Most people can’t fully experience an immersive sculpture or art installation until it’s completed. But over the past several years, artists Alex Steven Martin and Matt Schaefer have spent countless hours inside their project — exploring, inspecting, and refining as they went. The result of their collaboration is a living VR world of pop sci-fi art called Alex’s Sci-Fi World: A New Quill Animated Series. The project takes static illustrations and transforms them into immersive 3D worlds full of walking robots, flying cars, and curious creatures that anyone can explore in VR.
Made entirely inside of VR using an illustration and animation tool called Quill, the project blends traditional techniques with modern technology to deliver an immersive artwork pulsing with life. “My sci-fi work combines moody science fiction with the lightheartedness of cartoons,” says Alex Steven Martin. “I have my share of anxieties about culture and technology, but I genuinely love and believe in people, and I try to convey that optimism.”