Pose and paint a flying vehicle
Combines simple 3D and 2D techniques to concept an ornithopter with flapping wings, inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune
une’s complex Godfather-style mob politics is one of the things I love about the book. But that’s not easy to draw. So I’m going to concept an ornithopter. One of the most recognisable vehicles in the Dune universe, this is a machine that serves in the roll of a helicopter, but in order to make it seem cool and futuristic, author Frank Herbert described a plane-sized device that could
Demulate the flight performance of a bird of prey. In David Lynch’s film adaptation the ornithopter wings didn’t move, presumably for budget reasons. The finest rendition of a ornithopter I’ve seen was painted by ArtofThera and that will be my primary reference here.
Creating a working ornithopter that flaps its wings is a substantial task, so the first thing to do is build very simple maquette models. These will enable me to try out ideas, make some sketches, and figure out the direction for the full model. Making them as quickly and simply as possible is the focus of this workshop.
Birds wings are beautiful and in order to catch some of that in the finished model without doing any complex modelling, I’ll be painting them in Photoshop. You might be surprised how good a simple model can look after a bit of Photoshop love.