Mothra Would Be Proud!

Hey Guys! I know that I usually do a lot of video uploads on what to do, but I feel that I will do a regular written post for now. SO! I looked at the Steampunk Bird model in a tutorial, and I know for a fact that even a video submission of that would take about 2 hours to do. And I’m not going to make you sit here for hours trying to watch that. So instead, I found an easier project with wings as well: an animated butterfly.


Okay, first thing we will learn to do is, obviously, make the body. How I made the body of the butterfly was through EP curves. Now, the difference between EP and CV curves, is that EP curves will change the way the curve will look through each added point. So, what you need to do first, is created the curve for the body. When you make it, and you think it needs tweaking, just right click the curve and select “edit vertex”. This lets you move around the points so you can create a better curve.

When you feel the body is perfect, go under “surfaces” and hit “revolve”. Now that the body is done, you should start on the wings. Use EP curves again, and create a wing you like. Now, instead of hitting “revolve” under “surfaces”, you click on the one underneath it called “Planar”. This makes the wings flat and not a giant circle. Now, bring the wing close to the body so it looks connected, and change the pivot point of the wing. To do this on a Mac, you hold down “d”, and you will see a little blue circle. Move that circle to the inside of the body, but close to the wing.

To make the other wing, Go under “edit”, and click “Duplicate Special”. Now the 2nd wing is done. HEADS UP: MAKE SURE THE FIRST WING IS SELECTED BEFORE HITTING DUPLICATE!

Do the same thing with the pivot on it, and you’re ready to move on to antennae. Antennae aren’t needed for a butterfly model, but i like making things anatomically correct(thanks OCD). To do this, make a little EP curve, and then go under “General” and make a circle. Bring the circle close to the curve you just made, and do this step: select the circle, hold “Shift” and then click on the curve. After that, you go under “Surfaces” and click on “Extrude”. Now you made a HUGE tube as your antennae. We don’t need an antennae thicker than the butterfly itself, so you need to thin it out.

click on the tube, and go to extrude1. Where it says “Use Component pivot”, select “Component Pivot”, and click on both square boxes underneath.Then, set the scale to 0.00. Now just move the antennae to wherever you want it to be, and duplicate it to create the 2nd one.

Now, just parent the body to the attachments. To do this, go under Edit and, while selecting the body and an attachment on the body, click Parent. Do this for every appendage. BAM! your butterfly is done!

Now, you guys know how to set key frames and what not, so to make the butterfly flap it’s wings, all you need to do is animate the wings. Animate them in short spaces inbetween. This way, it will give the look that the wings are flapping quickly. Let it move wherever you want it to move and your animation is good!


That’s it for now! If you have any questions, email me at


~ by shadowdroid677 on June 12, 2013.

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