Though gaming is likely VR’s most visible use-case so far, it’s capable of so much more. Creatives are using VR for a wide range of artistic endeavors including painting, drawing, 3D modeling & sculpting, animating and more. If you’re interested in exploring your creativity in VR, here’s 11 tools worth checking out.

First, here’s a quick breakdown of the tools and their capabilities, so that you can hone in on what kind of creative tool you’re looking for the VR headset of your choice. A note about the ‘Feature Focus’ categories below: while many of these tools may support all of the features in limited ways, we marked each based on the workflows they primarily cater to.

Platforms

Feature Focus

Quest PC_VR PSVR Drawing Modeling Animation
Tilt Brush
Dreams
Quill
Medium
Kingspray Graffiti
Gravity Sketch
Tvori
AnimVR
Blocks
SculptVR
Masterpiece VR

That’s the short and skinny, below you can check out more info on each tool to get a better idea what they, what skill level they’re built for, and their cost.


Tilt Brush – Quest, Oculus PC, SteamVR ($20)

Feature Focus: Drawing

From the Developer: Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.


Dreams – PSVR ($40)

Feature Focus: Modeling, Animation

From the Developer: Dreams is a space where you go to play and experience the dreams of Media Molecule and our community. It’s also a space in which to create your own dreams, whether they’re games, art, films, music or anything in-between and beyond.


Quill – Oculus Quest (free)

Feature Focus: Drawing, Animation

From the Developer: Quill is the VR illustration and animation tool built to empower artists and creators, whether to create final art or as a production tool for concept creation aid. Quill allows users to paint and animate in virtual reality on an infinitely scalable canvas with rich colors and intuitive tools. Quill is designed to be expressive, precise and to let the artist’s “hand” come through clearly, whether that’s a watercolor style, pencil style, oil painting style or other.


Medium – Oculus PC (free)

Feature Focus: Modeling

From the Developer: VR is a revolution in 3D asset creation and Medium by Adobe is the premiere VR creative tool. Sculpt and model in an immersive environment. Whether you’re a total beginner, aspiring creative, or professional artist, quickly and easily create 3D objects and expressive works of art. Kitbash hardsurface models with over 300 stamps plus snapping and constraint features. Export your asset as an OBJ or FBX. 3D print your model, use it in your favorite game engine, or bring it into another program for special rendering, compositing, and painting work.


Kingspray Graffiti – Quest, Oculus PC, SteamVR ($15)

Feature Focus: Drawing

From the Developer: Creating amazing street art would be much more fun without the jail time, and now you can! Kingspray is a Multiplayer VR Graffiti Simulator, with battle-tested realistic spray, colors, drips, metallics, and more! Using a wide range of caps, ultra-detailed environments and paint surfaces, unleash your creativity (just see what some of our fans have already created!) and express your style!


Gravity Sketch – Quest, Oculus PC, SteamVR (free)

Feature Focus: Modeling

From the Developer: Think in 3D. Create in 3D. Preserve your design intent through the creative process! Communicate ideas in 3D at each stage, capture work as an image or model to use in other phases of your workflow. A powerful yet intuitive creation tool – express 3D ideas in real-time at any scale. Create loose free form sketches, detailed models, expansive scenes, and artwork unrestricted.


Tvori – Oculus PC, SteamVR (free)

Feature Focus: Modeling, Animation

From the Developer: Create story prototypes such as animatics & previs, prototype XR apps, and make complete animated films. Prior knowledge of 3D content creation is not required to get started creating in Tvori. It’s easy to learn as you go! Use a library of simple shapes, props, and effects. You can also import 3D models, images, videos, and sounds. Export your work as videos, 360 videos, photos, 360 photos, VR experiences, and 3D models with animations.


AnimVR – Oculus PC, SteamVR ($30)

Feature Focus: Drawing, Animation

From the Developer: Hand-drawn animation in VR combines the best parts of traditional animation with the advantages of digital content creation tools. Jump right into story telling, without worrying about topology, rigging or skinning. Create environment layouts, 3D story boards, animatics and whole experiences! According to industry animators, drawing 3D story boards in VR is just as fast as the traditional 2D workflow, but it gives you the freedom to move the camera anywhere you want!


Blocks – Oculus PC, SteamVR (free)

Feature Focus: Modeling

From the Developer: Blocks lets you easily create 3D objects in virtual reality, no matter your modelling experience. Using six simple tools, you can bring your applications to life, create a volumetric masterpiece, or simply let your imagination run wild. Get inspired by others’ creations or publish your own to inspire the world around you. No matter your modeling experience, you’ll create beautiful 3D objects in no time.


SculptVR – Quest, Oculus PC, SteamVR, PSVR ($20)

Feature Focus: Modeling

Create sprawling, brilliant worlds and explore them with your friends! Invite your friends to an online game, then race to the finish with hang-gliders, or switch to climbing mode for even more fun. Discover thousands of amazing creations in the interactive gallery then remix them however you want! When you’re happy with your creation, you can upload to the SculptrVR content gallery and let others see the incredible things you’ve made.


Masterpiece VR – Oculus PC, SteamVR ($30)

Feature Focus: Modeling, Animation

From the Developer: MasterpieceVR is the easiest, most natural way to quickly create 3D content. Sculpt and draw using intuitive dynamic tools that let you easily create high quality models for use in games, animation, digital art, VFX, industrial design and 3D printing. Immerse yourself – create collaboratively with colleagues, friends, or teach others in real time in the same virtual space. Perform and engage with others using advanced Mixed Reality and room camera features.


Interested in seeing what talented artists can do with VR? Check out Anna Dream Brush and Rosie Summers.

Not finding the kind of creative VR tool you’re looking for? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Lhorkan

    I’m creating an oil painting VR app in my spare time, I guess this is as good a place as any to drop a sneak peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgJ2pt4JLGA&feature=youtu.be

    • Xron

      Seems interesting for those who’re interested in painting.

  • Xron

    Great, thx didn’t know about some of them.

  • Hus Be

    Check out “Kodon”, it’s still in Early access on steam, but i think it belongs on your list as its a VR sculpting and modelling tool. It has some bugs for now, but great potential! https://store.steampowered.com/app/479010/Kodon/

  • GeorgT

    Kodon3D is making ZBrush in VR, and have got support for desktop and tablet as well, probably one of the most “professional looking” 3D apps out there tbh https://www.facebook.com/Kodon3D/

  • Micha Colory Krebs

    Ohh! I am missing ColoryVR in that list. ColoryVR allows artists to import their own 4k textures and there are lots of features (like Soundpainting!) you will not find anywhere else… https://store.steampowered.com/app/924770/Colory_VR/ …to get an idea what you can do with ColoryVR visit me on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/yroloc1a/videos

  • Zach

    Here’s another VR creative tool I’ve been working on: VARTISTE (https://vartiste.xyz/)

    It can paint PBR textures directly onto a 3D model. Import / Export GLTF. Handle 2D (and kind-of 3D) animations. Pencil-like sketching. Custom brushes, materials, all sorts of tools and effects. Might be worth checking out if the tools in the article aren’t doing quite what you want for 2D drawing or 3D surface painting.

  • Lux

    More motion capture than pure animation, but I’m going to shamelessly plug our app Flipside Studio as another option.

    Here’s an example live animated show produced almost entirely in Flipside Studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyIj7Fp6Llw

  • Mateusz Pawluczuk

    Gravity Sketch is going free starting tomorrow (25.01) :
    https://twitter.com/GravitySketch/status/1341109766068813839

    Please update your page :)

  • Stumble

    ShapeLab is another great app for VR sculpting. It’s still early access, but there are a lot of great features and it’s mesh based, instead of voxels. https://store.steampowered.com/app/571890/ShapeLab/