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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 )
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  New Deviant
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?
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
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
Ichigo6769 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!
LunaMLG51 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
ArtMeister501 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Pucko-chan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! Very well thought through and drawn. Also the explanations of why things should be in certain ways are great!
MartyPartyK9 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't underestimate yourself this is awsome and wery helpful
Kyoraneko Featured By Owner Edited Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful! I love that there's different variations of wings, a lot of tutorials don't even have more than one!
MakerofSticks Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016
Three points:

1) Bats fly quite well without an avian keel bone. 

2) I know the shoulder area is traditional, but the wings would need to be attached at the middle or lower back for balance. (That also reduces the arm interference.)

3) Watch out for ceiling fans. ;-)

I found this while doing research into angels for a fantasy story. As an engineer I was curious as to whether a human-sized and -shaped being could actually fly. 
Mayeru Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now i feel like humans should have wings.
DiamondLeopard157 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial! I use this tutorial as a reference for all of my winged characters.
Hey, come to think of it, If we could fly, no one would do it because we'd consider it exercise.
Zugaikostu Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2016

If we start naming the muscles than it would probably be a good idea to come up with names for the wing bones since they're all named after arm/hand bones and that's repetitive. Simple way would be just tack on the Latin for flight/wing/etc. More creative ideas anyone?

ArtiRox Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful, but I'm still probably gonna just ignore the anatomy for the sake of laziness it's just easier to draw them without thinking too hard.
KcBarron2000 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016   Digital Artist
Love this! It's so helpful. <3
FearlessFox33 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist
this is incredible and lovely and just straight up amazing
and I really love your humour!
I'm saving this forever
SheepieSheepie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Butt wings ftw!!!
Gerbil-Powered-WiFi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Student Artist
We call those Ass Flaps
SheepieSheepie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even better!
jemslie123 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so hugely helpful. Thanks!
thnidu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
Wow. I'm no artist and I'm not going to use this in creating visual art, but it's a great help in understanding and thinking about winged people.

Weight vs. wingspan: Hollow bones, anyone? Birds have them, why not bird-people?
Dreyfus2006 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At first when I looked at this I found those gigantic wings off-putting, but if I recall what I learned in my Ornithology class a few years ago, they'd HAVE to be that big to actually get a human off the ground. Once I adjusted with that in mind, this is not only a great tutorial but has some great pictures to go along with it. Thank you!
dekutree64 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Actually these are still a little on the small side. Look at hang gliders... most of them are around 30ft wingspan. I calculate ~18ft on this guy, so he's not going to be able to soar like hawks/eagles do, and will take a lot of flapping to get off the ground at all. But small wings do have the advantage of being less cumbersome, so if you don't need to stay up for very long, just using them to get past obstacles and such, then this would be a good size :)
Ayedeas Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
I recall hearing someone say that a bird's wingspan is twice the size of the bird's body. Once I heard that, I stopped drawing tiny "ostrich wings" as I now call them hahaha
Paixdelesprit Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for this tutorial!
shadowdollcat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool!Heart 
AmeToSora Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha, not only is this ridiculously helpful (on so many levels) but it's hilarious xD Hahaha, the little person flying with the wings on their butt made me laugh so hard xD
pleasebekidding Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Thank you so much for this. I keep seeing direction for correct wing placement on humans and wanting to tear my hair out because yes, hi, biology, and also the sheer joy of fiction and wanting things to look nice and cool. This made me so so happy to see.
But I also super love the person with butt wings and I'd love to see thousands of besuited professionals commuting to work that way XD
You're fantastic. I hope you find fifty bucks on the ground tomorrow.
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