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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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VeiledOverdose 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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WaterdragonWave Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
heplful!
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ShadowedMoonStables Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is extremely useful! :D
I do have a question, though. How and where would a rider sit? Or would it be impossible for a rider to sit properly on a winged horse?
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Shadoweses Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
SOOO useful! Great job...
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Dappleclaw Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh I do the last one when I draw feather wings *face palm* Ah but now that you mention it, I understand what you mean with it not looking proportional/in able to fly.. though I haven't drawn wings in ages I wont make that mistake again fer sure
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sagittariussigner Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist
Nice tutorial. This explains how is tricky to draw feathered wing. The down sized wings bored me a lot. I saw many in Google when i was surfing in the internet.
This pegasus tutorial is so far one of the best tutorial of the bird wing i know. I will ref the birds wings for the fantasy creature like griffons, pheonixs, pegasus and in the some case, the dragons in the future to change the demon wings who i commonly draw in my most dragons.
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Horsielover Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Hey,
May I print it off?
It would be very helpful ^^'
x. Julie
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
This is wonderful.
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TernFeather Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! It bugs me, too, when I see drawings of pegasus and dragons where the wings get really thin where they connect to the body. There's no way it could fly like that and that's not how birds' wings are shaped, anyway. I think the pegasus in the new Clash of the Titans movie has wings that get thin at the base, which bugs me when I see the previews for it on TV.
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Taffy-Lynn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! I'm not even going to TRY adding wings to my horses until I get my tablet. :D
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OriginalCopyCat1874 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much on showing people how to do wings properly, and how not to do them. Those last four pictures make me cringe because I see them EVERYWHERE.
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ArabianJumper5 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
AWESOME!
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Nightwolfemp Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kudos... I was just complaining about this to a friend of mine... I see so many wings (feathered or otherwise) that have no logical connection to the body... alll the way back along the spine for webed bat type wings, and with feathers they shouldn't taper to a point at the shoulder joint... least I'm not the only person it drives nuts.
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irathray Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making this! Very informative. :+fav:
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DreamHorseStudios Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not quite sure, but I think these wings could also work for those of us that want to draw more draconic or bat-like wings on their horses. The joint placements seem to be very much the same. :D
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KingsLamb Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the great tutorial!
I've been searching everywhere to find something to give me a better idea of what I've trying to draw.

Mine still need much work, but this will definitely help!
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SmartOne25 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This helps a lot! Thanks! *faves*
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sweetbay Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I needed this. :heart:
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Dauntless-Gothika Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Thanks fors such a wonderful tutorial, it is really helpful:D
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^_^ Glad to be of service :)
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Dauntless-Gothika Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Student Digital Artist
U sure are very helpful:)
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sesshomaru-rules Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
ALRIGHT!! Now I can finally draw wings
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol! Yay! :D
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ghost-eye Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Finally, a reference for wings that could work on an equine
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy to help :)
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FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really cool! :heart: I think mine are somewhere in-between the third 'wrong' one and yours... more leaning towards yours - I think :D Mine are HUGE though :giggle: Though I haven't uploaded it yet...
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :) Lol, well I can't wait to see ^^
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FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll let you know when I manage to finish the thing :) I've managed to give him the most difficult pose (in my opinion) I ever had to do...
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Wyakyn Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Hoo my god!! Thank you thank you thank you!
This wil be so helpfull!
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I really hope so! :D
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Kiba222 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
good work!!
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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xXNamaste Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU. For putting this out there. I see a lot a great work that gets ruined by sloppy wingstructure (like Many-Of-Me said, in both Pegasi and Dragons!). It bothers the crap out of me too >< So thank you!
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :) I'm glad it was kinda pushed on me, I had wanted to do one for awhile really ^^ Hopefully this will revolutionize wings on dA lol
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xxEarthTones Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Wow! Thanks so much! I have a pegasi character but I never draw her wings because I can't get wings to look functional on a horse.
I think I'm gonna give it another go now! :D
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! :D Good luck!
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clarabear Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
This is really helpful, I study birds a lot so I always try to put that detail into pegasus wings. Its kind of frustrating as a birder to see wings that dont support flight
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I hope mine look okay ^^; I'm happy to hear it, with any luck this will help!
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knockingghosts Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I love you for making this, wings+horses=me having a great deal of trouble.
Note how none of my characters have wings XD
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lmao, happy to help :XD: I don't blame you! Wings are a PITA anyway, it's why I dont like doing them often XD
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vengeofthestars Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg x.x im SO glad someone did this. i HATE seeing those teeny tiny pansy wings everywhere!! they could never fly!
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