Mo visited the Art Gallery of Ontario and got inspired to test drive one of the hidden gems in Houdini 19.5 – Tangent Fields. Download Project File
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Procedurally Create Detroit Agate with a Karma Shader
If layers over layers of car paint accumulate in the factory over the years they create grey rocks with magic hidden inside. Once you start to cut and polish these rocks all the individual color layers are revealed and create a color explosion. In this […]
Nerd Rant 2.0 Ep. 20: Midjourney, Dall-E & AI vs. Design
Manu and Mo ramble on about what the arrival of AI tools such as midjourney, Dall-E or Imagen mean for (not only) the field of visual design.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep. 19: Mo Was At OFFF, The Second Wave Of Houdini For Designers
Mo got to go to Barcelona to present at OFFF and is still on cloud number nine. The guys discuss what learning and teaching Houdini to a visually minded person means, how and why there is a resurgence in interest in Houdini and finally they […]
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.14: Learning Houdini With Vincent Schwenk pt. 2
TPart two of our special Nerd Rant with Vincent Schwenk is here! This time we spend time talking about getting geo into and out of Houdini, tweaking simulations and how to install MOPs for Houdini, which makes mograph tasks a good bit easier. Vincent Schwenk […]
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.9: Game Design, Mobile Games & Free To Play
We’ve got a guest! One that shares the same last name with Manu! It’s Marcel Casasola Merkle, game designer extraordinaire and we’re rambling about the state of games, game design and free to play.
No VEX Houdini: Dual Surfaces, my favourite setup
A new tutorial in the No VEX Houdini series. Here Manu explains one of his all time favourite setups: Dual Surfaces. By calculating the dual graph to the initial delaunay mesh, the triangle mesh that is, we end up with a very interesting voronoi-style surface […]
Blender Geometry Nodes: Vertex Normals – Alien Orb
The development of Geometry Nodes inside of Blender does not slow down. Recently they added support for vertex normals on input meshes. Manu guides you through the stages required to build this space orb effect that relies on vertex normals. You’ll learn some procedural animation […]
Dynamic Outlines with Blender Geometry Nodes and Eevee
Now that Blender features procedural workflows with its lates feature addition Geometry Nodes its time for us to have a look at the other side of the fence. This tutorial mini-series looks into GN from a Houdini users perspective and explores what’s already there and […]
The Houdini Donut Tutorial!
EDIT: Simon Fiedler just informed me that in fact we’re not the first ones to do a Houdini Donut tut. Dang! Kudos to Konstantin Magnus! — Mo has recently started learning Blender. (Don’t worry – we won’t ditch Houdini. We just think Blender makes for […]
A Bit Of VEX : Caustics Generator pt. 2 – Extended Features
Building on our last setup, we’re covering rendering out your caustics using COPs, art directing their pattern and making your caustics tileable. Download Project File
Papers Please – Graph Bundling Pt. 2: Building The Setup
Watch pt. 2 here. In part two of our tutorial on Kernel Density Estimation Graph Bundlig we’re implementing the setup and adapt it to create smooth animations. EDIT: It’s been brought to our attention that there is another neat graph bundling technique based off of […]
Papers Please – Graph Bundling Pt. 1: Theory
Watch pt. 1 here. Let’s spread a bit of joy and dive into VEX and Houdini-SOPs again to implement a really neat technique from a french/dutch paper covering graph bundling. While graph bundling is usually found in network analysis or geovisualization, we’re gonna adapt the […]
Quicktip: Instancing In Redshift (Bonus: Particle Advection)
Last week Germany was still under a massive heat wave. And an office doesn’t get colder by running smoke sims and rendering. That’s why I had to keep this one relatively short (let’s call it a speedrun): We’ll build a particle system advected by a […]
While on season break we received quite a few questions. One of those mails pointed us to the amazing work of Loris Cecchini, a sculptor who created (among other stunning artworks) those wave pattern sculptures. At first it didn’t seem clear what’s going on there.
Fakebroidery: Needlework in Houdini
There are very few things more hypnotic than watching an embroidery machine do its work. When watching my wife’s machine working on festive decoration, I thought about how I’d create something similar in Houdini. Turns out it isn’t too complicated once you’ve figured out how […]
Creating A Procedural Snowflake
we have something special for the upcoming holiday season for you: Snowflakes! This was the very first paper I ever implemented in Houdini – what a feeling! I recorded it a while back in summer but then decided to wait until the right season. As […]
Patreon Special: Dual Sculptures
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Procedural Modeling: Quilling
What popped up as some random images on my pinterest feed turned out to be a whole universe of an art form in itself: Quilling. The art and craft of rolling and shaping paper to form intricate mosaics depicting a wide variety of subjects.
VEX in Houdini: Diffusion Limited Aggregation (Plus Rendering in Mantra & Redshift)
When we saw Andy Lomas’ “Aggregation” series a few years back we were struck. How could you generate those intricate particle sculptures? The series’ title hinted at one possible solution: Diffusion limited aggregation or DLA. In this tutorial we’ll build a basic DLA setup using […]
Easy Minimal Surfaces
This episode we managed to get away from our workstations and head outside to Munich’s beautiful olympic park. There we found some prime examples of the shapes soap films form when they evolve between metal wires.
Colored Trails (Point Advection & Rendering)
One of the great things about the Houdini community is that we’re always confronted with clever questions and with clever answers too. “How do I color strands using an image’s color palette?” was the comment on Vimeo that led to this setup. Yet when talking […]
Quick Tip: Organic Voronoi Patterns
In this quickie we’ll go over how to turn standard voronoi cells into something alittle bit more organic. We’re going to use a combination of standard SOPs to quickly build a versatile procedural setup which allows you to create a plethora of different patterns.
Mandelbrot and Mandelbulb
The Mandelbrot set – the mythical King of fractals. The one that started the whole fractal craze in the 80s and 90s. In this video we’ll implement not only a classic Mandelbrot set that will yield the omnipresent image of that weirdish ridged shape, but […]
Houdini: Boolean Volume Denting
When I saw this tutorial on Greyscalegorilla, it occurred to me that although I liked the results a lot the process of sculpting and posemorphing would be a bit too unflexible for my needs. And of course it would also be too tedious for a lazy […]