I was planning to just share some pictures in the album I already started earlier, when working on the first wing, but for some reason I haven't been able to add more pictures to the album... (I posted the problem I have in the forum part about problems with the site, if anyone has any suggestions) Anyway, I sort of finished my first attempt at ball and socket armature making, which was a huge learning curve and 3-4 months of hard work. ;) And still lots to learn of course.
I still need to finish a flying rig for the bird and add attachment points. I'm just looking for either a different place to work or in investing some more tools (and mainly a good work bench) myself so I can continue working on this, as I can't access the (university) workshop where I have been working anymore for the rest of this summer...
Anyway, I thought I would share some pictures here at least and would love any comments/feedback. Of course he will only really prove itself when I get him moving. :) Maybe I will do some tests already without the flying rig (he has tie downs in his feet too), but I really mainly designed him to be supported by the flying rig. Story/film plans are in development. ;)
Wow, that's a pretty elaborate armature for your first attempt. It looks like all the joints are holding their position so it seems to be working properly. Looks like it should work well. How are you planning on covering the armature...build up or casting?
Beautiful work..wings are such a difficult entity to armature, especially with
ball & socket. Keep striving..
That's a great-looking armature. Have you animated a test yet? Will the final model be built-up or silicone or foam-injection?
Thanks for the comments!
Tom: yes I have done a test, you can find it here: http://vimeo.com/73485111
I borrowed the big rig system here, so I need to find a different/cheaper solution when using it for my film.
I am planning on using this armature in a film both as it is and covered as a completed model as well. For the final model I am planning to cast the neck/head + legs/feet and use build up for the rest of the body. Still experimenting with different feather approaches. Working on a short 1 minute project in between at the moment, then will crack on with this bird. Beginning of May I should have a short film finished with him. :)
I like this. Looks alive on its own!
Nice! You've developed quite the talent in the past couple years. Way to go!
I have to say that's pretty amazeballs! ...really impressive. Great work. :)
Thanks a lot!
I am trying to set up an attic space as a workshop and gather kit at the moment so I can do more armature making from home. So hopefully more armature making to come soonish...
I'm hoping to put the finished film with this character public online sometime soon, it should be long enough entering festivals and other screenings. For anyone in Bristol (ok, not going to be many people on this site), UK 'Moonbird' will be broadcasted on local Television somewhere in May as part of television show 'Short Cuts'.
Hey Roos - I'm in the UK (but not Bristol unfortunately). Will it be on YouTube at any point?
I will check soon what the premiere rules are with any festivals I may still be entered into (can hardly remember all I tried :P) and with the tv broadcast and put it online as soon as I know it should be fine. Probably pretty soon. Will be more people watching it once it is online than the odd festival I may get into still I reckon.
Right now I have it on Vimeo as private link. I'd be quite happy to send it in a private message with link and password. :)