[Bf-committers] Hair Sculpting and Simulation

Lukas Tönne lukas.toenne at gmail.com
Thu Dec 19 10:15:25 CET 2013

Hi Hsuan-Hao,

Having a dedicated hair solver would be great. The same code is currently
used for particles as well as hair, with "fake" cloth data being generated
in addition to that for hair dynamics. This is a very cumbersome and
complicated system, where the exact use of the data has to be checked in
almost every function.

Particles will get a replacement next year. This leaves us with the option
of removing/disabling the particle code from the current system and turn it
into a pure hair feature, but eventually the whole thing should be recoded.

As a rough outline, these are the steps i would suggest:

* Implement a dedicated data structure for hair. Atm the geometric model
for hair is based on spline interpolation, with "particle paths" being used
as the control points. But there are a number of more suitable models
around, e.g.
  - Modelling hair as strands, which supports very detailed curling without
much additional data [1]
  - Volumetric hair [2]

  I'm far from being up-to-date on all the methods being used in the
industry at this point, a thorough investigation of available methods is

* Integrate hair dynamics into a general simulation framework. This is
another part of the planned physics improvements for next year: We want to
solve the problems with object interaction by moving away from the current
use of "modifiers" as the basis of simulations. I've written down a few
thoughts on why this is a problem and how it can be solved by adding a
scene-level simulation framework at [3].

* Adapt current sculpting/particle edit tools to work with the new hair
data structures. Ideally the sculpting tools should be generalized in a way
that allows use with different types of geometry where applicable, such as
surfaces (2D), "strands" (1D) and point (0D) data. Special hair features
such as curl parameters may still require specialized brush types.


[2] http://graphics.pixar.com/library/Hair/paper.pdf

On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 8:15 AM, 張軒豪 <pyrochlore at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> My name is Hsuan-Hao Chang and I am new to this mailing list.
> I am specially interested in 'Hair' in Blender.
> The hair sculpting tools in Blender is amazing but I want more.
> Since Blender is open source, I decided to build some tools.
> For example,
> brush to orient strand of hair without change the shape,
> utility to transfer hair shape from one to others,
> roller helps create curl hair like Disney's Brave,
> etc...
> Before that, I think it would be a great idea to ask the project owner and
> everybody here first for advices.
> Also, I am interested in hair simulation.
> >From the source code, I found the current 'hair simulation' using an
> implicit cloth solver.
> I have gave it a try, but the behavior of collision is not easy to control.
> Will we have any plan to implement a real hair solver?
> If we do have a plan, I want to do some contributes on that.
> It would be a necessary if we just made a great hair style and want to
> animate it.
> Regards,
> Hsuan-Hao
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