Art therapy is an amazing way to express yourself creatively, something that can help deal with stress, manage your feelings and even give you a new perspective on life. This week as part of the ongoing Multiplayer Content Series we will be talking about MasterpieceVR, developed by an amazing team in Ottawa, Canada.
Over our history, art has evolved alongside man. And now, by introducing VR into the artist’s toolbox, artists have begun exploring new ways of making and showcasing art. And this is where MasterpieceVR fits in. Just as the world presents itself to you in 3 dimensions, so too does VR enable the user to experience what is called volumetric painting and sculpting.
To elaborate on this, VR creation tools similar to Masterpiece VR can, for the most part, be divided into two categories: painting and sculpting. Painting tools revolve around the use of brushes, where each stroke is a linear plane, twisting and turning as you move your hand in the air. Sculpting tools work with the creation and manipulation of volumes, enabling more precise and detailed shapes. But this comes at a cost. Creating and manipulating shapes takes a lot of resources from the computer, considerably more than creating and manipulating flat twisty lines. As a result, most tools prefer to focus on one way of doing things over another. But the nice thing about MasterpieceVR is that it allows you to do both.
But why are we discussing creative tools in a “multiplayer” content series that revolves around team building? It’s because MasterpieceVR is a multiplayer experience. In a team building setting, both small and large teams can work together to create complex scenes, with each member focusing on a specific element within it.
On the other hand, users can also make things individually and then visit each other’s virtual room to look at their creations. Because of the large number of participants the tool can support, our entire location could be using MasterpieceVR at the same time, meaning a single individual can create with everyone else watching, or just watch while others work. Of course this also means that a staff member or instructor could also jump in with the team and provide information, instructions or useful tips as well as reference images for a group project.
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As a final note, users can take pictures, make animated .gifs or shoot videos in MasterpieceVR which makes for an amazing takeaway! But if that was not enough, the tool exports to the most common 3d object formats, so if you want to 3d print your VR sculpture, or use it in any other 3d modeling or animation tool, you can do that too!
So if you feel artistic and want to change it up a bit from all the shooting and fighting titles, consider dropping by for some artistic expression for your next office outing.
Next week we will go back to fighting and shooting, but in a silly way with Cowbots and Aliens. The only place where flipping tables is not only ok but preferable… you wouldn’t want to get shot now would you?