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Wing Tutorial by Thy-Darkest-Hour Wing Tutorial by Thy-Darkest-Hour


Welcome to my ultimate wings tutorial.

This tutorial will demonstrate how I create wings.

Through this tutorial you will learn:

1. How to draw your own digital feather using a mouse or pen tablet.

2. How to sketch out a rough wing outline and feathers.

3. How to position and shade feathers.

4. How to use the burn tool to add depth to a wing.

This tutorial is meant to create a fantasy wing, not a realistic one.

This tutorial is copyright to *thy-darkest-hour
The wings it contains may not be replicated. This tutorial is meant as a guide, not as a means to re-create my wing set. Please don't use it for that purpose.

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The vision of this piece is obviously very clear, and I like very much how you separated the feather tutorial for us to understand your feather technique. I have never seen a tutorial on wings in this much detail; it's amazing how detailed every single pannel is... I can't imagine how long it must have taken.

Some suggestions for improvement would be a slightly less dark colour scheme, and maybe a skinnier layout for the tutorial with less panels in each horizontal line (as it can be a bit overwhelming.) Some colour here and there would have been nice too!

Overall I found this very helpful and I hope I get around to trying it sometime. :D
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Critique by MasterInsanity May 29, 2012, 8:14:59 PM
You shouldn't really call this "Ultimate Wing Tutorial", since it doesn't go over the structure of wings nor does it provide tips on crafting wings as opposed to wholesale copying your style of wing.

I doubt this wing "tutorial" would be very well accepted with my style -- a good wing tutorial does not instruct in one style (as you have done here) but teaches about the basic structure of a wing so others may take it and apply to their style.

However, I must say, these are beautiful wings. They are just not deserving of a tutorial all of their own.
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mimi0007 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016
thank you so much!!
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lauraypablo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is an amazing tutorial!!:huggle:
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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neerajbreezy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
i loved this :D
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :D
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neofelisuncia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
feathers are a bit smoother than that, but nice tut anyway 
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, but realism isn't the goal.
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neofelisuncia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I figured 
it just kinda bothered me. but it doesn't matter
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loveyou1996 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
outline of them 
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marinaawin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I used the tutorial for the feather here: marinaawin.deviantart.com/art/…
Instead of using burn and dodge I used a soft brush with various degrees of opacity and alternating between grays. I hope iti is alright with you...
Thank you, and Happy Holidays.
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's just fine with me :floating: And your image is beautiful, thank you for showing me.
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marinaawin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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GlyphBellchime Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Might be useful to me.
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banta111 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   Digital Artist
Used your wings and hair on ANGEL GIRL.
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I visited your profile to find the image, it seems you haven't credited me for either the hair or the wings in the description. Please add links to both in the description, thanks. 
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Satzdesign Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
<font><font>thank you</font></font>
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :floating:
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zleepyland Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this to make this feather: fav.me/d6wuz1s
I made it quite a while back (before the submission date on it). I used GIMP 2.7 for it, quite pleased with how it came out. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial :3
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terriprayutm Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Newbie to photoshop (and art in general) and first attempt with photoshop at all...

but followed the tutorial and here's the result - yes, need to try again and have a long, long way to go.

terriprayutm.deviantart.com/ar…
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful :floating: Thank you very much for showing me :D
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terriprayutm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
You're welcome and thanks for the tutorial.
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Very nice, I dont care the critiques, this is great & helpful, very realistic.
Just one question: how can you make fluff like, the outer wings near the bone or youngling bird/winged animal?

Thanks :)
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm happy that you think so :D

The best way to do that is to use a small brush with using a pressure sensitive tablet in varying colors from dark to light.
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thanks, but should I have to use the same technique you use for the feather tutorial?
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course not, there are many ways to create feathers, that is but one. Back when I created the tutorial I didn't yet have a tablet and I wanted it to be mouse friendly and that is an easy way to do with a mouse.
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BlackBee23 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

omg thank you so much!! :tighthug:

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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: You're welcome, hope this is helpful :D
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BlackBee23 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It certainly will be! I can't draw wings or feathers for the life of me xD
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RonaldEM Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Excelente material.. a practicar
Gracias por compartir 
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :D
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RonaldEM Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Thanks to you :)
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Fennec-Fox-Studios Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used some of your stock on my latest manip, "Auckland."
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Please send me a linK?
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melremo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
great tutorial! thanks so much!! used here: fav.me/d6hwb2x
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing :floating: Thanks so much for sending me a link :hug:
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inge-0099 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
this is great!!!
thanx!! :D
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. You're welcome :)
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beyonceboy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
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beyonceboy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
HELLO! PLEASE CHECK OUT MY "BEGINNER" JOB BASED ON YOURS...LOL
[link]
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I'd love to check out your work, but I don't have facebook, were it on dA I'd happily go see.
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SuperSonic3 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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Used your wing tutorial this was a big help!
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THank you very much for the link, I'm always excited to see what people have created :D
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SuperSonic3 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i have to admit that at first i was finding it a little diffcult due to i got a older version of photoshop and its all named differently lol, and i used a mouse to draw the wings with, but my word it was so much fun after i got the hand of it.

very welcome ^^
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been there, so I completely understand. I once purchased a Photoshop CS book when I had CS4 and well... it didn't go so well :D I'm really happy to hear that you had a good time making the wings :D
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been there, so I completely understand. I once purchased a Photoshop CS book when I had CS4 and well... it didn't go so well :D I'm really happy to hear that you had a good time making the wings :D
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beyonceboy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
perfect tutorial!!! tks!!
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DkLt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I used the tutorial to try and learn to make wings and feathers, and once I learn more about the wing structures and how to do different positions, I will really enjoy using this technique! Here, I made this pair of wings, if you would like to see it. [link]
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful :D Thank you so much for taking the time to show them to me, I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed using the technique from the tutorial :floating:
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DkLt Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student General Artist
You are welcome, I thought one might appreciate seeing how someone had used their tutorial.
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bronzian Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have PSE 7, and no warp tool. I'm stuck. Any advice?
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