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Pegasus Wing Tutorial by WSTopDeck Pegasus Wing Tutorial by WSTopDeck
Sooooo...I had made a comment on one of *Losmios deviations about her wing structure. And she suggested I make a tutorial for it...so I did...

Huzzah! It's WSTopDeck's Pegasus Wing Tutorial!

So, the basic premise of my doing this is that I see SO many pegasus drawn with completely non-functional wings. It bothers the crap out of me. Now, I admit right off the bat that I am not an expert in bird wing anatomy, but I understand the basic structure and function. SO! On with it then I guess XD

In image one you'll see a long red oval. For me this is the ideal connection point for a wing. The front of the wing follows the curve of the shoulder. Think along the lines of the wing being attached by a joint to the top of the shoulder blade.

In the second image, you can see the basic frame of the extended wing. You'll notice that it is already about the length of my horse's body. Ideally the full wingspan should be 2-3 times the body length. It'll look more functional at least. ;)

Third image I put a base to work off of (which is actually too thin, but as it will be covered by feathers I didn't place too much importance on it).

Image four is the basic layout of feathers. I tend to use heavier bird's wings for ref. Think raptors, storks, swans, parrots, etc. Lean away from songbirds and other small avians.

The fifth image is just a more finalized look. Notice how the wing stays the same width until it reaches the body? This is how birds maintain lift. The base of the wing should NEVER narrow when it reaches the body! That goes against flight itself.

You'll see in the sixth image how the wings should 'merge' over the top of the back.

The last four images are (in my opinion) bad wings. The structures would never support flight. The last one is the one I see often and is the one that bothers me the most. >_<

Um...so yeah...I hope this helps in some way. I know it's not the most spectacular tutorial out there XD It's still best to use real wings for reference, there are plenty of great references in the stock gallery :)
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Shinybulbasaur09 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks :D 
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BlueWaterValley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your tutorial to create the wings in this pic ( fav.me/d7q8vsy ) .. the last one ;D

it helped me SO MUCH!! thank you SO MUCH for that!!
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KeroFirestar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
AHHH, someone actually made a tutorial for this? Now I have something I can link to when correcting how other people draw wing structures!

I LOVE YOU ;-; I rarely see people draw wings on horses correctly so this is a bonus! <3
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Kavahle22 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Pretty
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AppaloosaPerson Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
thanks! i've been looking for the right pegasus wings for a drawing ;) thank you thank you thank you.
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UnicornButtCupcake Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I just made adoodle of a pegasus on top of a Watermelon Lip Smacker (my artistic side wanted to draw on my Girls Life magazine ...) and this helped me alot! Thanks!
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XNedra22 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BAHHH!!! I desperately needed this! Thank you!
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zerofifi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
This is really helpful, thank you very much!
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NeonPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.I'm gonna use this it's RLY helpful cuz I been doin the style of that last wing fora long time....could you do a Pegasus foal? It would help a lot cuz I have Pegasus horses that I 'breed' in fantasy and I have to draw the foals to
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WingL Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
useful, amazing job. thanks!
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