With his main rig complete Piero could now start for his first test flight. The facial shapekeys and the rig still need to be created.
pkaron This funny bird 🐦was the initial reason why I came to CG Cookie 🍪 😊!
kouya Thanks, Oliver 🙂! I've painted the feathers in Gimp starting with a stretched noise pattern for the feather fibres which I bent upwards using the "Warp Transform" tool . The quill is an appropriately stretched and squeezed radial gradient. The black cracks in the "Alpha Texture" have been drawn along the fibres using a tablet and pressure sensitivity for the brush size. Choose a radial gradient for the brush. Start drawing the cracks approximately half the distance between the feather outline and the quill. Avoid evenly spaced cracks as well as too many of them. Combine smaller and bigger cracks. The "Alpha Texture" is basically also a stretched and squeezed radial gradient with a completely white duplicate of the quill copied into it. You can see my progress in painting the feathers here: https://cgcookie.com/questions/13177-painting-piero-s-feather-textures-in-gimp-duerer-s-progress
Oh the feathers turned out really good. Feather are my nemesis... for now. :3