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Old 06 June 2012   #1
Realistic Cg Bird

hello all,
Is there anyone out here who can help me out with clue that how can i achieve realistic bird feathers using Maya .actually i am stuck in a shot in which i am required to achieve a realistic pigeon bird and its a close camera shot in which bird will be seeing flying and also will be folding its wing.and along with rig i need to also achieve realistic feather look. so what actually i want to know is?
a) Is it possible to achieve realistic feather look through just textures as its a close up shot its should not look fake.and if its not then what are the other option to get the best feather look.
b)the main problem with the rig is to fold up the wings .i did some anatomy study for the wings but to achieve the beautiful folding up of wings is what i am not able to achieve yet.

if you guys have any idea of it or if you know any good links which can help me out then pls do share..
Old 06 June 2012   #2
Texturing the feather with transparency map will help you get the look n feel.
Wing is just like human arm rig with clavicle/scapula, shoulder, elbow, wrist. Add on twist joints to upper n lower part of the wing. Also have bendy ctrl for wings to get the curve while the bird is flying.
Feathers can have fk joint chain down it. Have some extra empty group on top of the ctrl. Now have an expression or node based conection between the ctrl up group with the time and offset attr for each of the feather joint.
Hope it helps!
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Old 06 June 2012   #3
thanks for the quick response.. i will try to achieve the look through textures..
and problem with feather is when bird is folding down its wing ..when its flying i am able to achieve the curve ...
Old 06 June 2012   #4
To get correct folding shape goto use corrective blendShape.
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Old 06 June 2012   #5
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