This fun little skater dude was created using a spherical mirror deformer I made in Houdini, then traced over in Photoshop to get that cartoon-y look. The deformer is based on Armin Halac's awesome tutorial for Fabric Engine - a software package that sadly no longer exists - but he gives you the math basics to recreate it. It takes your model and deforms it the same way an object is reflected in a sphere, giving you really interesting and unexpected results. The second loop above is what the animation looked like straight out of Houdini's viewport. I wrapped the whole thing up as a Houdini Digital Asset, so feel free to download the deformer and play around with it yourself!
You can download the HDA from here on Orbolt.
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