Frederic No

Digital Artist

I've been working in CG Art for 15 years, mostly in Brand commercials and Scenography / Mapping projects.
Thanks to a coding background, I am now developping my own interactivity tools, with the goal to merge all the domains that should work more fluently together.

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Latest Works...

Houdini course
Presentation of the Houdini course …based on theorical examples, and their application in a global scene Covering all major chapters Classic Modeling (Retopology | UVs) Fundamentals (Groups | Attributes | Instancing | HScript | VOP | Vex) Procedural Modeling RIG (Autorig | Manual | Skin | Muscles) Animation (Takes | Layers | Groups) CHOPs (Constraints | Sop level) Heightfields (Sculpt | Layers | COPs | Instancing) Volumes (VDB | SDF | Clouds …) Particles (Emission | Forces | Collisions | Groups | Advection) RBD (Fracture | Manual Constraints | RBD Tools | Bullet Solver | Attributes) Pyro (Emission | Combustion | Forces | Sparse Solver) Vellum (Cloth | Hair | Ballon | Struts | Fracture | Dynamic Constraints) Grooming (Guides | Attributes | Simulation | Render) FLIPs & Ocean Tool (Small & Large Scale | Viscosity | Whitewater | RBD Feedback) Rendering (Attributes | Material Builder | AOVs) Assets PDG (TOPs) Crowds (Agent | Locomotion | Footlock | Terrain Adaptation | Ragdoll)  USD – Solaris (Layers | Instancing | Karma) On demand examples… In this course for newbies and mid-users, we start from the very basic Houdini handling, and we cover each chapter one by one, using newly learned technology to enhance the student’s main scene. The example above is one suggestion of the main scene.
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personnal Houdini / Redshift research …with original soundtrack 😉 Base Modeling Easy revolve and Lattice setup, and basic refining Scatter, variations, and register of their rest position on the model basic revolve and lattice scatter with orientation and variations placement Test Petals animation Simple particle simulation with remanence petals animation Glass Dynamics FEM simulation, and replacing of the animated petals FEM and petals Dynamics Liquid & Shatter Dynamics Simple Liquid and RBD simulation liquid Simulation Final Mesh Highres VDB conversion with filters and polygon reduction (to speed up Redshift) Pedestal replacement for non-breaking shots final meshe vdbGraph Redshift rendering Custom shaders and AOVs based on attributes Music and soundFX Original music and soundFX
First try on “Heightfield” module in Houdini. …with very quick and bad Photoshop compo sorry no time 😉 Main goal, more than testing the very great Houdini’s “Heightfield” tools, was to build a workflow based on Cops, so third-party renderers could easily read masks and textures generated by the Heightfield tools suite. Terrain base Shape First starting with a lowres grid (100×100), for placing the global volumes, and tracing the river zone. First basic noise Painting of the river Smoothing and refine before carving Refining Upsampled (1000×1000) it to have the correct look and details for terrain filters like erode, noise and slump. applying large Worley noise using mask to merge with original noise, erode and distort on the second part carving river again slump near river fine-carving river Extracting Maps As the aim was to create a third-party render-friendly asset (thus I’m using Redshift), it had to be able to export “standard” type of data including maps, which are originaly based on native heightfield masks.To do this they had to be translated into Cops, which also permit more complex mask/textures generation. import legacy heightfield masks into Cop for creating complex texture masks visualizing masks with color pointclouds for vegetation Textures and Vegetation Using the maps from precedent Cop in Redshift shader nodes. import heightfield into Redshift adapted node importing embedded Cops and referencing maps using them in Redshift Shader’s blending Not that good at this time for very close shots, and water will be worked on next step… Textures and trees found on the internet.
Modeling for both HighRes and Realtime …from ZBrush to Houdini, and very soon Unreal Engine ZBrush Modeling Modeling and retopology with ZBrush. Modeling and apart export of specifics lowres parts. base modeling base modeling retopology thruster reactor turbine Houdini rigging Import of and assembly of ZBrush elements, UV layout and rigging, with the goal to conserve a very low but subdivide friendly geometry. The array meshe parts from ZBrush had to be remade in Houdini in order to be more easily rigged, and required to be all individuals (no instances) so they all have their own UVs (and specific textures) import and reassemble for very geometric parts UV layout defining of bevel edges bevel and subdivision test Hudini rigging for moveable parts final assembly export for texturing Substance Designer Creation of the metal panel’s procedural texture. creating tileable plates pattern extracting rivets zones creating rivets assembly parameters export and test render Substance Painter Classic work of texturing via Substance Painter. Use of instance layers for red color accross parts, and anchor Layer for scratches reacting to normal details layer.Maps exported in Unreal Engine 4 preset, so can be used in both HighEnd and Realtime Renderers. base pre-created metal plattes basic painting (red pain as an instance layer) basic scratches screen same for “turbines” and reactors Final Render Back to Houdini with Redhift (PBR worlflow). …with a tip to show Redshift textures in display. houdini testing and Redshift rendering test render test render test render
Video Mapping Truck
Technical Direction of a marvelous Video-Mapping Tool …the kind of toy I like ! For 6 months I have been in charge of the technical direction of a very new and advance tool,  that we could describe as an all-in-one videoMapping truck, produced by the Athem compagny. It embed 6 Modulo Kinetic Servers, 4 Christie Boxer 4K30 video projectors, and Graphist toolset for responsivity and on-site performance. The result was so great that we rapidly made a second one ! Conception While the main structure conception was done before I joined the crew, I had in charge the design and installation of the main broadcast system. I choosed Modulo Kinetic for the broadcast embedded system, due to it’s capability to handle multiple synchronised players, and it’s massive realtime tweakability, allowing any kind of interactivity and on-site performance. first road test first road test an inside view during the assembly On-site Direction On-site I worked as video-projectors and Modulo Kinetic operator, and when those jobs were done I usually made an user-friendly interface, so it could be manageable by non-expert users (for shows during multiple days). The Grand Palais, Paris The Louvre, Paris Bibliotheque François Mitterrand, Paris Upgrades and Maintenance When not on-site, my job was to make the trucks always ready to go, and upgrade the system (like putting the Internet for remote control, making the two trucks synchronised, etc) I’d like to greatfully thank the Athem compagny for putting trust in me and together making this incredible project happen.
Weird Hairs Research
Simple research with Houdini, strokes and Redshift …yep, I’m testing Redshift That’s all folks !
Reveal of the Honor-8 at the Molitor pool – Paris 3D / Motion artist, creating the shots below (selection on shots, not all were kept !) Agency : SpectreLab
Nissan XTrail
Reveal of the new X-Trail from Nissan. 3D / Motion artist, creating the shot below : My shot This is the shot I made for this show Main compositing Other part of the job was to setup the main workflow.As the car was mapped too, it was crutial to have a persistent workflow, permitting all the mapped videos to match each others. Agency: SpectreLab
Schindler – Shanghai
Schindler Shanghai – Video Mapping 3D / Motion artist, creating the shots below. Agency : Superbien
Land Rover launched its new “Evoque” car in China at an impressive event. Worked as 3D / Motion artist by creating the two shots below. Agency : Superbien
Interactive Stage Set for Drummer
Interactive RIG for drummers. …to give the ability to control lights and Video Mapping just by playing drums An home-made Interactive suite for drum players. The system allows to trigger stage lights, video (3D mapping, screens…), and electronic devices. As it is based on direct sound, it is expansible to others instruments… Music copyrighted by the Rolling Stones Drummer Bertrand Hennart
Insula Orchestra / Orpheo’s Mind
Making of a interactive LED RIG for abstract video « Orpheo’s Mind » on Orfeo ed Euridice extract by Gluck « Che puro Ciel ». Base Design Base design was done by Romain Brision, using the parametric design tool Grasshoper.It was then build in plexiglass. LED Rig I took care of the LEDs system, which is based on 500+ assigneable LEDs, placed and dispatched at the back of the horizontal plexiglass slides.It is then controled by a custom Processing software, using touchScreen capability for used laptop. Shooting For the shooting the cloud was placed between two videoprojectors, one for itself and one for the wall behind it. See the result : Agency : Superbien