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We were not meant to fly by Uzlo We were not meant to fly by Uzlo
I think that if you want a person to fly with bird wings, those wings has got to be pretty big, bigger than this. Angels are fascinating, sure, and pretty, but it can't be easy to be one. Imagine putting a shirt on - and walking! Walking hunched?

I don't think there are any good ways to fold wings on a human back and make it comfortable and natural as well as practical and pretty... At least not in real life. *duhrrrr*

I still like drawing wings. Matt has pretty wings. Flamingos are funny. Silly of me to say "Atavian". But wth...

And since everyone ask me, all the time: No, I have not read Maximum ride.
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
love the flamingo wings you put on the human :)
princessireneofceres Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student Writer
This is why my angels can retract their wings when they take human form, like a cat's claws.
Pyrrhociconia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
maybe angels dont fully fold their wings like birds do ?
Look at albatrosses having trouble folding them when they land.
LaylaDeMich Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
I wish I had these wings!
Angels probably have retractable wings for convenience. Or maybe they are smaller but really strong and powerful.
Alyeyey Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Student General Artist
This is so cool!! I especially like the flamingo wings, aha. Wink/Razz Seriously though, this is a beautiful study.
princessireneofceres Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Student Writer
OMG, PINK WINGS! I absolutely love your studies, even though we're not meant to fly wings are cool. I always imagined that winged humans or angels would have the ability to retract their wings and sprout at will, like cat claws.
AnnaTheHeroine Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
I know how ya feel, man ._. Ritos from TloZ Wind Waker are my only comfort for they magically transform their arms into wings. That would totally do the thing.
Nice drawings, though))
shadowdollcat Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done!
mmpratt99 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
Would bat wings work better?
TheREALTwilightSpark Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
dude, I get you. I go through all this effort of drawing a completely original character from an anime I'm working on, put it on the internet, and people are just like "oh cool is she a Maximum Ride OC."

asdfh;adsjf;ldashgjadshdfl;ksjsdja i'm going to f*cking murder someone the next time that happens.

But talking about humans with wings, I think bat-like wings would be the most realistic, cause we could scrunch up our wing-fingers to walk. That's a weird sentence right there.
KeaLeonnaSilverStar Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm over here like, What? What's the Maximum Ride? Sounds like a dropper ride at the carnival.
TheREALTwilightSpark Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know either but apparently it's a book series about a kid with wings??? IDK man.
ParagonofAwesomeness Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH HOW I WISH HUMANS HAD WINGS!!!!!!! you'd absolutely love the maximum ride series! about a group of winged teens running (and flying) from evi scientists!
Craftambar1500 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
me too ^u^
whataboutcas Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i love Matt's wing colors Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
SKYLARKSONGS Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
What this Matt guy from?  Is it a book or movie?
Uzlo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
He's mine!
SKYLARKSONGS Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Uzlo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
(: ?
SKYLARKSONGS Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
What?  is he a friend, a real person, a boyfriend? ...or is he a fictional character?  Is he you're OC?  
Uzlo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My OC.
Almond-Fur Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also we need large pectoral muscles to fly, probably as big as a barrel, but then we would be too heavy :/

Then again, the largest animal that ever flew was quetzalcoatlus, and it was taller than a giraffe and weighed more than 400 pounds...
FiendsTooth Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In reality, all we'd really need were lighter bones and large wings bigger than out bodies to allow us to fly, then we'd be set.
Almond-Fur Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The muscles are still necessary. The pectoral muscles are (on average) 20% of a bird's body weight, but it depends on the bird. Ducks are more muscular than vultures because ducks beat their wings quickly while vultures soar on thermals. Try flapping your arms for an extended period of time, birds fly for hours sometimes and they need to have enough force in that flap to keep them airborne. We have enough musculature in our legs to propell us into the air (jump), but not enough in our arms.
FiendsTooth Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful!  I LOVE the look and the design!
Genisay Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know one idea I see a lot is that the wings seem to rotate slightly up, kind of like we can lift our arms above our heads, or shift around our shoulder blades, and then they settle, either folded as shown, or more to the sides of the body.  This would at least help with the length issue, but you would have to be a bit more careful when walking through low doors, as the wing 'wrist' protrudes higher above the head.
Nimbeh Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Ooh thats cool!
turnipBerry Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm… I think I might see a way to make the wings fold believably, but it might look kinda awkward… I'd really have to think about the anatomy too, I'd almost have to rearrange the shoulder joints...

This has given me something to think about! 
AmetrineAngel Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist


it's pretty.

and about the whole winged human thing.

You see if they were a highbred or mutant I think there body would probably adapt to the wings. the kids in Maximum Ride have more than just a birds wings so that kinda helps them out.

Sukeiisu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well if we did have wings we would probably be used to walking hunched :I and probably no shirts. XD
Dyjanna Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right, we should not have extra pairs of limbs;) Still, if you could show me how in this way the folded wings would look in the front?
Sciencelover5 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Humans have very dense bones.. If we had large air pockets inside the bones, much like birds, air sacs in addition to lungs, and perhaps a more aerodynamic figure (lots of lean muscle), we may find flight possible. As for angels--- Aren't they a bit different in form from humans anyway? The rules which govern us do not necessarily apply to them. Regardless, beautiful picture! :D
REYKAT Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
yeah.. cool
MaximWolf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Angels are supernatural beings made by God. Some have more than 2 pairs of wings. So I don't think the same principle applies to angels.

As for the humans are not made to fly, Aye, I totally agree. Unless you tweek the human body. This is just a sci-fi anatomy sheet for a human avian hybrid mutant if the DNA was 2% bird. >>
Anchoram Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Well, angels usually supports some kind of super strength so maybe they would be able to keep their wings in some sort of half folded way so they don't touch the ground at all?
Saronei Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Folding would have to be quite difficult, indeed.. But hey! I heard that angels weren't made to walk ;)
Love your drawings, n that wing tutorial. Lots... (i needed it so bad at a time ;p)
241095 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, if angels are all they seem, then there should be a way to hide the wings so they wolud not bother and
scientists woludn't hold you to a table and make experiences.
AkitaZeo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder, why no one stated what angels' pulse must be far greater than human's... to feed muscular tissue of the wing... And, because of that, they would be hot to touch? =D
brieannebe Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In a book I read recently I the angels had wings that could only be seen by other brings slimier to them and were made of some type of vapor like subsistence that allowed it to be Waite less to them. And I see how what I said could be flowed but just saying.
Kittyaj Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
maybe they dont walk as often because of that..idk im just guessing here
great work too :D
woodenpen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Apperantly some angels are just heads with wings circling around them
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Kaira-and-Rio Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I like this. I still want wings but you bring up valid issues. I see you haven't read maximum ride, I have and enjoyed it but there where a lot of things I had issues with. at least with the second version of it. (He wrote two series with the character max who had wings) the first one was a bit better with the anatomy cause the girl didn't have boobs and had a large chest. She also lied eggs. In the second one though she was pretty much physically normal except for the wings (and then they advanced even further and could breath under water and all this ridiculous stuff. But my biggest issue with the whorl story is that main character is around 6 ft, has a 15ft wing span and somehow manages to hide her wings under a jacket. That just doesn't work >.< any way you picture reminded me of that because of the little guy under the flamingo wings. :D You sketch is so pretty, I want to be able to draw wings TT.TT
Ninjaskittles204 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
which book was the one he wrote with the girl laying eggs?
Kaira-and-Rio Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"When the wind blows" and "The lake house" (read them in that order). They were sort of a test for James with the idea of flying, experimented on kids.
Quick-Step Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
very beautiful wings. Biologically, if people were to have wings, you would wither be looking at a really tall or really short body build with a seriously buffed out chest to support flight. Plus the wings may not fold conventionally, you may be possibly looking at another joint so they would tuck in and up.... and skinny.. they would definitely be skinny. Or so I would suppose. Your pictures are lovely ^_^
Ursixa-the-dragon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i read somewhere that for humans to fly, the wings would need to be huge and have chests 4 feet wide. rotfl
AwkwardLoser Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
True dat
Kittyloveswolf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
They're great-looking, but in my opinion, wings can either dissapear, contract to a reasonable size, or be mecha-wings. That'd look cool.
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