A new app called Vermilion aims to bring oil painting to virtual reality, with realistic painting mechanics and web browser integration.

There are a few key features that are really interesting for Vermillion and position it as a realistic oil painting simulation for virtual reality. First of all, it has a traditional analog color mixing, which basically means you can take different pigments and mix them together on your palette to find the perfect tone.

It also has a built-in web browser that can stand next to your easel while you paint. This allows you to check out painting tutorials, like those by famous Bob Ross, and paint easily. It’s a cool feature that has a very Infinite Office feel to it.

The other great feature is Vermillion’s ability to simulate wet-on-wet painting, which essentially lets you move colors and blur lines after painting them on canvas, just like in real life. You can also use pressure to change the thickness and application of your strokes, just like you would with real paint.

Although I’m not a painter myself, overall it looks like a pretty solid portrayal and translation of oil painting in VR.

Vermillion isn’t the only painting and art-focused app we’ve seen popping up in recent times. Painting VR, available on App Lab for Quest, is similar in principle, but a little more focused on providing a sandbox environment you can get by in. You can check out our article and some images with ongoing comments here. It’s worth it for Jamie’s morbid attempt to paint the UploadVR logo.

Vermillion plans to launch Early Access in the summer for PC VR on Steam, with plans for a Rift Oculus Store launch to follow and a “on the go” Quest port. You can find out more about the Vermilion site and game wishlist on Steam.


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