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Wing Tutorial by windfalcon Wing Tutorial by windfalcon
For all of you who would like to know how to draw better wings, may I present to you, the wing tutorial.

Since this only covers the extended underwing, I will most likely do another wing tutorial, for the half-closed upperwing (kill two birds with one stone, no pun intended :sarcasm: ).

This also has a tiny area explaining how to do feathers. Not as many little jokes, as with the last tutorial, but hopefully it's informative.

Also, since there were some people who didn't know how to view my last tutorial, to view this, click the little down-arrow beneath the image (the 'download' arrow) and it will open the whole thing.

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hopegrace30 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
Is there a link that I can click on? can't seem to see the tutorial. 
Kagemaru--Tsukiyo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! Thanks to your help I was finally able to draw the wings I needed for my character. Thank you!
HellVegeta Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! A very good tutorial imo!
Chaotic-Raze Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't think I can even explain how helpful this was for me!
I love how you explained everything perfectly!
Although, I do have one question. I've searched it as well, but I couldn't find a good enough / clear answer. What are the notches?
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The notches are the areas of the first four primary feathers (the biggest, longest feathers on the edge of the wing) that are thicker than the 'fingers' of the feather. When the bird flaps its wings down, it helps the feathers 'lock' and give the bird lift.
Chaotic-Raze Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Okay, thanks so much.
GreenCupcakee Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was actually very helpful for me when trying to draw wings somewhat realistically. I could never before understand what the wings would look like and mine would always turn off looking weird in some way shape or form.

Thank you so much for doing this! This is the best wing-representation I've found so far! (:
Affyre Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Out of all the wing tutorials I find this one the most helpful! Thank you so much for making it!
halcon2020 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the tutorial!;u;
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your resource has been featured in this article here - [link] as part of our Project Educate Stock & Resources Week Contest Inspirations! :hug:
TeamAyu Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Blockbeap Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial. It helped me a bunch! :dummy:
ChachiTonks Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brillliant and insanely useful <333
Maiowin Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll do this later for a tattoo my boyfriend wants.
Thanks a lot!!!!
Khalipse Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hey can you please make a closed wing tutorial? :P
Dibbs0nJasperxx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
wow this tutorial helped me soo much!!!! thank you for posting it
MackieUchiha Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful...I'm drawing a Max Ride OC.
Sacredjazz Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Thank you VERY much.
Your instructions are so helpful!
Orion-M-42 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tutorial, very helpful.
used it in this gift art [link]
Zechira Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I never can draw feathers right on wings. This will definitely be of help to me. :D
Slayer-1412 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: it makes sense!
etherealstyle Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
irathray Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to make it! :+favlove:
Silver-winds Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
thank you for making this :)
S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
After wading through a frustrating number of 'how to draw wings' tutorials featuring the flight-useless (without magic) wings, with helter skelter placement of feathers and underlying structure born of lovecraft this is a breath of fresh air and a lot more useful.

I've been using the draw-the-bones first method to get shape right for years but the way you break down feather placement makes it very understandable. Thank you for posting this.
windfalcon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very glad to hear you found it helpful. :) I, too, was frustrated with all the tutorials teaching how to draw wings, which ended up being the structureless variety that were based more in design than functionality.
S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
I just don't like how they're presented xD I mean you have to have a basic understanding of how something like that works before going into duplicating it, unless you want to look ridiculous to people who actually ARE familiar with the structure.

It's like all the kids that have taught themselves how to draw anatomy SOLELY by looking at manga/western comics... the end result just isn't right.
shimmer-dragon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
This has come in very handy :)
Defonthana Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
hm i like that tutorial....but i think the wing is a bit...hmm how could i say...I think the primarys COULD be a bit longer? but its a personal thing i think. ^^ also funny that a hawk-wings is drawn with a falcon sitting below..xDD
bjs1990peregrine Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... One tool, a thousand uses. Thank you for creating this lovely wing tutorial. I think I learned a bucket-full of information right here!
And now to put it to good use...

~ bjs1990peregrine
Sepla Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you chose to use a hawks wing, because thats exactly what I have to draw! Thank you so much! This tutorial has really helped my understand the structure better! Your very smart!
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I feel hawk wings represent wing structure better than a lot of other birds when it comes to the type of wings people want when drawing winged fantasy creatures angels, pegasi, etc. I'm glad you found it useful!
Sepla Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh, yeah your right! Hawk wings do suit fantasy creatures best! XD
Charbus Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
this will be so helpful!
ShadowCat950 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
This is awesome, I could've used this ages ago.
sindre-sol Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008   Traditional Artist
great tutorial :love:
you have made medraw bether wings :D
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad! :D
SlayerTerraBrei Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
um...are you going to do another tutorial on how to do a half open wing from below?

this is really helpful for when i need to do open wings, but i recently find myself dong half closed with the bottom...long...feathers flowing back towards to shoulder area. not sure if that makes sense, these wings are on angels....

thanks! (oh, i love the feather tutorial!)
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I've done a half-open wing from above, [link] but I have no plans on doing a half-open wing from below since the rules to the wing from above apply to the wing from below, except reversed. From below, the 'top feather' would be the one furthest from the body, and the primaries would slide in front of the secondaries when closing. :)
SlayerTerraBrei Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
ah. ok. thank you
Tristan-the-Dreamer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Brill. Thank you so much, I didn't even know primaries from secondaries!
withmywolflove Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
I know that you did this FOREVER ago but I still enjoy this one and part 2! and I shall fav. them!!

Thanks for putting this up, it is very helpful, I'm really bad at wings and have been looking for ways to improve because I like the more realistic wing types and to me, they is kinda hard to do.
Icalasari Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008

My speciality is sketching birds, as I do them so much that I have developed a knack for them. However, three things that always get me are:
1) The Wing (I used to just put feathers randomly)
2) The Legs (To be specific, how to attach them)
3) The Head (To be specific, the beak. God, that thing sometimes defies explanation on my drawings. ONLY thing that I regularly screw up! Heck, I even manage to pull off making feathers completely random most of the time!)

Still, this kills one of my three birds. Thanks! And if you ever consider doing a beak tutorial, PLEASE cover how to make it connect properly with the head. I have to redraw the head around the beak to get it to even look relatively right
Vindr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This was lots of fun to do.

lyingfawn Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
well... it's gonna kill my hand to follow this tutorial but it shall be worth it!!! :D thanks for making this though, i struggle with wings ^^;
CatwingClaws Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This really helps, thanks for makin' it! :+fav:
WolfTraveller Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
love the tutorial, and the little humor as well
RikaArtistic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
This should help as well as the other wing tutorial of yours. 83 I just gotta remember the whole "top" feather thingy. I should probably write down notes. xD

But anyways, this should really help me! ^^ Glad I looked at this!
Xeridanus Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
i need this for drawing a character of mine for an RPG i'm playing. i get bonus points if i put effort into drawing my char which just happens to be part bird. this is awesomely what i want. your description of the wing as an arm is actually quite accurate. they have 5 "fingers" but the proportions are way different.

i was wondering if you know of any decent tutes for the other parts of a bird, namely the head (preferably a falcons) and talons/legs. although i think i might be able to get talons/legs by myself. or if you don't know of any off hand (here comes the big ask) could you please write some?
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