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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 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT :pointl: YOU ARE HERE
Part 3 - HARNESS
Part 5 - COVERTS
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 )
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…
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. ^^;
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!


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 fact, why not now? :shakefist: This is as good an opportunity as any - hold that thought. *dashes*
mio-san13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :O
SaintEros Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You did such an amazing job on this WOW. I ant believe how logical and great the result turned out!
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you think so, and it surprises me too sometimes! :D
Mizie-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Artist
i am so gonna try to make one of these
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sweet! :D What kind?
Mizie-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Artist
i haven't decided that yet :) any suggestions?
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aaah, so many! Pokemon Gijinka (pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, any of the legendary birds, etc...), birds of prey like Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, Vultures, or Parrots like Blu/Jewel from the movie Rio, or something more artistic like swan wings painted to look like a starry night sky....:innocent:

I could go on for hours~ ^^;
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