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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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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... :/
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kridxen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That was fantastic knowledge and entertaining at the same time, thank you!
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Onjii Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
wonderful! thanks!
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ApocalypticCrow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing.
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HoneyWolfRin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
best damn wing tutorial I have ever seen! Nice! Thanks for sharing!
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awareqwx Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Very handy. Wings are a pain in the neck to draw.
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:iconclumsydemonwithfire:
clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014   General Artist
This is a great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing! :D
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ArchEeviee Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  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
Thnx for the bird tutorial!
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:iconperegrinestar:
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  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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NinjaKittenDoodles Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thanks so much! Hopefully, with this, I can draw wings better and fix up my mistakes! This really helped so much!
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PurpleLovezz Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2014
Thanks so much!
...I never knew that my wings looked so... wrong. XD
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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!
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:iconsam241:
sam241 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, always wondered why my wings look like mops, thanks for making this!
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pterochromics Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Excellent!!!  I enjoyed it and I'm not even an illustrator - just a "bird nut" ;D
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:iconkalhyra:
Kalhyra Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Excellent *_*
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:iconcyndhis:
cyndhis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student General Artist
this is very cool and helpful! thank you so much for posting this!!
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FireclawandIceclaw Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*scared off by the length*

jk. Thanks I really needed this :)
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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.
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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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Solarstormflare Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Digital 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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dr4g0ngal Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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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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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad! You're very welcome :D 
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AWonderDog Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
This really helped me. Thank you! Big Fool Emoji-03 (Creep Stare) [V2] 
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear it! :)
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Wow thank you,very useful and funny :D
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
You are welcome,it is always nice when someone decides to help others with these useful tutorials^^
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delapsus1992 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best tutorial for understanding those damn wings!

I've been scouting for weeks before u stumbled upon this ;3

Thanks! <3 <3
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, I'm flattered--I'm so glad it helped! :D 
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Shirukiba Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I...think you like birds. Just a bit.
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Only a little. Hardly worth mentioning, really. 

:B
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x-LePinocchio-x Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped so much, even though I'm german, and my english is not the best, I understood every single part of it, again, thank you so much 8D
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, I'm so happy to hear that! :D 
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Steffisch1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :highfive: 
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secksrobot Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! This is going to help immensely with the project I am working on. ^_^
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