Tilt brush

Tilt Brush is a room-scale 3D-painting virtual-reality application available from Google. Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless. Google has now ended development on this virtual reality painting app. So support of Tilt Brush is in the hands of the community that still uses it. It is thus now an open-source project. Google’s astonishing Tilt Brush is the VR equivalent that lets you draw/paint in the air. It represents a significant milestone in the history of this new medium. Its release on Quest, alongside Gravity Sketch, makes Oculus’ little wonder something of a must-have for creatives and designers of all kinds.

How to get it

To paint in 3D with Tilt Brush, you’ll need to have an HTC Vive, and an Oculus Rift, or a Windows Mixed Reality headset with Touch controllers. Then, follow the steps detailed on this google webpage and the toolkit is detailed here. It requires an understanding of Python and as such, will be out of the reach of many artists for some time.

Saving and sharing your Tilt Brush sketches

  1. Navigate to the Tools panel in the palette, and select the Save icon:
  2. Take a snapshot of your sketch to use as a thumbnail image.
  3. Your sketch is now added to your Sketchbook.
  4. Your sketch file is saved to your computer at Documents/Tilt Brush/Sketches.

Here is a Youtube video review of it. As you can see, it is still being developed and requires an easy-to-use toolbox to attract serious artists. It is nevertheless interesting and one to watch out for. This is one way to make virtual reality an exciting medium for everyone. It gives the Oculus a purpose. I do not have an Oculus or a tilt brush yet. I am waiting for the technology to improve. For more information, please contact me



Author: Piers Midwinter
I am an artist and a teacher. I am currently teaching at a Cambridge International School in Vietnam.