"Eating moments determine the state of mind throughout my day. I eat 2.5 times a day, so in my whole life, I will approximately have 82125 meals and spend 82125 hours just to eat. I would like to capture and cherish every eating moment I have in my life as it is truly beautiful, inspiring, engaging, joyful, and sacred."
Foodie State of Mind
Personal Project | Dec 2017
VR Design and development | Documentary
Tools: Unity3D | PhotoScan | Zbrush | Oculus Rift
This is a VR documentary of my daily eating ritual. I display 3D scanned food from selected meals that I want to commemorate as artwork. I put them on white shelves within a white, cube-shaped virtual gallery space. If you stand right in front of each food and trigger it, my *Mukbang (eating video) of that food plays on the huge front wall. Moreover, my narration audio describing the meal of that food plays as well while the shelves of all the food from the same meal light up and rotate like a sacred ritual. I aim to show the genuine atmosphere and emotion of the actual eating by displaying the assets captured at those moments.
*Mukbang (or muk-bang) is an online audiovisual broadcast in which a host eats large quantities of food while interacting with their audience.
3D Modeling Process
I used photogrammetry skills to 3D-scan real foods that I had in each meal. Photogrammetry is the use of photography from 360 degrees in mapping to make 3D models. I used PhotoScan Pro to create the mesh and to map the texture of the 3D models, and cleaned mesh in Zbrush to make sure the models were in the right shape.
And.. look how many pictures I had to take to make 3D models of food. Here are some of many pictures for three dishes.
I cleaned bumpy mesh of the 3D models in Zbrush. I had to add and modify clay to make it smooth and realistic. I also decreased the polygon count to make the 3D models light-weighted. Then I re-imported the modified mesh back into PhotoScan to add texture. I repeated this whole process until I got the satisfactory results.
Unity3D Development Process