her creative process, tools, and the difference between designing sound for traditional games and VR experiences.
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Spotlight: John Orion Young on Spreading Joy with VR Crypto Art
John Orion Young (JOY) uses virtual reality (VR) as a tool for creating unique art pieces that are often sold and exchanged on the Ethereum blockchain. Young's site has been consistently popular with his collectibles generating a lot of activity on the blockchain. In this interview, he touches upon some fascinating aspects of the physicality of creating in the VR medium, digital art ownership and its indexicality.
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Introducing Spatial interviews
With our Fall Update, we introduced a new way to learn more about the amazing artists pushing the envelope of virtual reality (VR) art. Spatial Interviews are similar to audio tours or podcasts, except in the MOR, these are captured moments you can walk around in and experience like you were there. In addition to a guided tour of Sean Tann's Complex Chaos, we now have two new Spatial Interviews in the MOR, one with VR artist John Orion Young and the other with sound designer, Em Halberstadt.
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Fall 2019: Ghosts and Ghouls
Liz Edwards (@LizalEdwards) brings a band of other-worldly animated ghouls and skeletons to the MOR. Created with Tilt Brush and 3DS Max, the Ghouls are made even more compelling with immersive sound design by A Shell In The Pit and an embellished floor of photogrammetry sand (from Ocean Beach in San Francisco) by Az Balabanian (@Azadux).
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Behind the Scenes: The Sound of Terrarium
In this behind-the-scenes look into building the MOR, we talk about the sound implementation for Durk van der Meer's piece, Terrarium.
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Spotlight: Building a Piece of the Universe in VR with Naam
Bastiaan Hooimeijer (Naam) is a self-taught 2D / 3D / VR artist / designer / animator / director / developer from the cold Norths of The Netherlands. He started out mid-1990's as comic artist, illustrator and poster designer, and went via DTP into 3D animation. In 2001 he founded the computer animation studio Happy Ship, with which he rolled into the VFX business, fully animated productions, and more recently VR development.
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Spotlight: Michelle Brown on Creating Music Videos and Installations in VR
Though bedrooms are primarily for sleeping, they aren’t meant to be dark all the time. A bedroom should have a combination of both portable and installed lighting to provide illumination for tasks like dressing and reading.
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MOR September: Domicile
Stepping into Durk van der Meer's (@durkatwork)Terrarium feels like inviting yourself into someone’s home without ringing the doorbell. Something about it is comforting enough to make you wait for a host, as you take in the stillness of an indoor environment and the warmth of a stylized home theater. Created with Google Blocks and Substance Painter, Terrarium touches on Durk's love for dioramas and his background in architectural visualization - both of which have been poignantly realized in the piece.
Behind The Scenes
Behind The Scenes: Tilt Couture
This is the first in our 'Behind the Scenes' series exploring what goes into building the Museum of Other Realities (MOR). Last month, we introduced three new exhibits, each with exciting challenges and requirements. With six new wearable dresses in Tilt Couture, virtual flora in Lignes de Fleurs, and the futuristic cityscape of Alex's Sci-Fi World, here's a peek behind the curtain of last month's update.
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Spotlight: Micah 404 on Collaboration and VR Illustration
Micah Milner a.k.a Micah404 is a New York-based VR artist and member of the collective ART404, he gained notoriety in 2015 as a 2D illustrator with his Instagram project @micahnotfound. He has since jumped headfirst into VR illustration, becoming one of the most active VR painters in the community. Partnering with cultural institutions including the ICA in Miami, the Whitney in New York and brands including Adobe, Pantone and Google his collective, ART404, continues to blur the lines between commercial and fine art. In this interview, Micah404 talks about VR illustration, influences on his art, and the importance of healthy collaborative environments.
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MOR August: Tilt Couture
This month, animation designer Anand Duncan brings a new addition to her dress collection; we now have seven intricate wearable dresses on display. The latest dress resonates with retrowave visual culture, updating her vibrant collection of period attire with some digital couture. It's the perfect opportunity to strut about and walk away in an Anand Duncan original!
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Spotlight: Anand Duncan on Designing Fashion in VR
Anand Duncan is a designer for animation in television, film, and VR. She has brought her bright playful designs to the hit series Teen Titans Go!, and her fun fashion illustrations to the pages of LA Magazine. Her love of retro sci-fi and renaissance gowns influence both her personal and commercial work. She likes to bring appeal to her characters and clothing by highlighting the structure of the body and telling a story. In this week’s spotlight, Duncan talks about her experience using VR tools for fashion design.
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