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Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.1 by Sunnybrook1 Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.1 by Sunnybrook1
One down......*wheeze*......two to go. :faint:

EDIT 3/20/10: My first video showing wing-movement ~
:new:EDIT 10/19/13: Have you seen my
NEW video showing wing-movement yet?

EDIT 8/12/10: Made some corrections for spelling & clarification~ And wow, I've underestimated the amount of information...I've gone from 2 tutorials to 5. :O_o: make that 6...^^;

EDIT: For those with screen-reading issues, here is the above tutorial in text-based format!

Part 0 - MATERIALS
Part 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT :pointl: YOU ARE HERE
Part 2 - FEATHERS
Part 3 - HARNESS
Part 4 - ASSEMBLY
Part 5 - COVERTS
Part 6 - ARM-COVER WIP
EXTRA -  RESULTS: See what OTHER people have made following this tutorial~ :la:

The Feather Atlas
Slater Museum of Natural History

Bird Anatomy: Wing and Feather by Christ1nMe
Bird's Wing Anatomy by unkraut
Bird Wing Tutorial by TheAntimonyElement has TONS of good links~

Wing Design/Tutorial © Sunnybrook1
Model wildmage007
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Suggester's words: Realistic Wing Tutorial - P.1 by ~Sunnybrook1 is an amazing tutorial that would be useful to anyone who wants to make a pair or real working wings for a costume or for fun. I was very pleased to see that the deviant took her time to research and make the wings as accurate and realistic as possible and also being thorough in her methods. This tutorial would make any bird lover happy in their heart to see something like this. ( Suggested by BlueFlamedPhoenix and Featured by FantasyStock )
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joshuainthebox Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I've started my concept work up already....and at first I was confused at how you reached the 27.5" measurement for the basic feather.  Wanted to put this here for anyone else that might get confused too...correct me if i'm wrong but I'm assuming that measurement is roughly the length of the longest primary minus your hand measurement.  Maybe adjusted a bit so you have .5" to 1" to grip.  This allows the shaft to come back to the pivot point somewhat bare to keep from pinching the material and allowing everything to fold up nice...
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, that's about right. :D If you look at the image with the wing image superimposed on the model, you'll see that the pivot point isn't in the same spot as where most of the primaries actually come out of the reference wing, so yeah I had to play around a bit with the actual length of the feathers.

And the shaft location can be a bit lower than shown, to allow for an easier/more secure grip once the main feather is swung up to be held open. :thumbsup:
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IronMandy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist
I've been admiring these wings for a loooooong time, I really love them!
I'm going to make these for a cosplay, they're perfect! :)
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D Can you share what the cosplay is? Or is it a surprise? :la:
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IronMandy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome! :)
Sure, I'd love to share it! I will cosplay an OC that I designed a couple of month ago: a quren of the eagles. She looks like kind of a humanized eagle so she's got white hair, brown clothes, of course some awesome wings :), and a long, white skirt which should look like an eagle tail. It will be a steampunk look, do maybe I'll also be wearing somethink like goggles or so on top of my head.
I'm working on a concept art of it, I'll send you a link once it's done!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sweet, thanks! :D
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IronMandy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome! :)
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piplup8910 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey Sunny, I needed some wings for a cosplay and I came across these wings. I decided to make a talonflame for my cosplay and I am in construction of the wings but I am having some issues. 
1.) Is the material list for BOTH wings or just ONE?
2.) How did you measure the length of the feathers? Did you just make the measurements up?
3.) When making the harness, I got confused on how you twist the wire (the diagrams were a bit vague?)
Please help ;^;
PS: here is the talonflame I will cosplay 
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gah, videos are harder than they look. :faint: If you are still having trouble with the wire-twisting, let me know, I'll try to upload some more close-up photos or at least a turn-around video of the finished piece, which should allow the instructions to make more sense OR allow you to reverse-engineer it. ^^;
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey Pip, cool pokemon to choose, very hawklike~ :o Love getting these previews of the new generation that I'm behind on...

So, answers!

1) BOTH

2) I originally took the measurements of a raven feather in centimeters & turned it into inches (aka scaled it up 2.5 times) and found the resulting wing size pleasing. NOW I take a straight-on photo of the wing I want and scale it to another photo of myself arms outstretched holding a yardstick. I fiddle with it until I'm happy with how it looks, then I import the resulting image into illustrator, make sure my 1-inch artboard matches the inch-measure on my yardstick, trace the feathers in illustrator and print them out to use as patterns.
^^;
A bit of a process, I know, but it works for me.

3) Ah, wire twisting is tough to describe sometimes, may make a video showing how I do it in the future...in fact, why not now? :shakefist: This is as good an opportunity as any - hold that thought. *dashes*
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