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During this course, students will create a fully procedural environment in Houdini. The course will cover Houdini’s powerful workflows for creating natural looking environments. Students will learn techniques for procedural generation and placement of assets such as buildings, terrain, rocks, grass, moss, and ivy, as well as procedural distribution techniques for assets such as trees, flowers, and bushes. Students will gain a better understanding of procedural environment generation, and learn how the power of procedural rulesets can be used to quickly create and populate different terrains with the same logic. We will explore advanced methods for realistic dressing of assets in the scene, and learn the small touches needed to add extra layers of believability. The course will also discuss the differences between hero environment modeling and background environment modeling, and explore different techniques for scenarios where a high amount of art direction is needed vs needing to quickly populate environments with generic rules. We will also explore how to wrap these workflows into reusable tools for future projects. By the end of the course, students will have a fully realized environment that is highly customizable and reusable.
Sean is a VES Nominated Procedural Environments Artist currently working at Blue Sky Studios. He has worked on over 25 movies and television shows, with some of his more recent credits including Shazam!, Ad Astra, and Spies and Disguise. His experience ranges from animation studios to vfx houses, and he has worked as both an FX Artist and Environment Artist, both with a focus on Houdini. He studied Visual Effects at Savannah College of Art and Design.
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