Creating a growing effect presents its own set of challenges. If you are using Side FX Houdini, animated growth can rely on some pretty complex concepts, such as L-Systems and space colonization. What if you wanted to create growth without using any VEX? There is a way.
Ben Watts guest hosts an Entagma tutorial, that shows how you can create a growing effect really easily. This is done by creating start and end points, and calculate the shortest path between those two points. It is a neat and tight setup that relies entirely on Houdini’s off the shelf toolset. It offers similar complexity to other methods, only without the need for coding.
Adding some methods for manipulating grow patters, can offer a wide variety of effects. Download the Easy Growth Project file to follow along or pick-apart.g