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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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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 )
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Solarstormflare Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! One of the best tutorials out there for a really good overview
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Maaya2310 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This helped me allot! :D
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad to hear it! :D 
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Maaya2310 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
C:
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dr4g0ngal Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank for the help this is a great tutorial 
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you! 
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HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn son
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Calycia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This helped me so much! thankyou :D 
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad! You're very welcome :D 
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