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.
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.
A more comprehensive, user-friendly experience is in the works, and in the meantime you catch watch Paterson’s adorable animated short, as well as a making off, created entirely with Norman, via normanvr.com
Norman is open source, which means everyone is welcome to experiment, and it shows how radically VR tools are impacting not only artistic processes, but how viewers interact with art.