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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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Given 2010-10-31
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 )
RedRosehood Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Holy Cow! Thank you so much for the humming bird wings flying my oc Sun has  Cuban Bee Hummingbird wings and I couldn't for nothing draw her flapping wings! Now I can Thanks 100 Times!
WolfCrestSox5X Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect!!!! Thank you!!!
Dakknay-Sade Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
This is an awesome tutorial! Thank you so much!!
CMoonToon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Onjii Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for this!
Synn0Nihm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pavelvon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Exactly what I need! Brilliant! Thanks a lot.
WildWithin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You put a lot of thought into this! It's really cool!
Sanhanian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for doing this, it's very helpful
Runewife Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Very nicely done, extremely helpful, and beautifully imagined.  

It's all about the wings.
iNeyraei Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student General Artist
How do you think wings and bra straps would work? Would the bra have to be modified in order for it to fit comfortably or is it possible for one to wear a regular bra?
Mabelbird Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for the useful tutorial! 
marianne-art Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, this is absolutly great and really helpfull since I'm writing a Supernatural fanfiction focusing on angels and wings stuff. So, do you mind if I quote this great peace of art on my story?
Tenshineko01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a good ref.
Hannahdoodle100 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
This is amaising! I've been looking for something to help with this for ages.
Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So informative and well-made, its brilliant! :D
monkey-otoshi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really  well done and great explanation!
Sammi-Spades Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been using this reference for I can't remember how long. It has been so useful and it's the first place I go to. Thank you so much for making this.
eagle-elf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The whole muscle thing about having the second pectoral muscle and not being able to move the wings forward is why I've always felt it made more sense to have wings placed just above the hips. There's technically much more space there for the extra muscle and the wings have the freedom to move forward. You can't have a tiny waist this way, but it works. It does make for smaller wings though if you don't want them drooping too far down to the ground, which I like aesthetically, but might not actually be as functional really.
Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know this is on pintrest, right?
xAmaShadowx Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is SO helpful <3 
Anemoritos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
this is an amazing tutorial!!! thank you very much!!! 
Arielle-Lavecchia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   General Artist
I like your study of wings. Often times people stick wings on the characters they draw or paint without consideration for how it looks ad function so they forget to add the skeletal adjustments to the body and how this would affect the person when they walked. Or how the wings  would actually move...

Thank you for the comprehensive analysis.
XantiagoBlu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student
nice explanation. i'm researching for any kind of help on this subject as i'm trying to make a pair of real-awesome-life-size paper wings. thx!
thekoalaunderurbed Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Helped alot, thank you!
Ambian345 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 19, 2014
Very detailed and creative! Sir/Ma'am, I salute you. I would love to see more from you and please don't stop! :D By the way, can you draw something like this but on webbed wings. I would love you even more if you did :D oh yeah, screw what scientist and wing-major have to say. science is not always right and I still believe that humans would be capable of flight when they have wings. now, how do I favourite this? I'm new to deviant art so I don't really know much :L
Solarstormflare Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
marceydevimon78 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sammiyad Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
EPIC!!!!!! I love drawing wings but this is such an amazing reference and a huge help for the future, thanks so much for doing this!!!!! I'll recommend this to EVERYONE!
SKYLARKSONGS Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
You should do Thoughts on Centaurs!... I'D BE AMAZING!!!  You're an amazing artist!
LostSoul-Mumei Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those butt wings make me laugh every time I look at them
*Goes to look at it again, and giggles*
psychicflame Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool! 
Silvre-chan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! This is super helpful!
VioletSmilesTooMuch Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student
You know this is like super big on Pinterest right now right? 
Uzlo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nope <_< I didn't know.
pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I actually just found it there and am really glad they provided the link to the deviation :la: 
FyreMist-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

This is good
AoiKuroNeko Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
This is super helpful and really well done--thanks a ton!
blucardinal32 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NekoTheNecromancer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This was so helpful! Thank you so much! ^^
FoxyPika Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial, but don't you think the wings look way too big compared to the human in some pictures?
DJHomePonyPasta123 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The wings would have to be big in order to support the weight of your body.
chaotic-loner Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Anatomically speaking, if a human were to have wings, they would need to be quite big. Birds may go with ones that are roughly the size of their torsos, but they have honey-comb skeletons, no extra limbs, less mass, and small statures.

Then add in the idea of different types of wings; speed, power, cruising, ect.

But, aesthetically speaking, that's just how this particular artist enjoys to draw their wings~ It shouldn't influence you on how you work, it just shows you a way to make your own~:heart:

Hope this helps some
Aspiring-Awesomness Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Avian people are like Hindu gods - with 4 "arms" ;)
Oh, and thanks, it helped a lot ^^
Shio-bookmark Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Hmm. What would the extra chest muscles look like on women do you think?

Resa already has somewhat unique wing anatomy to account for her being able to hide them under a baggy coat, and she is wiry in general but...
How do I ... boobs hang from the pectoral muscle so how would that work?
Wild-Dracoyena Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'm gonna need a few minutes to recover from all this education...
astercrow Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   General Artist
I wish more people would use this as their reference, it's so... well done ;_;

Great job! :D
EscapeDeath Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Oh my gosh. So helpful. Thank you so so much!
carrie-lou Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for this!! this be a great help!
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