Flying Bird

Flying Bird

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Flying Bird

Title: Flying Bird
Pixel Artist: Blackbeltdude  (Level 7 Ichikyu :: 7347 points)
Posted: 12/2/2009 20:12
Statistics:  13 comments    4 faves    0 avatars

Figured I'd post an animation, since it's been a while since I've done that. :P

This was something I did for an iPhone game (WordMonger should be coming out soon as far as I know). When I made it, wanted to get a kind of SEGA Genesis vibe out of it. Hopefully that's kind of there.

Aside from that, I think what they asked me to make was the bastard child of a chicken and Woody Wood Pecker (OK, so that's my own way of describing what they said...).



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ellie-is (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 2/6/2010 12:19

 Let me know when you make that realistic bird. I will be looking forward to see it :P

Blackbeltdude (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 2/5/2010 13:08

Thanks for taking the time to post that nice crit!

I would say that it's important to keep in mind that this is meant to be a cartoon bird; so universal physic laws apply a bit less. ;)

Regardless, what you're saying about gliding is absolutly correct. And I hadn't even considered the tail feathers; it's also a really good point you made! This bird probably won't be touched up, but your crit does make me want to try to make a realistic bird flying animation. So I might just give that a shot. ;)

Thanks for the crits everyone!

ellie-is (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 1/31/2010 08:10

 Looks great, and you did get the genesis feel.

But I'm pretty sure theres no way a bird could fly with its tail like that. He also seems to flap the wings in a weird way. I mean, the animation is great, but... I think that if he did that, he would just gain height, but wouldn't move horizontally too much. What some birds like toucans do is to fly like that for a while, and then glide, and then repeat. Its funny to watch. It sounds like the kind of flight a heavy bird like this one would have, if it was able to fly. But I guess I'm getting too attached to details and most people wont notice their wings in the game, anyway.

But if you were to fix anything (even though I think you already got paid for this job since this piece is not really that new, it wouldnt hurt to update this one in the gallery :P) I would tell you to fix the tail.  The tail feathers are what birds use to change directions, go up/down, among other things. The way your bird is, the tail would reduce his speed greatly, or if he was fast enough when he raised the tail like that, he would probably spin around or something. You should make it in a more horizontal position, which is what it would use to gain speed. And judging by how fat that bird is, he would need any help he can to fly. :P

The way the head moves could also be an issue at higher speeds, but I guess it wouldn't be able to go that fast with all that fat anyway.



...that was quite a big wall of text. Sorry X]

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 12/3/2009 20:36


Agree with the comments below, (but you where comissioned to do otherwise..)

Destiny (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/3/2009 14:21

The bird's body is awful static but the wing animation and the sprite itself is wonderful :3


Shoopzation (Level 1 Depressed) @ 12/3/2009 03:52

Too bright, but quite good anyway.

Manupix (Level 11 Godzilla) @ 12/3/2009 01:53


Agree with previous comments about body and tail; also the feet might move a little.

It's a duck to me, no doubt.

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 12/3/2009 01:47

Nice animation Blackbeltdude! I agree with Cure, but yeah, the boss decides ;)

Blackbeltdude (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 12/2/2009 23:27

I actually did that origionally, Cure, but they wanted it to remain still... and they also wanted a fatter bird. I think I'll eventually do another flying bird animation (probably a different style), but not for a commission so I can do it the way I want. Even the head movement was something they requested. Though, it's a nice idea to go back and adjust this to my liking for portfolio purposes, so I may find some time to update this.

Thanks for the crits and comments guys! :)

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 12/2/2009 22:39

i think the bird's body should be pushed up when the wings beat down, and let fall when the wings are risen

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 12/2/2009 21:50

This is amazing except fo the tail feathers, they are just too oversized. 

Frost (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 12/2/2009 21:41

The bird looks a bit unbalanced, the birds tail seems to be a tad bit to heavy. I like the animation of the wings.

OSM (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 12/2/2009 21:36

 Wow, this is very nice! The only complaint I have is the tail feathers awkward sporadic motion, but other then that it's fantastic.

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