Nvidia and Adobe have teamed up to develop a 3D painting app that is sure to become an essential tool for modern art forgers. The software accurately simulates 3D texture of oil paintsand how the bristles of a brush work to spread it across a canvas.
If you’ve ever looked closely at an oil painting, it doesn’t look like a flat 2D image coming out of a color printer. Paint has depth and texture, and artists often use exaggerated thick layers, in a technique called impasto, to add another dimension to their pieces. by Vincent Van Gogh Twelve Sunflowers is a well-known example.
Nvidia and Adobe’s Wetbrush system allows artists to interact with simulated oil paints in real time using a stylus on a touchscreen, without ever getting their hands dirty. By treating the virtual oil painting as two different types of particle simulations, the software also doesn’t require a supercomputer to calculate an artist’s brushstrokes in real time.
Virtual paint can be smeared, dabbed, hardened and blended just like real paint. Not only does it allow a hobbyist to try their hand at oil painting, but it also allows a more experienced artist to model a larger piece without having to waste a canvas. All that’s missing is a virtual Oculus Rift experience involving cutting off your ear, so everyone can pretend to be the next van Gogh.