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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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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 )
XxStarlitForestxX Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  New Deviant 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
InfiniteEscape-MoogB Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  New Deviant
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
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  Student 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
This is really damn helpfull for drawing some new creatures! :heart:
Sillageuse Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015   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!
CaeruleoLupus 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... :/
kridxen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That was fantastic knowledge and entertaining at the same time, thank you!
Onjii Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
wonderful! thanks!
ApocalypticCrow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing.
HoneyWolfRin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
best damn wing tutorial I have ever seen! Nice! Thanks for sharing!
awareqwx Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Very handy. Wings are a pain in the neck to draw.
clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014   General Artist
This is a great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing! :D
SaintNevermore 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!
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!
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: 
Moonlightdragon60 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thnx for the bird tutorial!
Peregrinestar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have no idea how helpful this was for me.
TheMadameVastra Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Photographer
I featured this on my art group because it was so good :)
Tenshineko01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this.
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!
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!
PurpleLovezz Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2014  Student General Artist
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.
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