Gesture VR is a virtual drawing studio for Meta Quest

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Gesture VR is a virtual drawing studio for Meta Quest

Image: Nick Ladd Art & Animation

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Gesture VR lets you draw in a private studio or beam models into your living room via mixed reality. The app is releasing this month on the Quest Store.

Gesture VR is the brainchild of Canadian illustrator and 3D artist Nick Ladd, who describes the app as follows:

Gesture VR is a drawing app with an emphasis on figure drawing. It offers artists a private virtual drawing studio where beginners and professionals can practice and improve their drawing skills anywhere at any time. Artists can choose to draw either on a digital 2D paper pad or in the 3D space around them. The app features high-quality photogrammetry scans of real models and allows artists to adjust the lighting, rotation and pose durations. Draw alone, or invite up to three friends.

Features include:

  • Sketch in 2D or 3D with pressure-sensitive strokes for dynamic thickness and shading
  • Activate passthrough to blend virtual models with your physical drawing space allowing you to draw with real pen and paper.
  • Over 200 models, many of which are 3D scans of real, professional models representing various age groups and body types. Also available are some miscellaneous models, including a skeleton, a horse, statues, and anatomy guides.
  • Choose from three environments: the traditional art studio, the white void, and the black void. The traditional studio is modeled after actual figure drawing classrooms, complete with decorative objects that you can use to do studies.
  • Every time you open Gesture VR, you create a new page in your growing sketchbook. You can add or delete pages from this sketchbook and revisit past drawings.
  • In the spirit of a real Figure drawing class, you can connect with up to three other artists and draw together from either the same model or different ones. This feature can be used to showcase your sketches, practice together, share tips and tricks, and most importantly, just chill.
  • Artwork created in Gesture VR can be captured as 2D snapshots using the camera or exported as a PNG, ready to be shared online.
  • A series of drawing tutorials from world-renown art instructor Stan Prokopenko.

“Traditional life drawing classes can be expensive, follow rigid schedules, and are inaccessible to many. We built the app to leverage the immersive power of virtual reality and break down the barriers of location, time, and cost that can often prevent people from attending figure drawing sessions,” says Nick Ladd.

Gesture VR will make the jump from App Lab to the Quest Store on March 21, 2024, is compatible with Quest 2, Quest 3 and Quest Pro, and will cost $14. The new content will be added to the Vive and Steam versions.

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