I'd like to create a line animation like this one :

(Jupiter Ascending UI for info)

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The question has been asked here and the person who created this animation replied, but with indications for Cinema 4d's Thinking Particles along with a file :


Can this be replicated in Blender ?

I tried with particles & forces but i cannot get near that. For example, one of the problems is that particles are going in all directions, intersecting paths of each others.

  • $\begingroup$ Try wind applied to curve shapes $\endgroup$ – 3pointedit Aug 25 '17 at 12:31

Demo curve gif

Try making an array of a plane along a curve. Deform the curve with a displace modifier driven by an object, then flatten the shape to a hidden plane.

curve objects


Make a material with a few brick textures, use a Mapping node to animate their offset. This can drive the bricks along the surface to make a fake particle effect.

brick material

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for your insight, i was looking into brick textures into brick textures, following your comment, but your node setup works great, many thanks ! I'll have to study it as the control along the geometry is completely new to me... $\endgroup$ – Clem Aug 26 '17 at 17:00

You'll probably want to use curves but they can be hard to make without using Animation Nodes or some other addon. I have used particles with motion blur.

I made a curve and fit an object array along it. I applied a wind>curve force filed to the curve, while I applied a force>surface force field to the array object.

curve and emitter

array surface

curve wind effect

surface force


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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, but my problem is to make the lines not cross each other as seen in the reference image. I've come across a partial solution by emitting from a few aligned vertices with a curve guide, but it's still hard to control when i add more curves in it... $\endgroup$ – Clem Aug 25 '17 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ Ok then I'm thinking that procedural brick texture over an array curved plane might be better? $\endgroup$ – 3pointedit Aug 25 '17 at 23:24

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