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This is my first ever serious attempt at a model in Maya, as well as my first ever attempt at animating in Maya. It was a pretty big step to take in one go, but I found it surprisingly easy and a lot of fun :). It was done for a project. I'm definitely going to experiment in Maya during the summer, who knows in a while I may even be able to take modelling/animation commissions!

Things I would do better next time is the frame rate, as the animation doesn't quite run as smoothly as it could, and I'd take more time working on the texture. Of course my overall modelling and animating skills need a lot of work, but for a very first time I'm pretty pleased with the result :). It was a lot of fun anyway!

Art by me, *Dragoness77.
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:iconobiwankotey:
ObiWanKotey Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! Do the wings fold in?
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Similar to how any bird does it really, the bones would just be pulled close to the body. It didn't look quite as good because the wireframe would be a little squashed, but that was the idea. Thank you!
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ObiWanKotey Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. Again great work!
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Teru95 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice^^ I don't really know much about it, but I like it. I hope it is okay if I use some moves from perspective to perspective for my own animation project (for school)?
Sorry for any english mistakes~
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not at all, go ahead. Though be sure to study actual films of birds flying as well, you can't really go wrong there :).
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:iconteru95:
Teru95 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thank you very much =)
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Deltaforce11 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate texturing and wrapping in maya ( first month in maya school )
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ElvendarWynn Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Whats full name of programm i wanna learn to use it too
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Autodesk Maya 2011.
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ElvendarWynn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
cool
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:iconbmbbaby4:
bmbbaby4 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is awesome! Im in my first maya class and just browsing for ideas for my final project. Great job!
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, good luck with your own project! :)
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:iconbmbbaby4:
bmbbaby4 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks!
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DragonsPainter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great model, and great animation! <3
Perhaps I will have to try out maya....

Planning on doing any other models? c:
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps :). For a while I considered doing 3D commissions but I have the student version of Maya and I'm really not that experienced yet..
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DragonsPainter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Practice makes perfect? xD

I have been trying out Blender, and I think I am getting pretty good with it, maybe I can offer advice? Though I think you are better then I am currently xD
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bakadot Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Photographer
Great 'attempt'(you say anyway) at animation, just a little pointer;
Do some studies of how an eagle/bird flies with its wings and the movements in there, 'cause they tend to be more substantial and deeper, with their back muscles visibly moving, and a little bit of a shift in the chest from the muscles there working.
Otherwise, its really good for a first go, I know a couple of people who've tried to do something like this on their first go and completely flopped it, well done (:
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks; I did in fact study bird movement, but it was hard to find a good video of eagles or other predators flying in such a pace that it was a good reference. I ended up with some pretty good swan and duck videos but they do fly differently :<.

Thank you!
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inugou Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol i tried maya but it was hard
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Laikuss Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
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That bird. I want it now.
Also, I want to try Maya too, but my pc is too old for it to run. :L
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Pyrogawd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm working a lot with Maya lately, great job really like the flow of the animation and the model is very well detailed!
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Kirbyking100 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
I really love this, the wing movement is so smooth.
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)!
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MuttInkDreams Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
you are so talented....

i'm just starting to learn Maya and I got stuck on the rigging because something's not working for some reason
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santhoshvjm Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
i also learned maya any way your work is really nice
i am doing rigging

its a Maya resources blog
[link]

and also we have a forum can u please post your demo reel there
[link]
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AKI-TENSHI Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome :) , makes me want 2 work harder thanx for the upload
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marciolcastro Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love it! :D
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you do, thanks :).
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:iconlynja:
Lynja Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember the first time I worked for real in Maya. It sure is a lot of fun :) You got talent, love it :)
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ChimerasBlood Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
how did you model in maya? i can't figure out how to start even rendering/modeling it it, yet i can figure out the animation :facepalm:
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, I don't actually know how I could possibly explain that to you xD. Just make sure Maya is set to "Polygons" and play around with the various shapes to create what you're going for. Look up tuts on how to transform the basic shapes, there are plenty of them online :). Good luck!
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ChimerasBlood Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah XD That's what i've been doing wrong! :facepalm: thanks!
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jasonmg1 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice. You are off to a Hell of a start!
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Wings-of-the-Heavens Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! :-) I'm having a bit of a difficult time on how to work with "Maya 2012" and "Blender". :/
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:iconloryska:
Loryska Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Are you using the trial, or did you pay for it?
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I used the trial. Sorry for the incredibly late reply xD!
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Loryska Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
xD It's perfectly fine! I would use the trial version, but my computer wouldn't be able to handle it. I think it would just explode right there. -__-
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L-Archi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
awesome work btw ^^;
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L-Archi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
I can't believe that you think that maya is easy, I think it's so complicated XD
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Graeth-Raltharn Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Amazing work
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wyldhart1395 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Awesome.
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alienfirst Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work! The curve editor is GOD when making good animations. That thing makes animating so much easier. O_o
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Curve editor? xD I'm sorry I'm not very familiar yet with Maya terms ^^!

Thank you though!
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alienfirst Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If you do more animating, look up how to use the curve editor. It's the most handy tool to make really smooth animation. 'Tis awesome. :D
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4ESP Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student
This is absolutely amazing and awesome! Great job! I hope to do this stuff someday and I'm working towards it in school. For your first model and animation, this is just wonderful and the flying is way smooth enough. :) Sure it could be better, but man, I'm just blown away. You just accomplished a way better animation than over HALF the CGI I see in B movies, cartoons, and etc on TV these days. I look forward to seeing more of this and, well, pretty much any artwork you do!
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, well thank you so much!
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:iconvaraann:
VaraAnn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student General Artist
This is so fantastic :love:
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :).
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dragon-master-13 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awsome!
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Schadenfruede Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's... really impressive. .-.

You can animate a bird flying much better than some professionals.
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