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Uploaded: December 18, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: December 18, 2010
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There is plenty of ways to draw bird wings whenever you are interested in drawing birds. But what abut when drawing wings becomes a struggle because you want to make the same style, except the wings are attached to a human figures back? I have the solution, a tutorial on ""drawing wings", step by step. The difference with this lesson is going to be simple. Instead of drawing wings for a flying animal, I will teach you how to make the same exact style wings for a human figure like an angel, fairy, or what have you. Another one of my favorite Marvel Comics characters is Angel. He is the son of the doctor that was trying to develop a cure for the mutant gene. He was trying to do this because his son was a mutant, and he didn't feel that his blood should be exposed to such a horrible defect. When I saw X-Men 3, I literally almost teared up when Angel broke from the straps on the stray table and extended his wings. He looked so glorious, and godly that it made me want to reach out toward him. Ever since then he has become one of my favorite figures, and because of that I wanted to make a tutorial that can show you how to draw that style of wing. Drawing bird or angel wings really isn't that hard once you know what you are about to get into. The fact that there is so many different style wings that one can create, makes learning how to draw them difficult. If you follow this lesson I am almost sure that your problem with drawing angelic wings will be lifted. All you have to do to conquer such a feat is look, read and analyze what you see before you. I also include some helpful tips and tricks that will help you understand "how to draw bird wings" in an easier fashion. I hope you find this lesson useful because I really do want you guys to learn something new when it comes to creating such beauty. Peace out folks and happy drawing!

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Drawing Wings

drawing wings step 1

STEP 1.

Now even though this diagram says "large bird" and "small bird", it is just a diagram of the different sizes of bird type wings that one can choose to draw on an animal or fantasy character. Larger wings feather or tapper off at the tips like you see here, while smaller wings stay clumped togther in a more uniform tighter pattern.
 
drawing wings step 2

STEP 2.

When drawing wings on the back of a human figure, you will need to make sure that the lining is somewhat flush with the back skin like you see here. The wings should look smallest at the very beginning as I pointed out to you here in this diagram.
 
drawing wings step 3

STEP 3.

This is a full extended view of the different positions of wings when drawn on the backs of angels, fantasy characters, or even fairies. When the wings are expanded they should look strong, steady, and full of thrust. When the wings are in a resting pose like you see on the female figire, they should look more calm, but ready for flight.
 
drawing wings step 4

STEP 4.

Are you ready to get started or what? Good, let's begin then. Before we start I must tell you that the wings will be drawn on the back of an angel. This means you will begin by drawing a circle for the head, and then add the guidelines for the neck, shoulders, and back like so.
 
drawing wings step 5

STEP 5.

Using the framing you drew in step five, you will begin sketching out the shape of the male head, and then continue down the way to sketch out the neck, shoulders, arms, and torso or back like so. The farthest you will have to draw is down to the waist so make sure to give your male angel model some shape.
 
drawing wings step 6

STEP 6.

Now it's time to start sketching out the demensional shape of the face like you see here. The jaw should be drawn so you see a hint of underneath the chin like so. Once that is all set you can then draw in the ear, and then the back of the head which is his hairstyle. I've choosen a short style but you can choose whatever you want. Now you can draw the top lining of the wing like so, and be sure to include one feather tip as seen here.
 
drawing wings step 7

STEP 7.

Continue to tackle the wings until you have a nice even set of feathers that fade into the back. The feathering tips should be bigger or larger at the top. and get smaller the closer you get towards the back of the figure.
 
drawing wings step 8

STEP 8.

Now all you have to do to finished off these fantastic wings is sketch in the light feathery detailing that every wing should have added no matter if the wings you are drawing are for birds or angels. Once this is complete you can then add some back detailing and then erase the lines you drew in step five to clean up the drawing.
 
drawing wings step 9

STEP 9.

Here you have it, a set of nicely drawn wings fit for any angel or bird. I had so much fun making this tutorial and writing out the steps for you all. I hope you found this lesson helpful, as I tried my best to help the artist understand how wings should be drawn in my point of view. Thanks for joining me today with this submission. I hope to see your return soon.