Lightning Orb

Continuing my long-running (if sporadic) “elemental orbs” series! Every so often I get an idea for one of these O R B with some tropes of a particular element. I’ve done fire and ice orbs in the past, this one is the metal-y lightning orb!

This project came out almost exactly as I sketched/envisioned it, which I’m really happy about. Lightning and ferrofluid were built in Houdini, the rest was built in Blender and rendered with Cycles. Geometry nodes is alllmostt ready to do the ferrofluid! The basic setup works, but the smoothing tools are a bit lacking atm:

Any suggestions on improving the Blender result would be appreciated!

More info on my artstation page here: