Fairy Series Materials Collection

  • October 01, 2015
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: Lomar
  • License: CC-0
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Everyone likes to create a fairy from time to time -- right? -- and getting the right wing material, with that "fairy magic" feeling, can be a challenge. Here's your solution, folks -- a Blender Internal materials collection created for fairy wings! They will help bring a bit of magic to your creations.

There are ten new, purely procedural, textured materials included, plus one "bonus" material. Most have a built-in sparkle effect when they move. All of the materials use transparency, and a few have mirror components. Most use a low-level emit for brighter colors and for nighttime magic. In addition, all use some manipulation of normals for the appearance of more depth, so they should work well even for tight close-ups.

They can be versatile, too. With imagination -- who knows? For example, turn off the transparency (or not... ) and they could work as fairy garment materials. Or turn off transparency and sparkle, and several could make a nice wallpaper material in a perfectly boring environment!

All are easily scaled, as I haven't done anything fancy with the mapping sizes. Just be sure you make the same changes to all of a material's textures. The exception -- and especially important -- is the scale of the "magic" texture for "Fairy Fun" (texture "Tex - F Fun 4"). Too small and you see the color pattern, too large and there's not enough color variation. Achieving a good look with "Fairy Fun" requires balancing the "magic" texture's scale with the shape and size of the area covered. This is one you'll have to play with for yourself.

The short video is a very simple animation to show how the materials look in motion. Animation really brings out their magic, IMHO.

Friendly warning: These materials are not quick to render -- several can be painfully slow. For longer shots most of these materials can be simplified, but keep the original! For closer work, the results are worth the extra render time.

Deleting all but one matball would have saved about 11.5MB from the file size. Unfortunately, Blend Swap insists the file match the preview image, and won't allow me to remove the extra matballs...

Finally, I should mention the "Fairy Wing" material, which helped inspire my creations. I believe "Fairy Wing" is public domain, and I know it has been around for a very long time, but it's a great material for a light, airy, magical look. It's included in the file as an extra bonus. It seems to me appropriate for it to be part of this collection. "Fairy Wing" is not my creation.

Keep creating! Peace.

Video URL: https://youtu.be/QAa3OFKKjLk


  • matthewinglis profile picture

    Looks lovely, thanks for sharing!

    Written October 05, 2015
  • Lomar profile picture

    You're welcome! Glad you like it. Always glad to share when I can.

    Written October 05, 2015
  • halszkat profile picture

    thank you!

    Written November 17, 2015
  • CaptainRex profile picture

    I will use this, thank you! : )

    Cheers, Rex

    Written April 12, 2016
  • nfarcasiu profile picture

    Thanks for sharing, Lomar!

    Written November 21, 2018
  • taevlioroblox  profile picture

    this is amazing!!

    Written December 08, 2020