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Well-known VR artists recreate youngsters’ drawings from World Struggle II in digital animation (VIDEO)


RT’s multimedia undertaking #VictoryPages presents ‘Struggle: Children’ drawings in VR animation,’ a collection of kids’s drawings from the gathering of the State Museum of the Historical past of St. Petersburg interpreted by well-known artists in VR.

For a lot of many years, the Museum of the Historical past of St. Petersburg has saved about 700 distinctive kids’s drawings that have been created through the Siege of Leningrad (September 8, 1941 – January 27, 1944). These drawings, collected by staff in kindergartens, orphanages and colleges, mirror a toddler’s view of wartime occasions, exposing their emotions and concepts. Virtually each drawing has an accompanying textual content – a brief story by a toddler about what they drew. Educators typically recorded such tales and pasted them into albums, rigorously preserving them as a doc of the period. 

“Hey, daddy!
I ship you this letter so that you just return sooner. I cry on a regular basis since you are away. I’m crying now that I’m writing to you. We don’t have Valechka anymore, she died. Mommy is making fermented cabbage, rising her vegetable backyard. We might be tremendous now. The cabbage grew. I assist my mother. Mommy misses you. Darling daddy, please return sooner with victory, however ship a reply even sooner.” – excerpt from a letter by Lucy, six years outdated, from October 2, 1942.


The group behind #VictoryPages determined to revive these drawings utilizing VR animation. Every episode might be dedicated to a brand new drawing and its interpretation by trendy digital artists who will create voluminous illustrations – every of their signature type.

“Digital artwork and new media applied sciences open up nearly limitless areas for creativity. As of late each massive movie competition options an array of movies and initiatives created utilizing immersive applied sciences. We’re more than happy that such masters of XR-art as Sutu, VRHUMAN, Denis Semionov are a part of our undertaking. Know-how has given us many new realities: combined, digital, augmented,” says writer Kirill Karnovich-Valua.

Russia’s main XR artist, Denis Semionov – identified by the inventive pseudonym Sa1ntdenis – additionally acts because the producer of this collection.

“The plots of kids’s drawings from besieged Leningrad are very honest, so I may hardly think about how you can work with them in digital actuality,” says Semionov. “I appeared on the complete album and chosen 20 works that have been appropriate for digital animation. Then I made a decision to ask artists from completely different international locations to depict their imaginative and prescient of this subject.”

Denis was beforehand a director and producer of the Auschwitz Classes VR undertaking, presently nominated for 3 Webby Awards within the Video – Immersive & Combined Actuality class for Animation, Information and Volumetric Video.

One other artist within the collection is Stuart Campbell from Australia, identified by the inventive pseudonym Sutu Eats Flies. He has labored with studios and types comparable to Disney, Marvel, Google, and on VR initiatives for movies comparable to ‘Physician Unusual’ and ‘First Participant Get Prepared.’

“Although the illustrations are child-like, they seize a uncooked depth, warships flying overhead, bombs exploding, a ravaged panorama. It’s clear the impression of the conflict had a really visceral impact on the youngsters,” Stuart Campbell says of his half within the undertaking.

“By reconstructing the worlds of the youngsters’s creativeness, I hope to forged a brand new perspective of the impression of conflict on a toddler,” Campbell provides.

The undertaking additionally includes an artist from Germany, Vladimir Ilych, identified by the inventive pseudonym VRHUMAN. He has labored with manufacturers comparable to Google, Samsung, Sony Footage, and Microsoft.

“The attitude of kids is likely one of the closest lenses now we have to see actuality as it’s. Seeing and deciphering a toddler’s drawing in VR is perhaps the purest type of artwork we as people can expertise,” Ilych says.

Rosie Summers is the fourth taking part artist, working at XR Video games, which not too long ago launched Indignant Birds Film 2 VR: Beneath Stress for PlayStation VR.

#VictoryPages was launched by RT on 5 social media platforms in January in honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of the top of World Struggle II. It’s coming into its closing levels and can final by Could 2020.