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floating islands of houdini- 3 parts

total duration - 7 hrs 50 mins

The video training includes the hip files 

Training Level -  Intermediate

REQUIREMENTS - Houdini 13. We will be using packed primitives a lot, which are only available in Houdini 13 and above

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The aim of this commercial training is to take you through the process of creating the "Floating Islands" image, all the way from modeling to render

The training covers various aspects including terrain modeling and sculpting, generating large quantities of plants and vegetation in Houdini. The plants and trees will be developed using L-Systems. The training will also cover Rigid Body Dynamics, Particles and Fluids to create certain elements of the image. 

The training is split into 3 parts, each part is available separately.

Part 1 will cover terrain modeling, modeling using the VDB tool set. It will also deal with creating grass using the fur procedural and a variety of creepers and vines on the island and the druid circle.

Part 2 will cover the basics of L-systems and will use that knowledge further to create plants, ferns and trees.

Part 3 will cover the dynamics tool set such as RBD, creating custom forces to create the debris field, Fluids, particles and clouds. This part will also cover the final material, lighting and compositing of the image. Given below are the details regarding all the 3 parts.

part 1 - Island and grass

Content Details - 11 Video Chapters (with Audio)

Duration - 3 hrs 2 mins


Lesson Plan

  1. Introduction

  2. The main Island - modeling the main island using a displacement, sculpting and noise maps

  3. The Druid Circle - modeling the stone circle using VDB tools

  4. Druid Circle wall - building the wall around the druid circle

  5. Curve Primitive - understanding how the various attributes required to render curves

  6. Fur Procedural - Understanding the basics of Fur procedural shop

  7. Island Grass - Using techniques learnt in the previous 2 chapters to create grass for the island

  8. Hanging vines - creating vines for the islands

  9. Vine Leaves - adding leaves to the vines

  10. Creepers - adding additional creepers and ivy on the island and the druid circle

  11. Island base details - adding roots and stuff to the base of the island


part 2 - L-systems, plants and trees

Content Details - 10 Video Chapters (with Audio)

Duration - 2 hrs 30 mins


Lesson Plan

  1. Cloverfield - modeling a three leaf clover and creating a field of it

  2. Design correction - Just correcting the design of the main island

  3. L-systems Basics - Learning the basics of L-systems.

  4. Flowers - Modeling a flower and using L-systems to model the plant.

  5. Leaf - Using L-system to model a custom leaf

  6. Fern A - Making a complex fern using L-systems and creating multiple variations to scatter on the island

  7. Fern B - Creating a second variety of Fern

  8. Tree - Modeling a complex tree using L-Systems

  9. Island Color - Building the island color using slope and noise maps

  10. Island Moss - Adding moss at ground level and basing it on the slope map

part 3 - Debris Field, clouds, waterfall and final render

Content Details - 7 Video Chapters (with Audio)

Duration - 2 hrs 19 mins


Lesson Plan

  1. Smaller Islands - complete procedural modeling of the smaller islands and adding vegetation on them

  2. Clouds - Modeling and lighting the cloud at the base

  3. Debris Field - modeling a fully animated debris field around the island using RBD and custom VOP forces

  4. Debris particles - adding additional details to the debris field using particles

  5. Waterfall - Creating a waterfall using the Houdini fluid systems

  6. Materials light and render - adding simple materials, building the lighting and setting up takes for the final render

  7. Final Look - Building the final look of the image in After Effects

REQUIREMENTS - Houdini 13. We will be using packed primitives a lot, which are only available in Houdini 13