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Bird Wing Tutorial by TheAntimonyElement Bird Wing Tutorial by TheAntimonyElement
Ta-da! :D Finally! You peeps requested this, like, AGES ago, and here it is! Hope you learn something! :heart: Please don't be scared off by its length, I just talk a lot. ;P

I browsed a bit through dA and I couldn't find a tutorial on bird wings that really covered it ALL--from bones to wing shapes and feather groups. All the tuts I found seemed to assume that you were starting with some basic knowledge of how bird wings worked. I don't know if you are, so here's one that works from the ground up! :)

Yes, this is based off the tutorial style of the incomparable :iconalexds1: (Go read her tutorials on drawing humans; I promise you will learn something!) because I feel that it's a very clear and dynamic way to show people stuff. So yeah.

Other Stuff:
Interesting web sites, if you want to learn more:
[link] --Explore this site some--it has some really cool interactive stuff. Also that game! XD My bobolink always gets eaten halfway through.
[link] --some more in-depth stuff on the physics involved. :)
[link] --lots of info on wing shape and purpose!

Great reference books:
-Birds of Prey: Majestic Masters of the Skies by Paul D. Frost--glorious, two-page spreads full of raptor close-ups. :D My copy is much loved.
-Raptors of the World by James Ferguson-Lees and David A. Christie--what need I say? :heart:
-Reader's Digest Book of North American Birds -- beautifully illustrated, with cool tidbits of information about all the birds.

...and I don't want to hear that you don't have the money to buy books. Libraries need love too, and there is one near you--go get to know it! :D

All photos that are not from Wikipedia were taken by me. The canada goose picture was found here: [link] and the peregrine falcon here: [link] .

Phew. That was rather exhausting (and hopefully exhaustive! :D) so I hope you enjoy and appreciate! Wings are gorgeous; do them justice! :heart: :heart: :heart:

Also: :iconchezem: has a wonderful gallery full of images of birds in flight--go check it out, it's a great reference! :) Thanks to :iconankewehner: for suggesting it.

:EDIT: HOMFG A DD THANK YOU SO MUCH :iconchimeradragonfang: and :iconfantasystock: !!!!!!
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Given 2010-12-01
Suggester's words: Well-illustrated, explained and organized, plus a dash of humour makes Bird Wing Tutorial by ~TheAntimonyElement one really good tutorial. ( Suggested by ChimeraDragonfang and Featured by FantasyStock )
Zadric1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2019
this is a really helpful :D
AuttumntheGuardian Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Student Artist
You are a hero. The best wing tutoriel i've ever found! Funny, interesting, educational, it's just perfect!
Midday-Mew Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018   General Artist
Which category of wings listed in section 2 of this tutorial do scarlet macaw wings fall under?
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 6, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Scarlet macaw wings are short-ish and broad, because they have to navigate through dense jungle when the fly. :) 
Midday-Mew Featured By Owner May 7, 2019   General Artist
Thanks! ^^
Pushdug Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this tutorial years ago, when I first joined dA. I keep going back to it year after year, because it's so darn good. Informative, correct, easy to understand, full of good tips and tricks. Thank you for making it! :heart:
BrokenFin369 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Student Writer
Oh my gosh you don't know how much this helps. I'm on a quest to correctly draw angel wings.
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear it! 
pokemonsonicgirl123 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful. I've only drawn an avian, but I can definitely use this for ref.
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad! :) 
NinjaSquid42 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a really nice and informative post! Thanks for making this, I'm going to use it to help draw my bird OCs from now on!
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent! :) 
FireHeartDraws Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou so much for this tutorial. :D  
Wings are my favorite anatomy to draw, but also one of the hardest.  this will really help me. ^^
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear it! :) 
A-Bright-Idea Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks for sharing this with me! :D
FireHeartDraws Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are most welcome. this is the best wing tutorial I have ever seen. ^^
Only down side is that I cant seem to get it to zoom in properly when looking at it outside of this Deviant page.   But at least we got access to it here. ^^

Speaking of which, here ya go :iconhelmie-d:  You may find use of this too. XD
Helmie-D Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best tutorial indeed. I read it through a few times, there's so many thing to pay attention to! Practice is key here, for all of us ^^
FairestMoss Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
I realize this is ages old, but... Seriously, thank you so much for this. It's such a pain in the ass to get everything to fully make sense in my head, and not only is this wonderful information but the added humor in it makes it a lot easier to keep going.

The one thing I'd argue you didn't really add in here is the full range of "shoulder" movement.
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear it was helpful for you! 

Honestly, this is so old now, I might make an updated version at some point... ^^; 
FairestMoss Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018
Haha, I was wondering a bit about that when I saw the date. ^^ If you ever do, I'd love to know about it!
W0lfpup Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this was made 7 years ago but its soooo helpful 
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
AngelicDragonPuppy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly helpful and I thank you for making it. I feel like such a goober for never noticing the front wing / back wing differences before!
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Believe me, when I finally noticed it, so did I! XD 
Neo-Zander Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep coming back to this tutorial! Some of the best reference material for drawing wings ever. Excellent and insightful work. Cheers!
OshieK Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is very helpful and insightful! Thank you for making this tutorial, it's extremely helpful. And, i'm pretty sure i shall be using it the next time i decided to draw something with wings. ;P
revirag Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
This is great! Thank you :)
YellowLuckyPig Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have question is there dragon tutorial somewhere, if anyone reads this post do send me the links, any kind of dragons, I take pretty much angel wings tutorials I trying to design a many wing backed human -> is my objective.  dragons I have yet to get be very possible.
LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Professional General Artist

This is me before your tutorial: baffledmeow 
This is me after: la in love 

Now I hate wings a little less! Thanks for this great tutorial. This helps me out SO much in my next project 
Chica247 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow this was a big help :0
Buttergriffin332 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No one here realizes how happy I was when I saw the tiny griffin in there!!!

I'll be looking at this a lot for my art
CureRougefan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Very helpful!
Capsura Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Flynn-Fletcher4ever Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Student
nice one. thanks for the tutorial:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin)  
PersonaThief Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This is a fantastic tutorial, and I just HAD to thank you! My wings have gone from:…

to… and…

All thanks to going over your tutorial (and practice) a buncha times!
sunziana Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
great tutorial
MayneStreet Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CatchLite Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This is an outstanding tutorial on wings, feathers and more! Very informative and fun to read as well. I've learned so much from this :D
HazelLeaf04 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped me so much! (The wings on the character I was drawing were giving me more trouble than the actual character does in the story she's in.) 😄 Thanks for this!
SilverStarStrike Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! I really want to improve on wing anatomy. >.<
chinmoy808 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great on getting dromaeosaur wings. What's that? You're confused? Well, DINOSAURS HAD FEATHERS!
DoSkippy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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duckchoo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so informative and it's very helpful.
bluesonic1 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this so much, thank you for making it :heart: (Aaaand I just looked at your username and realised you're a DC artist, very cool! :XD:)
Shade-Neko Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
I love you for this, thanks mate!!
Starbronze Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the most helpful thing I have come across on Deviant Art. Ever. Before and after my account. Kermit the staring frog 
before this I just drew spike feather stuff that i couldn't figure out what was wrong with. I came across this tutorial by comment stalking (surprise) and it changed my life forevaaaahrainbow cry 

ImmaGoddamPony Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for this omg
I think I got an affection erection from this like, I love love love reading about birds and understanding them more. This tutorial is so detailed and so interestingly fun. Good job!
gypsy0511 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial has been extremely helpful. I'm definitely going to recommend it to friends!
ChocolateWolfCat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
This was an awesome tutorial <3 
This also helped me with drawing wings, since I love Pegasuses... pegasai? .-.
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