MYSTIC TOWERS / PROCEDURAL MODELLING
"Mystic Towers" is originally a personal environment work to dig more into procedurale systems.
Only houdini could let me achieve such an intricate architecture while maintenant a non destructive/procedural workflow.
You might recognize these towers from the Mahabat-Maqbara palace in India, a beautiful piece of architecture with multiple influences such as neo-gothic, indian, islamic... I Wanted to convey an older and taller vibe than the originals, like if these high towers where only visited by birds.
I learned a lot while making it so I created an in depth tutorial series about the procedural setup of these towers.
part 1 : Main setup
In this first video we are setting up the fundamental elements of the tower : wall, doors, stairs, railling.
part 2 : Polishing shapes
The seoncd part focus on finishing the lower section of the tower.
part 3 : Dome setup
Time to work on the dome, the column of the tower !
BONUS VIDEO & FILES ?
I also created Bonus video tutorials of this series available for my patreon supporters.
Patreon Bonus video for "Mystic Towers":
- Part 1.5 : Railing details
- Part 2.5 : Procedural Brick setup
- part 3.5 : Dome details (frames, ornaments, bricks)
... And more houdini tutorials !
Project files are available on my gumroad : https://gumroad.com/l/SIgNAp
RENDERING THE TOWER
For the rendering of this project I really wanted to try VRay for Houdini.
I have been using this engine in production for years with 3dsmax, Maya... but was very curious to check out how things goes with Houdini.
I must say I have been very surprised by the versatility of VRay for Houdini and at the same time it seemed totaly familiar with what I knew.
I didn't do any tutorials about the lighting and shading of this project as I ran out of time. But still took the opportunity to do few tutorials about this engine. Including one using this project to show Vray's render element which I found really convenient as you can setup your different aovs using nodal system.
More Tutorials about VRay and Houdini in general on my youtube channel :
--- Breakfown of the beauty / Fog / Lighting pass :
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