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Thoughts on Wings by Uzlo Thoughts on Wings by Uzlo
So, I did a little wing thing (Or, I did this a long time ago but never bothered to upload it). I'm no wing-major, but I thought it was funny to do and that perhaps someone would appreciate it considering how effing difficult it is to draw wings...

So, here's to all of you who care! : D

Mattias, the main model of this little tutorial-thing, is mine. His wings aren't that rainbow-ish (They look like the orange-brownish plumage one of the miniature wingpairs). It's for the sake of clarity!

Enjoy! Or something.

Edit: D....DD? ;___; *tears of Joy* Thank yoooou!

And since everyone ask me, all the time: No, I have not read Maximum ride.
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Thoughts on Wings by *AuroraCarina-chan is almost an anatomy class about fantastic winged creatures. Every detail is very well explained and put in a way that is easy to understand. ( Suggested by Raulzito2112 and Featured by shelldevil )
chaolids Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018   Traditional Artist
I love how you explain the anatomy and the folding! It really helped me with drawung wings more realisticly!
Keep up the awsome work! ;)
lunamoon303 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LB-Lee Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Professional General Artist
Found this a long time ago, and it made a big enough impression that I came and tracked it down ages later to fix structural issues with a cover I'm doing.  Thanks much!
praxcrown5 Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!  The cute sketches between tutorial bits was a great touch. :D

foxxheart-chan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(sorry for menioning maximum ride) while reading MR, they mention that they can fold their wings and put some clothes on and WHOOP look like normal people. my nine year old self who already had an image on how big wings should be when folded just yelled bullshit and threw the book on my bed
Mistyswirl Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Lol saaaame! I mean, c'mon James Patterson! And don't get me started on all the loose plot-ends in the second series.....
foxxheart-chan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh gods, yeah.... *shivers*
rory-amy-pond Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much this was really helpful ive been looking for info on wings. i always thought wings on people was a cool concept
LittleClouds45 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful. Thanks!
DragonsNeedToEat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
This was really interesting xD Thanks!
Lulullia Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017
Thank you ! This very help me and I will train and draw wings again and again to really have the tip ! 
StupidCupidMusic Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Hobbyist
this was very helpful thank you
ZephyrForArt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!! Just WOW
This is really helpful for a project I'm working on!
Padriac85 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is... AMAZING.
Most amazingly detailed, yet simple tutorial on a mythical creature's anatomy. Why can't instruction books be as easy to understand as this?
Thank you! From someone who always has trouble (for some weird reason) assimilating information from 'teaching books'.
This is excellent!
sm0lmiscreati0n Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I've been having so much trouble with this XD
xselenecx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017
Thank you for this. I have been having trouble drawing wings and this has helped a lot. Good explanation. :)
Izzy870 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017
Imagine how hyper the people with hummingbird wings would be...
Evan-Harrey Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Student General Artist
thank you very much :D
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
Beautiful work
The-Keen Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have advice on measuring wings? Like knowing how big they should be for a person's height, and how to show the equivalent for folding wings and wings that are spread out?
seionara Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Look up a thing called wing loading, the usual for birds is 1-20kg/m3 but it can be as big as 25kg/m2 (which is considered the upper limit for bird flight), in more imperial measurements the upper limit is 5.1lbs/squft and the more usual measurements along the lines of  0.20–4.10lbs/squft. It needn't work out 100% if you can't manage to get it quite to the right proportionality but it should probably not be too of if you're aiming for realism.
You figure out the square by drawing a picture that's as exact as possible and then using the height of a character as a guide (percentages can come in handy especially with metric measurements, just take the equivalent of on metre in your picture as 100% and then calculate how much percent your measurements are, the percentage is equivalent to the cm) and proceed as you were taught in school (it can be annoying and take a long time with unusual wing forms and don't forget to take both wings into account).
Then you get the approximate weight of your character (BMI calculators are your friend,try and take into account anatomical changes that may change it up like long tails or said wings or down like light bones, huge lungs and airsacs, also don't forget about organs when making characters, they are important) and divide it through the surface area of the wing (m2 or feet squared, depending on your measurement) and you have it.
If it's really off you may need to shift/shuffle things around a bit if you're going for realism/semi-realism and not very cartoony.
There's also a quite detailed crash course (thehehe~) over here and a few things on wing type and such, it's technically a blog for dragons but angels-being six limbed, fantastical creatures that we need to get airborne somehow-are close enough for all that information to still be relevant.…

Some other potentially useful stuff for working with your angels.…… (the lower part because wing shapes)

For folding, same thing, measure and fold, to make sure all sections stay the same length (needn't be as exact as with the calculations so just use rule of thumb). Also, look at how wings overlap when folded and how they fold (joints!!!). I have a few good tutorials I could pull up.
A very good and clear explaination:
Bird Wing Tutorial by TheAntimonyElement
Possibly not quite as clear but making a good point about posing.
TUTORIAL: Wings for Dragons by SammyTorres
The-Keen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful. Thank you so much. I still have a lot to figure out with calculation and how far I'm willing to go, but this helps a lot. I didn't think I'd get such a detailed response filled with this much information. I really appreciate all of this.
seionara Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. I was once in your place and in need of so much information with nowhere to really start and no idea what was good advice and what wasn't so now that I do have quite a collection of good resources I feel like I need to give a hand with this if I can. Still, if in doubt double or triple check, f-nodragonart is generally a pretty good resource but a lot of people and even otherwise good artists often get it wrong if it's not something they focus on.
If you need advice on humans I'd recommend Sycra on youtube.
The-Keen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been checking out (and enjoying) all the resources you've given me so far and have been looking into their other works, and I've also been a subscriber to Sycra for a while now as well. Now I just gotta get back into drawing, but after looking at your resources, I'm pretty inspired to just dump a bunch of wing sketches onto paper. I'll be sure to keep your advice in mind. It's pretty rare that I get this much assistance out of nowhere. Love 
MemosNiceSide Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Who needs a six pack when you can have a four pack chest? xD (Scary thought: Imagine a seraphim with his four or even six wings. He would literally have a six pack over his six pack)

But seriously that is quite a helpful tutorial. Especially love the different colored feather sections. It makes it so much easier to understand how feathers work. :heart:
MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner May 30, 2017   General Artist
Thank you for providing this tutorial – it was fun to read :). Oh, and helpful information was also there ;)
fishpop Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Hobbyist
This was SUPER helpful!! Thank you so much!!! ^_^
starlight-firelight Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Student General Artist
WELL, READ MAXIMUME RIDE NOW! i don't agree with some of the wingey-stuff in there, but whatever. matt is pretty.
starlight-firelight Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Student General Artist
this is amazing you're so helpful i'm happy-crying
Vale-n-Tina Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Student
Incredibly helpful, thank you very much :)
Lonestarnoctus123 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Student
I happen to have a race of winged people called skylings  in the graphic novel I'm working on. This is a very nice reference! :D
Lamerez Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! ...Thank you so much.
javidrowned Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Bless yourself!! Thanks to you now I can understand way better how to draw wings :D
MadSk3tch Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017
Haha! I totally understand all of this!

Every time I draw anthromorphics with wings, I always treat the wings like an extra set of arms. When I first drew wings, I would actually use Machamp (Pokémon) as a reference.
SilverFables Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
binjiarts Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this post is a blessing ngl
CP-CreepyKitty Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017   Traditional Artist
very interesting
ADoodlingpotato Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! I love this soo much!! (makes me want a pair of wings lol)
vendoth Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
Interesting very easy too understand thank you for sharing.
CMWyvern Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This is super helpful! Thank you! 
KrazyKitty304 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist
This is awesome!
TotallyNotAYandere Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have two types of winged people in my fictional world, people with magical, summonable wings, and people with regular birds wings, but huge. This really helps for that second type.
Marril96 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you! :)
HybridTheEevee Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the idea of the wings replacing the arms on a human.
ameoname Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
XD nice! to be honest I just WING IT when drawing my raven people :p nevertheless a very useful tutorial *faves 'n saves*
xelianthought Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Amazing and very help, thanks!
ShandrisCZ Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you! This is so helpful, you have no idea, thanks! :3
CYoma Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Brilliant! I LOVE that you took a logical and anatomic look upon putting wings on human-like species!
DBW-TigerBeth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
ArtMeister501 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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