Section: Research Program

Long term vision: an “expressive virtual pen” for animated 3D content

Stepping back and taking a broader viewpoint, we observe that humans need a specialized medium or tool, such as pen and paper or a piece of clay, to convey shapes, and more generally animated scenes. Pen and paper, probably the most effective media to use, requires sketching from different viewpoints to fully represent a shape and requires a large set of drawings over time to communicate motion and stories.

Could digital modeling be turned into a tool, even more expressive and simpler to use than a pen, to quickly convey and refine shapes, motions, and stories?

This is the long term vision towards which we would like to advance.