My main focus with this project is learning Blender to create models and animations. Though I do like to test things here and there with Unity whenever I have some extra time. Most recently, I was applying different shaders to the Little Prince. I definitely want my project to be more stylized, and my goal is to make the user feel like they’ve stepped into a cartoon, hence the cartoon shader:
I am not sure whether I want the outline or not, but so far I am quite satisfied with this shader though I am still not sure whether I will stick with this one. All in all I’d say it’s been exciting to see how much shaders in general can shape VR experiences.
I love VR. This is not a secret to anyone who knows me. It’s one of my favorite subjects and I can talk about it for hours. What really inspired me to pursue VR initially was seeing the potential it had as a visual medium. As a kid, I often dreamed of stepping into my TV and being part of the story that was being unfolded in front of me. I wanted to have some kind of agency in what I was seeing, and I longed to make an impact in one way or another on the story. Essentially, I sought to make and leave a mark. And now I get to do that in a way and to me that’s very exciting. It all started a couple of months ago when I decided to start a little VR animation project.
At first I felt very daunted by the prospect of making my own VR animation, but then I realized that I want to see for myself what it takes to create an animation in VR. I know it’s a lot to do and a lot to learn, but I think unless I fully dive into it, I will never have a deep understanding of this medium and how it can be used for visual story-telling purposes.
The project I am creating is quite simple. It is going to be an interactive VR story of a chapter from the Little Prince book.
Cover of the Little Prince book
For this project I started learning Blender! I haven’t done much 3D modelling and animation so the last few weeks have been a journey. I finished modelling and rigging the main character and here’s the result:
For the next few months I will be documenting the progress on this blog. I hope by writing this down, I can stay accountable 🙂