Meet Norman, a WebVR tool for doodling in space

by MONO

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October, 2017

24th October 2017

Despite having no prior knowledge of VR coding, artist James Paterson has invented ‘Norman’ – an open-source 3D illustration tool created using Google’s WebVR.

As a child, artist James Paterson used to pretend his illustrations could talk to each other, adding his own sound effects and voices as he drew. Now as a grown up, he can finally animate them the way he always wanted to, frame by frame in three dimensions.

“Norman is the animation tool I’ve always wanted. I built it in JavaScript, it runs in a web browser and lets me animate naturally in 3D using VR controllers.”

Recently, Paterson unveiled Norman – a 3D animation tool he invented himself so at last he can take his drawings off the page and into space. His animations resemble a flipbook made up of stick characters darting between planes, created in three-dimensions using VR controllers and a headset.

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Paterson invented Norman using WebVR, Google’s JavaScript API, which enables artists to experiment with their own VR tools.

“Norman is the animation tool that I’ve always wanted. I built it in JavaScript, it runs in a web browser and lets me animate naturally in 3D using VR controllers,” he says, explaining its simplicity.

At the moment, using Norman requires an Oculus Rift headset, and you’ll have to clone or run the code locally. (You can find the source code here.)

A more comprehensive, user-friendly experience is in the works, and in the meantime you catch watch Paterson’s adorable animated short, made entirely with Norman, via normanvr.com

Norman is open source, which means everyone is welcome to experiment. It shows how easily artists are creating their own VR tools, transforming not only their own artistic processes, but how audiences interact with their work.

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Article By: MONO
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