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Greet the Sun

Not quite a redo of Shimmering Wings.  Next job is to try and work out if the first gen Avians had head feathers or if they developed later on down the track.  Taha'ne is the earliest known ancestor of Tsa'run and the original developer/inventor of "The Art" (a branch of kung fu specifically tailored to the Winged who eventually evolved into the Flyers, and which was further developed to accommodate both Base Terrans and Evolved with extra limbs).


Guardian Angel

silhouette sketch of an Avian on a building

Here we have Azrael in a rare moment of happiness (no he's not about to kill someone this time).

Very quick redo of a 2010 silhouette sketch from my sketchbook.  It was supposed to be coloured but the coloured version ended up being too dark so I just used the multiply, overlay and dodge brushes from David Revoy's awesome brush set.  The original will never again see the light of day unless you're a Patreon XD


I have wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiings!

And this time they're not broken XD

Feather rigging took forever.  I probably still haven't done it right and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make controllers for them (good thing I'm not aspiring to be a rigger!) but it will do for now.


Particle wing progression

Blender Avian model with particle feathers

Every now and again I need to do a test render to show myself some progress, because laying out feathers is very tedious.  Right wing only has flight feathers, left wing has two layers of underside coverts (the second layer is incomplete) and I'll figure out how to do the downy feathers later.  In the interests of speed I set it to render only one child per strand, this one took about 15mins.  5 children per strand looks better, when I have the time and the inclination I'll compare it to 20 (which was what I was using originally before there were too many feathers) and see if the extra children is worth the jump in render time.


Particle feathers

Blender Avian with particle feathers

Particle feathers look a hell of a lot better than polygon feathers but take about a million years to render.  This frame took 50mins.  This would be why people use polygon feathers with texture maps. this stage I may bite the excessive render times for the nicer appearance.


Can't fudge this

The good thing about drawing is that you can blithely say that your character has a 20m wingspan and still draw them folded up neatly against their backs in the pose everyone expects, which is something similar to my short-armed redo which had a roughly 5m wingspan:

Blender Avian model with chicken wings


Contemplating Avian wing sizing...

I can't remember how I came about my original calculations but I worked out that a 1.8m tall (because that's how tall my base model is, no other real reason) Avian should have a 10-12m wingspan.  Because I didn't want to make the wing arms too big (because heavy plus looked stupid past a certain point) I managed to end up with 3m long primaries.

Blender Avian model with 10m wingspan

For comparative purposes one with a 7m wingspan (made the wing arms longer but used the feathers I'd done originally, didn't zoom in for size comparison):

Blender Avian model with 7m wingspan


Avian wing progression

Reasonably weight mapped chicken wings.

Avian Blender model with folded chicken wings

Which I think looks a lot better than the Lightwave model I did five years ago (weight mapping was probably still a work in progress here or at least I hope it was, I can't remember now):

Lightwave Avian model weightmap wip

And now comes with primary, secondary and tertial flight feathers.

Avian Blender model with flight feathers


My 3

Quick and dirty render of my dragonkin, avian and base base models

QAD render to celebrate finishing the bulk of rigging. A couple of tiny little tweaks to make but it's stuff I can do as I go.

Low enhanced antialiasing, radiosity and Skytracer on default settings (added the thing, checked the cloud boxes).

Think I used too much blue. And yes it looks funny as there are no joint or face morphs. I need more RAM and less OpenGL sliders.

The pose is based off a really old pic of my sister's as I realised a bit ago that my base models matched up with her fan characters.


Avian - completed rig

Avian base model with wings rigged

Showing off the completed rig of the Avian base model.