Three Wise Monkeys
Nicholas Pliatsikas © 2009
Nicholas Pliatsikas is a pipeline developer and 3D / Visual Effects artist for Axis Animation.
He decided to put together a tutorial for use in 3D World Magazine that involves the use of shader building using VOPS and rendering with Mantra. He had the idea of using the old chinese proverb "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" as a theme but with a more modern styling.
The goal of this tutorial was to create a basic surface and displacement shader that can be reused to shade multiple objects. In the tutorial Nicholas also covered exporting shader information to extra imagePlanes(AOVs), colour remapping of fresnel, diffuse, specular shading and using material overides. What made such a big diffrence for him and the tutorial is the immediate feedback Houdini 10's IPR provided in the shading process.