X-Particles Liquid S - Project File Download
In this X-Particles project inside of Cinema 4D, we make the letter S with a liquid inner core. The inspiration is from 36 Days of Type.
To get the shape of the liquid part, we use xpFlowField with the Flow set to “Along Spline” mode. Add some xpTurbulence and mesh it with xpOVDBMesher.
We also retime the animation with X-Particles’s powerful Retiming feature.
For a better-looking liquid, adding Subsurface Scattering goes a long way. But it also means much longer render times:-( But, overall it’s worth the render-hit.
We render this using Cycles 4D. We can transfer the colors from
the xpOVDBMesher directly into Cycles 4D via a Vertex Color Tag and using an Attribute node.
I lit the scene with an HDRI Link from Greyscalegorilla. If you don’t have that plugin, replace it with another HDRI image. I found that studio lighting gave better results than, say, a landscape image.
I had a lot of fun creating the project. Hopefully, you can find some good uses for it as inspiration.
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