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Hiiiiiii!! So............... I was wondering if, perhaps, some mighty art sovereigns could give me some tips about drawing wings.

 

     I'm trying to draw a RoB-style Windwalker... and I swear I've been drawing, erasing and re-drawing these darn wings for HOURS. No matter what I try, though, they just don't seem to look right. I've always been horrid at wings... so I was hoping someone here might have some insight. What am I doing wrong? What should I do to make it better?

 

Here's the drawing....... to save myself a bit of embarrassment, let me tell you that I drew all this with my fat finger, since I don't have a computer or stylus right now. XD XD

 

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So I'm still trying to learn to draw dragons, but I HAVE drawn wings before. Have a portion of the end of the wing fold over slightly so it doesn't look as stiff and 2d :) I can do a quick sketch and reply to this with it!

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Oooooooooh, that makes sense. Okay; I'll definitely do that! Thanks a bunch for the tip!!!!! :D

 

     I'd love to see your quick sketch as an example, if you want to show me. :)

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I'm on mobile rn so it won't

I'm on mobile rn so it won't properly put the link in but here is a really bad sketch because I'm currently out of it

https://imgur.com/a/lf8t5Mu

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Yay; thank you!!! I'm gonna study this, hehe. ;3

 

     It's actually not bad at all, btw... I've always loved that sketchy/messy look. :D

 

     

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I'm not one who's eligible to give out art advice but for something that was drawn with just your finger, it's so good! <3

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AH! Thank you, hehe! You just made my day!! <3

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I think you already got a

I think you already got a good thing going with the wing! it looks good! Perhaps like Moss had suggested, making it overlapse will make it more interesting. If you want to go into more detail or something advance I'd say maybe instead of have the under wing line curve up to meet the joint have it parallel to the limb then create an agle might make it more natural. I'm not sure. It's a nitpick detail at this point so don't worry about it

 

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AHHHH, thank you so muuuuuch!!!!!! This was very useful. :D

 

     Ooooooh....... I had no idea how to draw that under-wing line, so I just sorta assumed it sagged XD but your version is SOOOOO much better!! Thank you so much for that "have it parallel to the limb" tip... I think my woeful struggle with wings might be a bit lessened, now!

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The windwalker from that game seems to have 'triangle wings'. I'm not really seeing distinctive arms or fingers in the source material. I'm not sure if it's really the case but the wings seem stiff, like they have very limited movement. I don't think the wings can curve or fold much at all! From the refs I've seen they're always spread outward and can't seem to bend much.

 

I think you're overthinking the wings a bit; I think you can safely forgo the arms and the fingers in the wings, and not pay too much attention to anatomy. You drew the wings semi-folded and did a pretty good job! However I don't think the dragon from the game is actually capable of doing that. I think you can get away with actual triangle wings on this one.

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Eeeeee!!! Another Art Sovereign!! Thanks a lot!!!!! :D

 

     Haha, yeah. xD Those triangle wings have always annoyed the boogers out of me, because it seems like they wouldn't be able to fly with those inflexible things. X'D I was trying to make the wings more realistic, while also paying homage to the source material by making the wrist-area-thingy extra pointy... although I don't think I did a very good job. XDDD

 

     Now that you mention it, though, I feel guilty for being unloyal to the original RoB Windwalker. x3

 

     Anyways, thanks so much, Varku!!! I think I need to study the source material more in general, lol.

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Hi, everyone!! Hopefully, this looks a bit better!

Thank you all so much for your advice!!!! I'm not sure if I did the finger-thingies right... but I think it looks way better than it did before, at least! :D

 

     Quick question.... I relied heavily on Moss and Cham's references, so should I credit you whenever I post the windwalker?

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At least in my opinion, crediting when simply learning from someone is not needed at all, especially when they're willingly letting you. I don't speak for Cham, but don't feel pressured to credit me for something that you taught yourself with a vague badly sketched reference I drew ❤️

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Okay; thanks!!! I just wanted to be sure. ;3 Thanks again for the help; you're awesome!!!!!!! <3

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์์No need! You are the one

์์No need! You are the one taught yourself after all!

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Nah; I had wonderful teachers! <3 ;3 Perhaps my long and slow journey towards betterment has now been initiated, lol. Thank youuuu again!!!!!!