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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 )
NinjaKittenDoodles Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Student Traditional Artist
thanks so much! Hopefully, with this, I can draw wings better and fix up my mistakes! This really helped so much!
PurpleLovezz Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  New member
Thanks so much!
...I never knew that my wings looked so... wrong. XD
slitherscale Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial/anatomy lesson! That was epic, I think I'll be able to draw better wings now!
sam241 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, always wondered why my wings look like mops, thanks for making this!
pterochromics Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Excellent!!!  I enjoyed it and I'm not even an illustrator - just a "bird nut" ;D
Kalhyra Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Excellent *_*
cyndhis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student General Artist
this is very cool and helpful! thank you so much for posting this!!
FireclawandIceclaw Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*scared off by the length*

jk. Thanks I really needed this :)
Extraintelligence Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is terrible because you confused alliteration for puns at the very beginning of this tutorial.

Seriously though, I've been trying to learn how to draw wings, and this is really helpful. I've been drawing them with only one curve, which isn't too bad when they're open, but completely useless when they're folded.
ladylyzar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Still love this tutorial.  Hope you don't mind me recommending it to like, everybody.  :)  I still use it all the time.
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