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Bird Wings Tutorial

EDIT: This is a very old thing and my grasp on anatomy at the time wasn't as good as it is today. I leave online because I think there's still some useful things in it but I recommend you check out other tutorials as well to complement this one. I really want to update it someday.

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Arista-from-my-book's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

This is a very helpful post. I know that it will definitely help me in the future with some character profiles I'm actually drawing out.
This presents the information in a great manner. Not too wordy, easily understood, tasteful. The drawings aren't overdetailed, but just enough so to give the idea of what has been drawn. To show the point and differences in what you should work towards, and what looks awkward. I'm glad that someone thought to create this so that there wouldn't be so many awkward wings out there (hopefully). Thank you for this lovely form of spreading information!
Flowerbush's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Please don't mind me, I'm going to go backwards and type a hunk of text! But truly this tutorial is getting what it deserves! Plus, this is my first critique, so...
~Mango Dolphin

I find this rather helpful with my artwork, to be honest. I already knew about the basics, but I never knew about pointed feathers nor short pointed feathers. Truly the technique shows me that I've been proven wrong, and with me drawing an ancient bird-like Pokemon, this helps so much along with the proper research. What I should have done was short feathers inside along with the long feathers outside.
What I've learned greatly impacts my artwork and will probably take a huge role in what I draw in the future; so what I'm going to put in for Impact is probably right;
IMPACT: 6 5 / 5

Although I've done it once or twice without realizing it, knowing that wings fan out helps with the posture and realism with drawing bird wings in the future. Along with mentioning the types of feathers helps along with this, and amateur artists like myself realize that if we pursue the line of mixed or realistic art, we should be going with a more common approach at times if we search for realistic instead of 'pretty'. Plus, helps tell us that blue jays don't have pointed feathers in reality- rather, short and square feathers that fan out.
The steps are quick and pretty much to the point; showing us effective techniques and sketching that can be used to effectively draw animals.
Oddly enough, I feel that there should be more to this, but this is primarily my hunch and I feel you've elaborated the basics. So for Technique, I give you;

Originality; basically just me comparing and contrasting this to other tutorials. From what I've seen, this tutorial takes a simple and basic approach, and doesn't look like another. But obviously, tutorials don't exactly look like one another side by side. However, techniques are usually displayed in the same way as yours, and although you give us proper information and some don't, there are the others that have more detail and give correct facts as well. Sorta average, to be honest, but still tells us the right things.

Psssh, I don't even know what they mean by vision, but I'll try to pretend anyways.
The artistic vision of this is basic, but helps some of us wonder what we can do with this. Sorta alongside with Impact, but eh. Best I've got.
Helps us understand the basics, so indeed brings us the vision of wonderful things we can do with the help of this tutorial, but some have more impact to create. So...
VISION: 3.5 / 5

FINAL SCORE: 16.5 / 20
This thing is above average and you should be proud.
thomas9173's avatar
How can you draw folded wings? 
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farsidejr's avatar
Very helpful to someone just starting out!
I only have one question: what do the wings look like from below?
joanniegoulet's avatar
Hello! I'm sorry I took so long to reply. I've been pretty much inactive on DA lately.

To answer your question, the look of the wing on top and under are very similar, just inverted. There's also less fluff on the underside.
This tutorial is very outdated. I made it when I thought I knew what I was talking about (lol!) and badly need to be updated.

I suggest that you look up some photo reference on google images. It's a great complement to tutorials.
I hope I've been able to help you, even if I'm so late. :)
farsidejr's avatar
It's fine! :D

I've looked at other tutorials for help as well as studied the birds at the local zoo, so I have a good enough idea at how to draw wings for what I'm using it for.

I mainly took your base wing skeleton for holding the wing shape in your tutorial.
... That was weird to put into words. Eh...

Thanks for the help!
morgankingwarlord's avatar
Do the feathers overlap each other?
joanniegoulet's avatar
Hello! I should really update this tutorial someday. It's really outdated with what I can do today! Yes, feathers on a bird wing do overlap. Looking from above, the feathers at the end off the wings are always slightly under the ones nearer the base of the wing. It give individual feathers more strength during the downward push. :)
kitade-death's avatar
Nice tutorial! Exactly at the moemnt i need it the most!
FaustShikari's avatar
Easy, short and informative - amazing! Thanks a lot ;D
Aspiring-Awesomeness's avatar
Awesomely useful. Usefully awesome ;)
Pokemonfreak01's avatar
great help, thank you <3
Flowerbush's avatar
This is absolutely lovely :>

I couldn't resist but write a critique about your work on this. Just so helpful and inspirational I thought I'd take a leap of faith and tell ya how I really feel 'bout this piece of basic wonders.
megamasters11's avatar
could this also be used for wings on humans as well?
joanniegoulet's avatar
Sure, it's the same principle! :)
megamasters11's avatar
sweet! thank you for lettin me know! this is a great help!
candylabrum's avatar
wow thanks this really helped :)
I have trouble drawing feathery wings.
joanniegoulet's avatar
I'm glad I could help!
joanniegoulet's avatar
I'm glad you like it. However I must warn you: I did it at a time when I tough I knew the right anatomy of a bird's wing but now I can see that it's very flawed. I suggest you look at other tutorials too to complement this one! :)
LadyFabcurly's avatar
Ok! Thank you so! 
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