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