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Bird Wings Tutorial by joanniegoulet Bird Wings Tutorial by joanniegoulet
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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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!
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thomas9173 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Student
How can you draw folded wings? 
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Professional
very nice 
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:iconfarsidejr:
farsidejr Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful to someone just starting out!
I only have one question: what do the wings look like from below?
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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This tutorial is very outdated.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. :)
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farsidejr Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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morgankingwarlord Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Do the feathers overlap each other?
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:iconjoanniegoulet:
joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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. :)
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kitade-death Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Nice tutorial! Exactly at the moemnt i need it the most!
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FaustShikari Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Easy, short and informative - amazing! Thanks a lot ;D
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Aspiring-Awesomeness Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesomely useful. Usefully awesome ;)
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Pokemonfreak01 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great help, thank you <3
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Flowerbush Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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megamasters11 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
could this also be used for wings on humans as well?
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:iconjoanniegoulet:
joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, it's the same principle! :)
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:iconmegamasters11:
megamasters11 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student General Artist
sweet! thank you for lettin me know! this is a great help!
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candylabrum Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thanks this really helped :)
I have trouble drawing feathery wings.
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad I could help!
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LadyFabcurly Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So useful!
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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! :)
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LadyFabcurly Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok! Thank you so! 
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mayconXBR Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student
good.
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Mer0z Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Really cool I'm going to bookmark this and send it to all my friends (that would care :D)
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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puneary Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for both of your wing tutorials!
I've always had trouble with wings, but not any more :D

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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Thank you for your kind words!
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EveeGirl120 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
So neat, thanks for posting this! It helped me a lot
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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saxsui Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanx dude, this is so useful
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randomfreakygothgirl Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is really helpful! <3
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it!
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FollowingShadows Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Artist
This is AMAZING! Thank you! I've been trying to draw an angel character for weeks, but I could never do the wings.
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad I was able to help!
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KurtRexCooper Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I am sculpting some wings, which requires me to draw them first. I wad wondering what I was getting wrong ( the 3 parts). Thax.
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Kaiidumb Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
uh.... i am drawing a dragon and its funny cause the wings that say NO! are the exact wings i want .-.
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it's for realistic wings but no one said you can't draw stylized one! :) What's important is having fun and loving what you draw!
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Kaiidumb Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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DiraStudio Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh thanks! It's great and useful
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PhoenixWormwood137 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry, mis-commented. It was this drawing. [link]
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Brenarabus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Beautiful! *-*
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PhoenixWormwood137 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
used this as a reference for this drawing. [link] THANK YOU SO MUCH.
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Yalmoyed Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the tut...
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pagangirl1986 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely tutorial! I found one typo: #2 on the top right, ou instead of out.
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ElijahRenard Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
awesome work :)
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flipfloppingotaku Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Very useful, this has always been a problem for me and it's nice to have it explained.
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Hevflynia Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks you <3
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:icondeadblanket:
DeadBlanket Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
This is great! Very useful!
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johanirae Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Thanks man, jst what I needed!
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Kid-Tarakona Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is pretty good, but my question is, how would you draw a wing's structure when it's folded in and not spread out?
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WindShadow55 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Thank You veery much! ^^ I'll try draw something with wings xD
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