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Uploaded: June 6, 2012
Artist: Phoenixcelestius
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 10
Updated: June 6, 2012
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This tutorial will teach you a painless way to draw a bird wing! Hopefully, you will never have to fret about them again.

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How to Draw a Bird Wing

how to draw a bird wing step 1

STEP 1.

First, draw the guide lines for the wing bones. The largest circles is the shoulder blade.
 
how to draw a bird wing step 2

STEP 2.

Next, draw additional guide lines for the coverts. Notice how the primary coverts (near the outer edge of the wing) are fanned out in different directions, as indicated by the arrows.
 
how to draw a bird wing step 3

STEP 3.

Now, fill in the coverts. The primary and secondary coverts (the two different curves you just drew) should be distinct from each other. Make sure the primary coverts are fanned out!
 
how to draw a bird wing step 4

STEP 4.

Now it's time to draw the primary and secondary flight feathers. Draw the guide lines, and make them separate by drawing a straight line between the two curves.
 
how to draw a bird wing step 5

STEP 5.

Again, notice how the primaries fan out, as shown by the arrows.
 
how to draw a bird wing step 6

STEP 6.

Fill in the primaries and secondaries. Primaries are more pointed, while secondaries are rounded at the end. Be careful to make the feathers overlap correctly!
 
how to draw a bird wing step 7

STEP 7.

Now it's time to draw the tertials! Draw a triangular shape at the base of the wing, and erase the stuff inside the triangle.
 
how to draw a bird wing step 8

STEP 8.

Fill in the triangle with overlapping feathers. They should be crisscrossed slightly.
 
how to draw a bird wing step 9

STEP 9.

Now, it is OK to remove the guide lines! But we're not finished yet...
 
how to draw a bird wing step 10

STEP 10.

We must still draw the ever-important alula, which is a "thumb" feather on the tip of the wing bone. It can be as large or as small as you like, or even tucked in under the coverts and primaries. After you've drawn the alula, you're done!