This is an animation showing the creation of complex form derived from nParticles in Maya. The small lines indicate the location and velocity of the individual particles. For more information please refer to the section “Modelling with Dynamic Particles” in the paper “Digitising the Complex Form“.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0Um5A69Ozw]
Note that I have absolutely no idea why the faces exploded off and when I reran the model it never did it again, but hey, thats the whole idea behind complex form, the outcome is never entirely predictable.