Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
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: !!!!!!
Add a Comment:

Daily Deviation

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 )
W0lfpup Featured By Owner 20 hours ago   Filmographer
this was made 7 years ago but its soooo helpful 
AngelicDragonPuppy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly helpful and I thank you for making it. I feel like such a goober for never noticing the front wing / back wing differences before!
Neo-Zander Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I keep coming back to this tutorial! Some of the best reference material for drawing wings ever. Excellent and insightful work. Cheers!
OshieK Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is very helpful and insightful! Thank you for making this tutorial, it's extremely helpful. And, i'm pretty sure i shall be using it the next time i decided to draw something with wings. ;P
revirag Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
This is great! Thank you :)
YellowLuckyPig Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have question is there dragon tutorial somewhere, if anyone reads this post do send me the links, any kind of dragons, I take pretty much angel wings tutorials I trying to design a many wing backed human -> is my objective.  dragons I have yet to get be very possible.
LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Professional General Artist

This is me before your tutorial: baffledmeow 
This is me after: la in love 

Now I hate wings a little less! Thanks for this great tutorial. This helps me out SO much in my next project 
Chica247 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow this was a big help :0
Buttergriffin332 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No one here realizes how happy I was when I saw the tiny griffin in there!!!

I'll be looking at this a lot for my art
CureRougefan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Very helpful!
Capsura Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Flynn-Fletcher4ever Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Student
nice one. thanks for the tutorial:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin)  
PersonaThief Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This is a fantastic tutorial, and I just HAD to thank you! My wings have gone from:…

to… and…

All thanks to going over your tutorial (and practice) a buncha times!
sunziana Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
great tutorial
MayneStreet Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CatchLite Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This is an outstanding tutorial on wings, feathers and more! Very informative and fun to read as well. I've learned so much from this :D
HazelLeaf04 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped me so much! (The wings on the character I was drawing were giving me more trouble than the actual character does in the story she's in.) 😄 Thanks for this!
SilverStarStrike Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I really want to improve on wing anatomy. >.<
chinmoy808 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great on getting dromaeosaur wings. What's that? You're confused? Well, DINOSAURS HAD FEATHERS!
DoSkippy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Instafave Instawatch Instacomment Instasubscribe Instalove Instafollow Instastalk Instaatyourwindow Instahello ^-^
duckchoo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so informative and it's very helpful.
bluesonic1 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this so much, thank you for making it :heart: (Aaaand I just looked at your username and realised you're a DC artist, very cool! :XD:)
Shade-Neko Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
I love you for this, thanks mate!!
BronzeScotch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is probably the most helpful thing I have come across on Deviant Art. Ever. Before and after my account. Kermit the staring frog 
before this I just drew spike feather stuff that i couldn't figure out what was wrong with. I came across this tutorial by comment stalking (surprise) and it changed my life forevaaaahrainbow cry 

ImmaGoddamPony Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this omg
I think I got an affection erection from this like, I love love love reading about birds and understanding them more. This tutorial is so detailed and so interestingly fun. Good job!
gypsy0511 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial has been extremely helpful. I'm definitely going to recommend it to friends!
ChocolateWolfCat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
This was an awesome tutorial <3 
This also helped me with drawing wings, since I love Pegasuses... pegasai? .-.
gypsy0511 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm pretty sure it's Pegusi, since it is a Latin word and the plural form of Pegasus In Latin is pegasi 
ChocolateWolfCat Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
Kay x3
fliawolf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really great tutorial and might be a useful reference for some human-sized wings i am going to make. have a thank you bird: Lavender Waxbill 
farsidejr Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely using this often, super helpful! Trying to draw griffins currently, and have redrawn the wings 3-4 times now. :sleepy:

Burdz r awesome. Fuego

LittleNyaPaws Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD this was very helpful 🍟🍟🍕🍕🍕🍕🍔🍔🍔🍔🍘🍘🍘🍘🍖🍖🍖🍖🍖🍖🍙🍙🍙🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜🍢🍢🍢🍢🍢🍥🍥🍥🍥🍥🍥🍤🍤🍤🍤🍡🍡🍡🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍛🍛🍛🍛🍛🍨🍨🍚🍚🍚🍚🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝🍠🍠🍠🍣🍣🍣🍣🍤🍤🍤🍤🍧🍧🍧🍨🍨🍨🍨🍦🍦🍦🍦🍩🍩🍩🍩🍪🍪🍪🍫🍫🍫🍫🍬🍬🍬🍬🍭🍭🍭🍭🍮🍮🍮🍮🍫🍫🍫🍮🍮🍮🍯🍯🍯🍯🍯🍰🍰🍰🍰🍱🍱🍱🍱✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔
GlyphBellchime Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's cool that you added references to study by. Thanks a lot.
Skypeoplephoenix732 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thisis great! thankya :D
morganwtb11 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You have no idea how much i love you <3
Wow thank you for making this! You explain it so well! I'm definitely gonna be using these techniques!
Draconia4 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, thanks for making it!
ZachSharkAttack Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Thanks for the help TheAntimonyElement! That was really awesome! I love how you showed us all and you added some humor with it! You really seem like an awesome person! Thanks yet again! Also... watching you now! (not in any weird way XD) Pikachu Piff Plz 
faniatejeda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful!!:happybounce:  I´ve been trying to draw angels, and for some reason, my wings just dont look good. Thanks for sharing!Hug 
Marl1nde Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist
i still suck at it though XD
but thanks either way!
FoxyGirl4ever Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is really damn helpfull for drawing some new creatures! :heart:
Sillageuse Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, thanks so much for this tutorial, it helped a lot in this drawing of mine:…

I'm still not quite satisfied with the smaller feathers, but it was fun to do and I think it looks much better than what I would have drawn without your tutorial ^^ I appreciate it! :)
lollipopflower Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ok! I drew a single wing! Please tell me how I did!…
yourfriend-4life Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your bird wing anatomy is very helpful and useful maybe you could do one on bird tail feathers if you're up for it. But seriously the gryphon looks so cute.
lollipopflower Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm going to study this for the next four nights.
plain-rice Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful! I keep referring to it again and again. :)
Zwaa Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Student Artist
Ah man, Thank-you so much!
CaeruleoBlue Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
I used this forever ago on a drawing tablet to learn to draw wings, and now that I'm getting back into art again, but on paper, I'm using it again. Definitely better than any other tutorials I've used. Much appreciated.
shahera Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
This is the best wing tutorial I've seen thus far! I wish  I had found it before making a set of wings... :/
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
January 18, 2010
Image Size
8.8 MB


299,253 (19 today)
16,327 (who?)