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Realistic Wing Tutorial II by windfalcon Realistic Wing Tutorial II by windfalcon
Realistic Wing Tutorial II - Half-Closed Wing as Viewed from Above

After many requests, threats, begging, and bribing :D I have finally found the time to complete the promised second tutorial. This will show you how to draw realistic, half-closed wings from a top view. If you're looking for a tutorial to draw those ribbony or furry wings, then go look somewhere else. ;P This is for people who want to draw wings that will actually lift their creature off the ground.

To view the tutorial, click on 'full view.' If that doesn't work, click 'download to desktop.'

Other Tutorials:
Realistic Wing Tutorial I: Open wing as viewed from below.
Feather Tutorial I: Colored Pencil
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:iconelementaljess:
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe it took me so long to find your tutorial o.O
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NinjaFerret22 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I plan on starting to draw birds soon and this really helps. Thanks alot :hug:
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Melodie-Medolie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist
uhh o-o thanks for it
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:iconblugras77:
blugras77 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I'm in awe...beautifully (and, thoughtfully) drawn!
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:iconfirestrong:
Firestrong Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous. I've been needing to learn how to draw wings the proper way. Thank you for this!!!!
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:iconchame-su:
chame-su Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i'm starting to practice wings with this tutorial ^^ thanks for the info here :DD
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:iconteamayu:
TeamAyu Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Pretty realistic. Now I need to find a coloring tutorial for this wing. A detail and realistic one (especially crows wing, their beautiful sheen wings feather when hit by sunlight is mesmerizing) in Photoshop.
Thank you for sharing this ^-^
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ValentinaIos Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
This may seem kinda weird saying this, but I'm kinda new to this site. :P how do you view the tutorial?
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
If you click "download" on the right it should open up the full file. :)
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despoteos Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find this a very helpful tutorial, and I can see all the pictures in full view, but why is it that I see only one picture in normal view...? :P
And how do you do that? :)
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I uploaded this about 5 years ago, when DA's upload setup was a bit different. Now, I'm not sure how you would have a different 'preview' image as opposed to the 'download' image.
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:iconpeacetomomo:
peacetomomo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Wow, this looks really nice... Do you draw anything other than wings? :3
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course! :) But wings are one of my favorite subjects.
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:iconpeacetomomo:
peacetomomo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Cool! Your wing drawings are fantastic! :) They look extremely realistic :D Do you edit it with Photoshop?
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Khalipse Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this tutorial on my OC
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lover-of-the-Drow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Oh I like how you do wings! I might put this to use next time I draw my winged characters - try to get the feathers placed better :3
I've thought about doing a tutorial for how I draw wings but I have to know how to draw them well first - and yours is better then Mine would be :wink:
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DraconisMortis Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Huge thanks for that tutorial ^^
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LupaSenzaLuna Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! Thanks a lot for this tutorial, it helped me so much! Especially for this: [link]

... well, I have to improve my art. A lot. :blush:

Thanks again!!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! And good job :D
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:iconblack-cat16:
black-cat16 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Your tutorial is just perfect, it helped me a lot!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad!
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Slayer-1412 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Student General Artist
I've always had trouble with that, thanks for making this tutorial :clap:
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:iconaonalion:
Aonalion Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student General Artist
Great work! This is really helpful! :)
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NicoleBarber Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Finally! someone who actually knows what a real wing looks like is making a tutorial! It's good to see someone who actually knows what they're talking about doing a tutorial. *Bows down to you* Thank you!
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LORD-AND-MASTER-KIK Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
your tutorial help me so very much i tank you so much for makeing this =__= if not the fail wings would ruin my moms whole tattoo pic
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! I'm glad it helped. :D Good luck with your mom's tattoo!
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LORD-AND-MASTER-KIK Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 ty
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Grumpy-Old-Diamond Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Oh, and I know I already commented but I just remembered something else.

How much do you want me to alter it to be able to consider the work I do my own? I'm already planning on changing the posture quite a bit, and obviously the feathers are going to be different. The image will not contain the entire wing, just the base where it joins the body and part of the rest. And, as already said, it'll be metal. Is there anything else you want me to do?
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Grumpy-Old-Diamond Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Thank you veeeeerry much. I can finally get around to drawing my character now... :D

Any tips on how to make it look like it's made of metal? Besides color? They'd help a lot. Or not, you may have never tried it either.
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RokaShotar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
This will help me a lot. Thank you!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! :)
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zefiraelRain Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks good, and helpful, thanks!
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zephyrwolfen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
"This is for people who want to draw wings that will actually lift their creature off the ground." Priceless. Fantastic turorial, and although stylised wings are OK, I HATE those silly "furry" wings. Unless of course the creature is meant to be flightless. Sorry if I offended anyone, but it's true! You are amazing btw!
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Inthemindofsarah Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
thanks for the stock =]

used it here: [link]

and here: [link]
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I think there's been some confusion - this is not stock, but it is a tutorial. The main category is "Resources and Stock Images" and my tutorial falls under the 'resources' portion of that.

That said, this image is copyrighted and may not be used in other works. I would ask that you please remove the work (or at least the wing portions), as those wings are not stock and may not be used as such. If you wish to draw your own wings based on the tutorial though, then that's fine. :) Thanks for your understanding.
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Inthemindofsarah Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Oh.
ok. sorry.
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student General Artist
Great tutorial :) Nice job explaining everything, and I never realized the secondaries were above the primaries from the top view, so thank you for pointing that out.

:+fav:
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coreanseoul Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
Great and helpful wing tutorial.. very simple and the explanations are clear. ^^
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bjs1990peregrine Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once again, thank you for this fantastic tutorial! I like how you've taken it step by step, giving helpful pointers along the way. Thank you for all three of your tutorials (feather, wing from bottom, and this one.) Very, very nice!

~ bjs1990peregrine
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! I'm glad it could help. :)
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:iconpseudonaeem:
pseudonaeem Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Yay. Even for fantasy characters, I think i like your realistic wings better than most 'cool' wings. Very helpful this is :clap:
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Shauntinasha Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
FINALLY. A tutorial that actually helps me so my wings turn out well. :D Will use this in the future, thank you so much! :D
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:iconlordofguitar:
lordofguitar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
thank u so much for this tutorial:hug:
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xwolftriggerx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Student General Artist
thankies thankies thankies, I need this help thankies sooooo much for making this
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bananamarch Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Student
thanks so much for this! : D i needed it, ha.
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Catmunk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
thank you
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DaphneArgent Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Really useful!! thank you very much *_*
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BlueFlamedPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Woot! One of the best wing tuts I've seen. Very onformative :clap:
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shy-fox Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much for uploading this tutorail ^^
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I hope it helped! :)
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