Post 8 - Brightwing Hearth
*The contents below are my own opinions and not that of my employer*
Wings and Things
Brightwing was the first flying character creature I've animated in my career. Not only was it my first flying animation, but it was also my first hearth/recall animation on a character for Heroes of the Storm.
It was quite the challenge. I knew from the start that I wanted to throw in a loop into the animation, so because of this, my planning was based on the loop. The hardest part was trying to figure out a nice flight path for Brightwing to take to get there.
She needed to perform a loop and needed the gain the speed and momentum to do said loop from a complete still pose. I was having trouble thumb nailing ideas for it, so I literally shot reference of just my hand in attempts to find the motion I was looking for. My pet dragon at the time wasn't available.