Fur Tails

This effect is a stab at making a relatively animal-ish looking tail, or maybe tendril. Like with so much of my work, I'm in large measure experimenting with the properties of alpha textures here; this is exactly the sort of effect that tessellated triangles tend to do poorly at. In general, you can get a lot of mileage from making objects out of lots of self-similar objects in a line, where each object has linear or geometric relationships to the object that can before it in terms of position, scale, tinting, and rotation. Throw in an interesting image (and particularly one with a good alpha silhouette), and you can get all sorts of good looks.

Download the source for this file here and here. You might need to right click and select "Save As". This file was saved in Adobe Flash CS5, and uses Actionscript 3.