Sophie North, Computer Arts
Visually stunning concept art viewed through a cardboard device that turns a mobile phone into a Virtual Reality (VR) headset will be part of Sophie North's Abertay Digital Graduate Show submission.
The digital artist from Mansfield, near Nottingham - who is currently working as art director on a project with Disney - is investigating VR design production pipelines as part of her final year dissertation.
Using Google Cardboard headsets, members of the public attending ADGS will step into an eerie virtual swamp world created from scratch by the 23-year-old.
'It's a swamp scene environment and the story revolves around a scientist who has been looking for a swamp giant,' Sophie explained.
'You can put on this cardboard headset, slot in your phone, and be able to see a digital painting all the way round.'
'This is something that everyone can access and it's basically turning your mobile into a VR machine.'
'My honours project was concept art for VR, so I'm looking into the process of visualising and producing that, and how it fits into the industry pipeline.'
When selecting a university, Sophie had a number of unconditional offers but chose Abertay due to its Creative Skillset accreditation and friendly atmosphere at the Open Days she attended.
'In essence my course is a digital arts course, so while there's sometimes a perception that Abertay is focused on games, there are so many skills that you learn for the wider digital industry.'
'The great thing about Abertay is that you get to work with other people across so many different departments, so rather than working on your own in isolation you get experience working with programmers, sound guys and developers, meaning you are a lot more practised in an industry environment by the end of it.'