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Very Basic Wing Tutorial by Thagirion Very Basic Wing Tutorial by Thagirion
This is certainly not my best and there are much better tutorials out there. I just wanted to throw something together quickly since some of my friends and I have been talking about how to draw wings. I promised :iconrollertroller699: I would do this.  I do plan to refine this over time.  So much was left out like aerodynamics, wings closed, wing poses and other things. I could go into feather anatomy alone and take up a good portion of the page just for types of feathers. But for now I focused on how to make the shapes and the feathers on wings. One of my pet peeves is upside down wings and people drawing undersides as top sides on birds, angels etc.  But this is a basic thing to just give you a feel of how to move your pencil or stylus. Yes I made it both a mix of digital and traditional. Already had the digital wings from an older drawing and traditional is faster and easier so there combination.  Another important thing to know and I see this mistake often is that people don't realize there is a membrane from the shoulder to the wrist that gives the wing its shape for lift.  Birds can't stretch their bones all the way like we can. We don't have membranes.  So they are never at full length, and there should never be an extra joint in the wing as though there were.  Elbow always points down, don't rip bird wings please.  I still hope to show things too like how feathers bend with wing beats.  But this is ok for now.  Will definitely go into scraps.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you like it.
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TheFourthGlowwing Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. Wow I'm glad you think so. Well hopefully I can find time to improve it.  Good that was the point to get the main points across on this. 

Ok great. I'm glad it will come in useful.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No prob. Glad it's helpful to you then. I'm glad you might be able to use it.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Gracias.  Como me gustaria haberlo hecho con mas detalle todavia porque  no di la leccion entera.  En el futuro lo expandare. No es necessario poner todas las plumas. No se quantas plumas tienen las alas y no las quento aparte del las primarias dependiendo de la especia.  Y todas las aves se pueden simplificar.  Como todo el arte es cosa de practica.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.  Just wanted to get some basics out since some friends had asked me questions.  I do too. It's tricky sometimes.  For me when I'm lazy it's easier to draw wings from underneath.  I'm glad you liked this.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome.  I'm glad you liked it.  I hope to have some time to make this right one day though.  I saw that on your profile.  When I learned that nasal bristles were a characteristic of Corvids I have always drawn them that way so they are correct.  As for the yellow well we've got cartoons to blame for that. The only exception I can think of is the Alpine Chough.  I'm lucky to have seen these cute birds in person.
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calzephyr Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful. I'm kind of embarrassed to have had birds all these years and draw them so much without thinking about the structure. I know I surely I have read about it before, but never put the information into practice.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No prob. Glad to help.  I'm glad you like it.  Having real birds to look at is very helpful. You can see how wings work and how they move.
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DraftHorseTrainer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool Wing Tutorial!
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks I'm glad you like it.
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DraftHorseTrainer Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome. :) :)
And i do!
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah sure. Ok I should be able to draw something up for that later on.   One bit of advice on closed wings. The primaries slip under the secondaries.  So they are on top, and the primaries poke out the back.  It's kind of like one of those folding hand fans.
Oh gosh yeah I've seen some terrible wings on angels.  I hate the angel wings in Darksiders and I've been watching Justice League and can't stand it when I see Hawk Girl.  The horror.  :XD:
Thanks. I'm glad you liked my tutorial.
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Colonel-Motivation Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I get it, I see it a lot anyway so I got that part. Sometimes the wings blend with the body on certain photos and its hard to see.
Hah, animations and some shows just favor size and form over proper anatomy. Sometimes it actually looks good and functional, but mostly not.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.  Awesome.  I hope it will be helpful.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I hope it will help you out.  I'd like to see that when you make it.
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SwordSparks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's so easy to make the mistake as under wings are so much easier to draw.  You just naturally want to complete the curve. I had to redraw the pigeon wing because I screwed that up on my own tutorial :roll:  But now it's right as that's an upper wing.  Glad I brought up an important point for you.  I do  hope this will help get people started. I do plan to add more to it or maybe once I fix this one up make it a two parter.
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Gamma-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember when I used to make the mistake back in 2014, it's so cringey to look at now. Surprisingly I find the tops of wings easier to draw these days, I'm not sure why. :XD: Well it's good you caught your mistake, since otherwise it wouldn't have been so helpful a tutorial. I hope so as well, I'll need to show this to people from time to time. It would be interesting to see you add mote pointers to this tutorial. 
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Funny enough I never noticed that. The only thing that used to bother me but you don't do anymore is not erase the guideline on the secondaries. I hated that and when I commissioned you for Phage I said no cheating on secondaries.  When I'm making sketches just for me and for fun I am lazy and draw everything as bottom wings.  For me it's easier to do one pencil stroke than to do the two arrows I show for top wings.  Top wings take more time and concentration for me. Luckily you're almost always looking up at bird wings so I don't draw them often, though all the pretty colors are usually on the top.  Yes I need to ink the traditional are and get rid of the hand written stuff for starters.  Then more does need to be added.  But I just felt a need to get this out already.
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Gamma-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol really? It bothers me so much now. :XD: I think that I stopped cheating after that commission with the feathers, I admit it bothers me too nowadays. The line art looks pretty messy to me so I'm glad I improved on that. I actually enjoy drawing the tops of wings more, plus they're more well defined on birds so I'm more confident I get them more or less correct. But then, that's just me and I can see why bottom wings would be easier for many. I'm glad you got this out in that case.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes that's when you stopped doing that.  I noticed the mop wings stamp is gone. I'll have to reupload that so it is not lost to the world.
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Gamma-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no I miss the mop stamp, it was glorious and very true. I hate when wings are drawn so poorly.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
If I really like a stamp I save it because they tend to vanish. I've only missed a few I regret not getting. So it will be back.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. I hope it will help.  I think falcon wings would be great. Falcons are more of fighters than eagles and they are nasty and can even take down huge eagles.
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RollerTroller699 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw a video of a falcon striking down an invading eagle in flight before so I think they are a great choice for Joan, because I actually see my version of her to be nearly as savage and violent as Pec himself, as she'll most often strike every weapon in her arsenal right into Pec's Face the same time Pec bites into her and thrashes Joan about like carnivorous mammal on a roll of newspaper. I've even been imagining a type of monstrous screech she would make as well.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh maybe we've seen the same one. I was going to show you one that was amazing.  Here's the one I've seen.
youtu.be/sx96Xyq3HdY
Ha, I can imagine that.  That would be great if you could find a roar or screech for her. I love figuring stuff like that out.
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RollerTroller699 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was an awesome video, I like the part where the eagle almost lands into the water due to that falcon, though I did not see this video before. I think it was actually a hawk in the one I saw and although I could not find it, I did find this one. 
youtu.be/Hpz66RYD110
Joan's screech would mostly consist of that similar to most birds of prey and she'll even scream it into Pec's face in the hopes of splitting his ear drums while being thrashed about.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It was amazing.  Yeah the eagle was freaking out and almost fell in the water.  Kept losing altitude. Good thing he escaped finally.  Ah I've seen that one.  They didn't finish filming. He hit the hawk hard but they didn't show what happened after that.  I don't think he died.  Was just hurt.
Funny enough most birds of prey have very wimpy whistle calls as their main sound.  Bald eagles and ospreys chirp.  Of course the red tail hawk is the famous screech you hear in all movies.  A pet peeve of mine because they gift that sound to almost any bird and even in the wrong countries. Same for bluejay.
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Karatefinch Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful, thank you for making it :)
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. I'm glad you like it.
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