Nick Ladd is a Canadian artist with a background in illustration and 3D animation, both of which he studied at Dawson College in Montreal. He combines his traditional art skills with his 3D skills using a specialized Virtual Reality painting software called Quill, which allows him to draw, paint, and animate on an infinite canvas directly in VR. This unique new approach to 3D artmaking has made him one of the top 40 most-followed artists on Sketchfab, and won him first place in Autodesk’s The Rookies competition in 2018.
He has worked as a lead Quill artist and animator on a number of animated VR films including the award-winning, oscar-contending short film “Namoo” directed by Erick Oh, the world’s first animated VR series: “Tales from Soda Island” by Studio Syro, and “Four Stories” which he also wrote and directed. All of which are available for free on the Meta Quest TV platform.
Since 2018 he has worked with a number of clients including Meta, Baobab Studios, Nickelodeon, TEDtalks, Studio Syro, Arcadia.tv, and the National Film Board of Canada.
In addition to his illustration and animation projects, Nick has also been leading the development of the world’s first VR life drawing application: GestureVR, scheduled for release later this year.