Let’s do some birdwatching
I look at my reference images and sketch a basic wing out in Photoshop. There’s a huge variety in the shape of bird, insect and bat wings, and how they appear in flight, so you can raid Google for ideas. The wings of herons and crows are close to the look I’m after for this project. Crows are tough and able flyers, while a heron’s wings have beautiful colouring and proportions.
Watch the paint job
I run through a few iterations of wing sketches, trying to figure out what’s working and what isn’t. Then I paint a new version, adding some decals and details as I go along. It’s very easy to introduce details and patches of colour here to see if they work, and to apply gritty details, such as evidence of exhaust marks on the paintwork. July 2016