Thomas van den Berge DBA The Aviary, solo hobbiest indie dev.
Out now on Steam and Rift. Viveport release will follow.
PC VR, supporting SteamVR, Rift and WMR. Quest 2 support will come soon (Quest 1 is TBD) to the App Lab.
Discover your inner artist.
Vermillion is a VR painting simulator, bringing the full analogue joy of oil painting into the digital world. Get the unrivaled sense of accomplishment from creating something beautiful on the canvas, without the messy living room.
Vermillion offers a far richer painting experience than any other VR painting app to date. Developed with the feedback of both traditional and digital artists, you’re sure to get the fun of oil painting without any of the frustration. The painting experience starts with mixing colors on the palette. Just whisking your brush through piles of paint is enough to reach any hue or value. The colors mix realistically, so yellow and blue form green, and opposing colors such as blue and orange create black. Add some paint thinner to create transparent washes. Because Vermillion is all about wet-on-wet painting, colors mix on the canvas as well. This allows for effortlessly smooth and natural blending of color.
The variety of brushes and tools ranging from the two inch brush, over the palette knife all the way down to the script liner, offer simulated brush tips and precise control. With either smooth synthetic or rough hog hair bristle brushes, you’re sure to find the right tool for the job. And if you’re feeling a bit shaky without a canvas to lean against, the hand stabilizer is just a button press away.
If you are a complete novice, discover your inner artist with the built-in browser, allowing you to now for the first time paint along with your favorite artists on YouTube, without requiring physical painting equipment. Vermillion also offers full length paint-along tutorials recorded in-game. The browser can be projected directly onto the canvas, allowing you to paint over reference imagery from online or from your own PC. In case of any accidents you’re not happy with, just hit undo.
Seasoned artists will appreciate the advanced simulation features. Just like in real oil painting, you can use a dry brush to further smooth color transitions. On the other hand, to prevent paint from mixing, for instance when adding highlights, you can put down thick paint on the canvas. This “impasto” effect catches the light on the edges of the thick paint, giving your painting more texture. The direction of your brush strokes also change the direction of the reflected light, making your painting feel real rather than digital. Vermillion supports four individual layers on the canvas, so you can add detail over top of the background as if it were dry, while still allowing you to change the background at any time. The canvas can be scaled up or down freely during the painting process, giving your more room for details, or the ability to block in the entire canvas with a few strokes.
Once you’re done, you can export your masterpiece in up to 8k resolution, or use the controllable spectator camera to stream or record your entire process. You can also export your painting as a .gltf 3D model, so you can use it in VR social applications or share it through Sketchfab, truly bringing your creation to life.
During the first lockdown of 2020 in Belgium, Thomas was looking for a way to relax. He discovered it in the calming power of a famous paint coach. Being a VR developer, he wanted to see if a fun experience could be made out of it. The resulting prototype video went viral on LinkedIn (as covered by Mixed). Things were looking good, but unfortunate circumstances and preparing to move to the Netherlands caused a stall in development for a few months. When working at home became mandatory once more in the Netherlands in late 2020, Thomas could again pour the saved commuting hours into creating Vermillion. The application continued to be an after-hours passion project – in the final months before release consuming sleep and every minute of spare time.
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