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Ultimate Wing Tutorial by TalkingToMySoul Ultimate Wing Tutorial by TalkingToMySoul
So I've had an obsession with properly drawn wings for ages. I love animals, and the idea of humans with wings is fascinating. But the more experienced I get, the more I realize how anatomically incorrect many wings are. Improper placement, feathers, and number of joints not only make drawings look unrealistic, but irk me in ways only things I'm obsessed with can. This is my latest and greatest study on all things human wings, after hundreds of doodles, several finished sketches, and this derpish design [link] a few months ago. I know not all of it is perfect: keeping in mind this is a fictional concept, I'd love to hear your thoughts if you think it needs improvement, or want more explanation. =)

Repost it wherever you want, help spread the winged love, but ALWAYS LINK BACK TO ME. Thankees.
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MissApiphany Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is so perfect. Bless your wonderful soul!!
*time to work out some character anatomy*
KonekoArt122 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
The "huge sternum" is now the reason my oc has huge boobs. Plus she just does, but...
Nachtigallerator Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
This is fantastic. And I'm deeply ashamed for not having thought of it, because I already knew half of that as a med student! *Faves to make up for it*

Out of curiosity, what's the muscle above the pectoralis major? I'm thinking trapezoid or sternocleidomastoid, but my bird anatomy obviously needs work and the broad sternal attachment confuses the heck out of me.
xxbipolarxbearxx Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think you have any idea how helpful this is. I've scoured the whole of the internet, and this is really the only good tutorial I've found that actually accounts for realistic anatomy. I'm writing a book with angels in it, and though I'll probably end up drawing character at some point when I get bored enough, I just have so much trouble writing well about things that I can't visualize. Have to say that this is really great. Thanks a TON.
Jokecokecs Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This is fantastic! Do you think the same anatomical structure could be used--or at least modified--for a bat wing structure?
TalkingToMySoul Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Easily! The membrane would stretch down the sides and come to a V-shape in the middle of the back. They'd be about the same length, a bit broader, and the fingers would fold similarly to the folding I depicted here. =)
SeaDragonLife Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Thanks for this. I have a winged dragon-human race who I have the hardest time drawing properly.
And now I know I can't have them wear shirts. I get to figure out something better.
KonekoArt122 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Try using something with large slits in the back. 
TalkingToMySoul Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
No prob, glad it helps. =)
ViperaGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang! I made the ugly and nonfunctional wings xD
Well this helps
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