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

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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.

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