So this weekend was interesting. One part was that someone asked me if I could help to design and implement a griffon pelt with either natural, faux, or a combination of both materials. Thought of you. And then another is that there's someone that follows you on here that goes to the NY Faire and she recognized Brackett. She's a little jelly that we're buds.
From a critical point of view, with experience coming from beign a falconer and working daily with birds, the edges of the wings should be smooth as a bird (and presumably a gryphon too) would preen the feathers so that the barbs and barbules were "zipped" together and that there wouldn't be any gaps in the feathers. Artistically it's boring to see a smooth edge, but aerodynamics calls for it. Even on an owl, only the outer edge of the feathers are fuzzy (allowing for its silent flight) but the rest of the feathers are zipped with no gaps.
Yeah...this is true! I had all the feathers cut out to look normal, but as you say, it's a bit artistically boring. But even the number of feathers is wrong as well. I think falcons have something like 22-24 primaries and secondaries per wing? This Gryphon only has 11.
But good catch on the feather breakage! Always cool to see someone who knows their birds!