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Basic Wing Tutorial by Goshawk Basic Wing Tutorial by Goshawk
People have been bugging me to do this for ages, and I finally got around to it. There's so much more I could have said, but I decided to try and keep it simple.

Those "pile-of-fluff" wings annoy the hell out of me... but then I am a bird fanatic and study bird anatomy. Still, I think that having a good understanding of bird anatomy is necessary for drawing wings; it looks good and makes you look knowledgeable.

A couple of links to help you out:
coloured map of wing feathers: [link]
amazing wing photo collection: [link]

Good luck! Remember - it's taken me, what, almost six years to get this good at wings? And I'm still not prefect... folded wings and certain angles still give me all kinds of Hell. You're not going to draw perfect wings on your first try unless you're copying a photo - and no, I don't use photos references except on very rare occasions when I need to know how certain things fold.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, very helpful! I wish I'd had this for the last wing pieces I did. Still it'll come in handy for the next! :)
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you think it's helpful. I'm considering doing a new version with more anatomy stuff now that I have an actual ornithology textbook to reference.
I look forward to seeing more wing stuff from you! :D
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:icongweenypig48:
gweenypig48 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
I've used your tutorial here: [link]
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for showing me! It's great to see what people have made using my tutorial. :D
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drift-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
can I please have permission to post this tutorial in sigresource.com? with a link back to your DA?
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd prefer if you posted just the link to my tutorial and not the full picture. I'm... not really comfortable with my resources being posted on other sites.
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drift-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ok hun i assure you .. no intention of piracy at all :) you also see that I have gained permission from other DA users as well and providing DA profile link :)

but I will do as requested
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure you have no intention of piracy, I'm just paranoid.
Thank you!
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:icondrift-angel:
drift-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand ;) .. you want me to give u the link to the post?
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be nice.
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Oryx-the-Bein Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thanks, this is really helpful and informative. I was wondering if you had any good link to sites on being a falconer? I just always found it interest in birds.

I was actually reading about working with golden eagle a while ago, I heard it was really dangerous unless you're really good because they can unpredictable. I don't know if thats true or not though!
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! [link] This is an excellent website that covers many aspects of falconry. Also, check your state's wildlife/parks/game agency for their falconry regulations as well as the US Fish and Wildlife service. Falconry is extremely time consuming, so I don't suggest taking it up unless you've done a lot of research. Hell, I've done a ton of research and I'm still not ready to get my permits.

Working with golden eagles is extremely dangerous. They can kill you. You really have to know what you're doing.
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Hiidama Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
u r giving me hope i have to practice if i want to draw amazing animals lol..lets start drawing!
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That's how you get better!
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scarlettfoxx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
w00t! You did it ^_^ Now I can point folks to this if they need help (not to mention I could use a refresher every now and then)

I tried my best on that Corvus thing...but I got really effing tired and there was such a small portion of his wings I was drawing so....It's not bad, better than most could do at this stage in the game. Its awesome you should see it...
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. Your nagging won out. lol
Can't wait to see him..... I hate shading the lesser coverts, so it's okay if you got lazy.
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scarlettfoxx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
I did hah and for people like us its not that great but you'll like what I added in the background.
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Added? ........ *curious*
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:icongaztv-inc:
GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Interesting...
I did wonder if the prmary esction of the wing was the equivalent of the human hand. Now I know.

I don't spend a lot of time looking at birds.
For obvious reasons.
Thanks for the Tutorial.
It may come in handy one day.
(does this Tut apply to chicken wings?)
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, it is.

lol No problem!
Yeah, it applies to all bird wings. The first link I put in my description is actually a chicken wing.
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:icongaztv-inc:
GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
I didn't check the links.
Sorry.
Heh.

My GF likes chickens.
She wants us to keep them as pets one day.
One day I'll have to ween myself onto the idea of handling a bird.
One day.
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GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
I didn't check the links.
Sorry.
Heh.

My GF likes chickens.
She wants us to keep them as pets one day.
One day I'll have to ween myself onto the idea of handkling a bird.
One day.
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Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad boy! They're very helpful.

She likes chickens?!
Those birds are really stupid... and messy. And loud...
*imagines Gaz handling chickens* lol......
Meanwhile, I'll be a falconer handling birds of prey that can rip your spine out. Have I mentioned that I want to fly a golden eagle someday?
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GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
But apparently quite affectionate.
I dunno about loud.
If you avoid getting Leghorns they're not so bad.
And we all know roosters are pro-active anyway.

You can't fly on a golden eagle... can you?
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Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Affectionate? Since when? Must be a type of chicken I haven't met.
You mean spurs? Those things are vicious...

No, silly. I'm talking about falconry. When a falconer says they fly a bird, it means they've hunted with that bird. Do you know anything about falconry, or is everything I'm saying new to you?
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GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Fuck Spurs...
x_x
Ugh...

I dunno my brain hurts and I think theres still quite a fair bit Don't know about falconry.
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, falconry did originate in Europe and was popular in Britain. I know that you Brits don't have to go through all the licensing and paperwork we Americans have to in order to do falconry. I always laugh when I see a British falconer flying a Harris's Hawk.... because they're from here, not Europe. lol And yet they're so popular in British falconry... Have I ever mentioned that you Brits are hilarious?
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TheFireTigress Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I wanna draw birds and get tendinitis also!! Well I wanna draw some thing with wings.
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Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Have fun and good luck! Remember... practice practice practice. And you don't want tendinitis, trust me...
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TheFireTigress Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe you
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Spoofster Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
I could never quite grasp the feather structure on a bird wing before, though I knew the gist of it.
After reading this tutorial I have a much better understanding, so I want to thank you for putting this up. It's well written, easy to understand, and the examples are nicely done. It was also a good idea to add the different wing types at the end, showing that even wings can offer a lot of variety. :)

That colored diagram is also really helpful too. I'll have to check the photo collection tomorrow, it's late here.
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Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad it helped! I think *windfalcon has a more detailed tutorial. You should check hers out too!
Everyone I send those two links to says they help a lot.
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jinx-black Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
...thankyou...
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome!
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