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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 )
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Dragonqueens Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
yay, a funny turtorial ^^
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fungiicide Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
For some reason I want to make a wings character now just to do some chest muscles like that
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Rikutida Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
I think this is very very usefull especially to people who never bothered doing wing studies. I'm really sick of seeing noodly anime wings everywhere 8|

Great work, thanks for sharing!
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JynxedDraca Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is really useful, I've never really thought in depth about bird-winged humans.
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MomoTheWise Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Student General Artist
this is the most helpful thing since food cans you don't need a can opener for....THANK YOU
This will help beyond helpfulness
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Elzariel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O_O THIS. I'm totally up with the some-freedom-part, but anatomical accuracy being used this way is like, WAY there, floating my boat in ways I didn't know where possible. I'm TOTALLY going to have to draw something with this now... The second pectorals make perfect sense really O_o.. Total thumbs up!
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Crawfordd Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O: !!
I think this will help me draw wings alot! Thanks for posting this. <33
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Phantom-Shadow Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beauuuuutiful work~ Really thought out and explanatory. Good look at the anatomy of things too.
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Dkelabirath Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
When I designed my own Avian race appearance, I had the wings splitting off from the same shoulders as the arms (a double-ball-and-socket joint? Madness!) meaning that they couldn't easily fly whilst holding anything but that the wings could glide whilst the arms were in use, and the shoulders wouldn't be in the way otherwise. Not even with massive armoured spikes atop! Yeah.
The corollary was that the race cannot actually achieve true flight (can only glide or hover) since their wings are too small, otherwise as you say they'd impede movement. Still, they're not bird-men but bird-humanoids, so their bones are hollow like a bird's and they need less weight. John worked on these with me (his original idea) and this was his choice; I still hope the slim teenagers and a few adults with extra-large 'assets' would be able to achieve true flight and act as scouts for the others.
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Silverwolf715 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Awesome!
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Impressive
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DreamingExperience Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Yes, yes, and YES! <3 Finally someone who wants to add realism (of appearance at least XD ) to their winged people! <3
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thisdystopia Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
This tutorial is so awesome, I am now going to make a winged character!
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darquepinkpaper Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist
And I'm just gonna put these wings on the butt. Yep.
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perfect-tea Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO. APPRECIATED. Especially for drawing those atavians! Thank you so much!
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NEMESISxNERON Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So explainent :3 i try xD and so easy to understand ((stupid lessons of wings -patata-teacher)) xD cool! fav! :D

CARPE DIEM!:la::heart:
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LoganPike Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Artist
i think, when adding something like wings to a human body, one must, of course, make sacrifices in the name of coolness. realistically, one would need a chest approximately six feet deep with muscle to pull off the kind of power needed to lift a human body off of the ground. but we all agree, that would look pretty dumb. you have chosen to walk a very fine line here, trying to justify your fantasy. i'm of the mind that winged humans are impractical, and, quite frankly, ugly. however, art doesn't need to be realistic, and we have great leeway here. i commend you for at least trying to keep a modicum of realism, but ultimately you fail. not because of your skill or imagination (both of which are great) but simply because nature and natural selection are superior to us in every way. winged humans are beautiful precisely because of their impossibility.
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Uzlo Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
"I suggest skipping the muscle study when drawing angels." ;P

This is, from beginning to start, about making wings look like wings and not like something cut out from a paper and glued to the back of a person, and for people who wish to do so. I could care less about the actual human body attached to the feathery lumps. Justifying? Realism? I'm after nothing of the sort, my dear Watson! ^^

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LoganPike Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010   Artist
i didn't mean to offend, the written word lacks a lot of the subtle indicators of tone and intent that we pick up on with verbal communication. to briefly restate, i think your wings look marvelous. they do, in fact, look like wings. i was speaking more to the idea that trying to portray wings as attaching to and interacting with the human form is always going to fail when the goal is realism. i was trying,unsuccessfully, to compliment you on walking the thin line between realism and what looks cool.
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Uzlo Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I wasn't offended, I just thought that perhaps you misunderstood what I was after..? I don't know. Thank you, nevertheless.
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Raulzito2112 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Perfect tutorial!
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ljscribbles Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow, thanks for this! Wing anatomy is something I really struggle with, and this looks so detailed and helpful. :D
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mori-miko Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student General Artist
brilliant
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Ehuatl Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
No working anatomy? =( Poor angels. Still, so mate-
ri(or "e"?)alistic. ;o)
I'd take a more symbolistic approach. - Still: inspiring.
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KodiNaki Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I like this a lot! And I agree with most all of this. :D Sometimes double pecs would be cool though... freaky and like wtf, but possibly cool. Thanks for this tutorial! Mind if I reference it for the future and stuff? :D Good job... <3
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Alpha-DragonWulf Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, AWESOME!
Heck, I draw a humanoid with batwings and this is fairly amazingly helpful... :+fave:
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ReallyCoolName Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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tikeo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Nice! It's color coded.
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baka-wallaby Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Interesting stuff here... in truth, I've never thought about this sort of stuff, so it's grea tthat you'd do this C:
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explosive-toaster Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student
Very helpful, and beautiful as well!
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Borderwalker Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student Photographer
This is so cool :)
I while I read it, I kept wondering if you would bring up the muscles and I was very pleased that you did.

But there is one problem, while you accounted for the downwards pull of the wings, you didn't get into the problem with the actual arms and the muscles that move them backwards. The sceletal structure of the added wings complicate this.

Then again you did mention that you weren't an expert and neither am I, I just started to think about it that's all. I really appreciate tutorials like this.

:)
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Uzlo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I was going to add the back-pull muscles as well, but I figured they wouldn't be as important as the downwards pull muscles. They don't need to be as powerful at all, and aren't really seen on birds as it is, as they're placed funnily (not on the back, but underneath the pectoralis muscle of the bird... supracoracoideus? Is that what the muscles are called?). I was aiming more to picture what you actually see, not working anatomy as this is impossible in the first place, and I think those muscles would be less of a problem than the added chest ones.

As for the actual arms? Well, The whole point of this would be sort of ruined if I fiddled with the actual arms and moved them or anything... *laughs*

Thank you for your kind words!
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Hawock-Hain Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student General Artist
wow this is actually pretty thorough, its gonna help alot of people (including me) ;)
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The-Hybrid-Mobian Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
wow, this is actually REALLY helpful. :D thank you very much~! ^^
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Neiya Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting stuff, thing's I'll keep in mind when drawing people with wings :D
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seerka Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Super awesome! I like how you clarified all the different wing sections and stuff. =D
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claoufaeng Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Sorry, I just wanted to point out that "que sera sera" means what will be, will be in French, unless it's another language?
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seerka Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Yes, it does. Is that strange?
I think it's from a song. Sort of like let it be, what will come to pass will come on its own, so need to worry about it, I think. But it's true that I do not know french...
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vampire-elf Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very interesting. I do appreciate the advice. I may not draw winged people often, but I'll for sure reference this and pictures of bird wings when I do!
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akusma Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The entire thing is just epic. Especially the muscle study and the types of wings at the bottom.
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Fabricated-Sky Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
My god, I thank you SO much for making this tutorial/note/thoughts piece! I'm making a comic where the main character is winged, and this is so helpful! Now, perhaps those wings will actually look natural (or as close to natural as wings can get XD).
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LynniexD Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Mmm, I really like this. A lot of people skip anatomy completely and do whatever they want (since it's cool and all). I got a lot information out of this, thank you C:
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vegitariandino Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Effing cool.
This makes me want to draw winged people now~ ;3
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saccharineSovereign Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful, thank you!

And a small part of me is infinately thankful that you keep drawing him without a shirt.

...He looks a bit confused. "Can I move now?"
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Csmsnvgriff Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
^^ This is very nice. And very useful! I can imagine a teen learning to fly for the first time would be awesome.
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Sterendenn Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is a very clear, precise and useful tutorial.
:+favlove: and thanks for posting !
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PetStudent Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Though I draw avian people once in a decade or so, I still loved it. Thanks!
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Boshudolor Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
dude this is so freakin cool
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WOWandWAS Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
delightfully informative, thanks for posting it^^
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Festiva Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
super helpful!!! thanks a bunch!!
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