Today the time was spent to get the lighting working when character was finally set in to the scene.
Each bit of scene ( in total 7 for act 1) is lighten separately.
For example in this scene four more lights support the character to create a volumetric lighting. Key light, few section boost lights and rim light shape the bird in this image. I think more work is needed still. For example light wings. Also it is clear now, the background is to empty .
This scene I'm pretty happy with. Though it looks like it still needs some tweaking on shadows.
In this scene I used rim and Rembrandt short lights (light which is 45 degree to the character) to separate the character from the background .
All the images have render layers combined. So this perhaps would be the end result of animation looks.
And here is the portion of animation. The Bird after encountering the enchanting Island rushes towards it and gazes at it in chill amazement.
As usually after seeing a sequence of animation I go back and do some curve cleaning, but essentially it is the same what's in the video.