In this tutorial we will be creating and rigging an animatable bird wing. This technique has been used in production as you can see in this video. All scene files provided are made using 3DS Max 2012.
Subjects covered: rigging a wing and populating it with feathers.
Watch Luima’s Creating and rigging a wing tutorial
Download the files available for this tutorial:
You can download the starting scene that contains the base mesh and wing shape guide.
Luis Manuel Morillo (Luima) is a self-taught modeler/animator from the Dominican Republic. He decided to learn animation back in 1993, when he watched Jurassic Park for the first time on the big screen, and has been inspired by the work of Industrial Light and Magic ever since. Despite the animation industry in his country being almost non-existent, he opened a small animation studio in 1999 (RaycastDR.com) with his brother and a friend. Most commercial opportunities available in his country are small projects, so he tries to challenge himself to keep learning new things, and every time he sees a movie that makes him wonder “how did they do that”, he tries to answer it by finding a way to do it despite all possible limitations. You can find more about his work at Luima.com.