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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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awareqwx Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Very handy. Wings are a pain in the neck to draw.
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner 2 days ago   General Artist
This is a great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing! :D
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ArchEeviee Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
This was really useful, but I'd recommend changing 'retarded' to something else. It's kind of a slur and not a good thing to use otherwise.

Thanks for it, regardless! Very very good information!
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Rander-MT Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial, thanks! I never thought I was making so many mistakes with bird wings!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there. I'm working on rebuilding a figure of an Angel and your tutorial really helped me understand feather arrangement and the folding of the wings more. Thank you. :hug: Now all the 100 lego feather pieces I bought might be used properly...I hope. :iconnervous-laughplz: 
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Moonlightdragon60 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  New member
Thnx for the bird tutorial!
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Peregrinestar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have no idea how helpful this was for me.
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TheMadameVastra Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  New member Professional General Artist
I featured this on my art group because it was so good :)
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Tenshineko01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this.
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Chimera-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I love how you explained everything! It taught me a lot about feathers and wings!
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