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Bird Wing Tutorial by TheAntimonyElement Bird Wing Tutorial by TheAntimonyElement
Ta-da! :D Finally! You peeps requested this, like, AGES ago, and here it is! Hope you learn something! :heart: Please don't be scared off by its length, I just talk a lot. ;P

I browsed a bit through dA and I couldn't find a tutorial on bird wings that really covered it ALL--from bones to wing shapes and feather groups. All the tuts I found seemed to assume that you were starting with some basic knowledge of how bird wings worked. I don't know if you are, so here's one that works from the ground up! :)

Yes, this is based off the tutorial style of the incomparable :iconalexds1: (Go read her tutorials on drawing humans; I promise you will learn something!) because I feel that it's a very clear and dynamic way to show people stuff. So yeah.

Other Stuff:
Interesting web sites, if you want to learn more:
[link] --Explore this site some--it has some really cool interactive stuff. Also that game! XD My bobolink always gets eaten halfway through.
[link] --some more in-depth stuff on the physics involved. :)
[link] --lots of info on wing shape and purpose!

Great reference books:
-Birds of Prey: Majestic Masters of the Skies by Paul D. Frost--glorious, two-page spreads full of raptor close-ups. :D My copy is much loved.
-Raptors of the World by James Ferguson-Lees and David A. Christie--what need I say? :heart:
-Reader's Digest Book of North American Birds -- beautifully illustrated, with cool tidbits of information about all the birds.

...and I don't want to hear that you don't have the money to buy books. Libraries need love too, and there is one near you--go get to know it! :D

All photos that are not from Wikipedia were taken by me. The canada goose picture was found here: [link] and the peregrine falcon here: [link] .

Phew. That was rather exhausting (and hopefully exhaustive! :D) so I hope you enjoy and appreciate! Wings are gorgeous; do them justice! :heart: :heart: :heart:

Also: :iconchezem: has a wonderful gallery full of images of birds in flight--go check it out, it's a great reference! :) Thanks to :iconankewehner: for suggesting it.

:EDIT: HOMFG A DD THANK YOU SO MUCH :iconchimeradragonfang: and :iconfantasystock: !!!!!!
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Given 2010-12-01
Suggester's words: Well-illustrated, explained and organized, plus a dash of humour makes Bird Wing Tutorial by ~TheAntimonyElement one really good tutorial. ( Suggested by ChimeraDragonfang and Featured by FantasyStock )
KyashaKitsune 2 days ago   General Artist
Thank you so much TheAntimonyElement!
I know I didn't do a really great job but your tutorial helped me avoid some major errors on my latest drawing.  I know I still made some big errors. ^^; but I really appreciated this tutorial!
Cayduell Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Best. Tutorial. Ever. Thank you so much for this! :D
Medivh888Alsteria Apr 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Wow this is very detailed, love the explanations, thankyou :D
Wimsi Apr 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
now this is a tutorial :O
smile1873 Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really helpfull :D thanks for posting this :3

(sorry for bad english) 
Muzy95 Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It was purely coincidential that I found and read this, as I have to admit I never draw birds, but if I ever do, I'll make sure to use this wonderful tutorial. It goes into depth on anatomy, which is crucial for drawing any creature, be it realistic or cartoon, and it's just written so well. It's funny, cute (the characters that pop up here and there are just delightful), lively, and very informative.
This is quite helpful. Now I don't have to muddle through with nothing but reference images. :XD:
DragonVampriss Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely loved this tutorial!  it was exactly what i needed XD now i can properly draw feathered wings and feathers XD
Viviane-neechan Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are utterly spectacular. 

Thank you SO MUCH for this tutorial--it's seriously all the info I need (I'm making a pair of articulated wings for a cosplay) to lay feathers, not to mention you've demystified them for when I draw them in the future!!

Truly, truly spectacular (and entertaining!) tutorial. 

talawolf1 Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dont think i didnt miss your little barbie joke ;)
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