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WIP - Realistic Wings by Sunnybrook1 WIP - Realistic Wings by Sunnybrook1

Well, this has sort of become the splash page for the rest of my tutorial, links are below! :D


Each feather is made out of straightened hanger-wire with two pieces of fabric painted back-to-back over it (think fabric sandwich, with the wire on the inside).

I've added more secondary cover-feathers since these shots, I've replaced the circulation-cutting arm brace with a glove, and I still have to add the arm-hiding fabric/feather combo, but I'm really excited about how these look~

Want to make your own? Check out my budding tutorial!
Part 0 - MATERIALS
Part 0.5 - TOOLS
Part 1 - CONCEPT
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:

Followed the tutorial? Fill out this survey to tell me how it went, I LOVE seeing and sharing what others come up with!


Livejournal post :pointr: community.livejournal.com/furs…
See them in motion! :pointr: youtu.be/jel7W19CxdI
EDIT: See TWO of them in motion! :floating: :pointr: youtu.be/nE5hPNaau5Q
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:iconanarchic-world:
Anarchic-World Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
^^
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:iconicetigris:
Icetigris Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010   General Artist
What kind of glue did you use to laminate the fabric around the wire? Also, are the wires prone to getting bent? These look really awesome!
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Question 1: Paint - in this case, a gallon of cheap, white, Walmart paint for $10.
Question 2: Nope - It's straightened hanger wire, which is pretty thick (though thickness varies) and takes heavy-duty pliers to change shape. They've held up well so far~ :nod:
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:iconicetigris:
Icetigris Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010   General Artist
What kind of paint was it? Acrylic, tempera, or something else?
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol, just regular old interior paint. The label says, "Latex Flat Wall" and "matte", so nothing fancy.I was actually using gesso at first! But the wall paint is MUCH cheaper, and works the same~

Just try using what you already have on a small sample of fabric, and if it works, it works! ^-^
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:iconzettaslow-skullkid:
ZettaSlow-SkullKid Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
EPIC. WIN.
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Indeed ~ :floating:
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:iconrenaebrasil:
RenaeBrasil Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Skills. Serious skills.
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Serious business. :sarcasm:
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:iconwatashiveracasan:
watashiveracasan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
ooooh cooooool~

Is Dante making similar ones?
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dante? Is that someone on the dA doing something like this?! :excited: *gets excited at the thought*
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:iconwatashiveracasan:
watashiveracasan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Dante from the rangers is attempting to make fold functional wings hopefully for kumori ^^
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gah, I don't remember who Dante iiiiiss....*must have early-Alzheimers* T^T

Well, point'em my way, I love collaborating~
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Wolf-of-Malkuth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Um, dude?! Awesome! 8D These are so cool! I also like how if you let go of the end, they'll just follow your arm and not obstruct whatever your hands are doing.
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup, I'll be able to open doors & function mostly normally while wearing them. It also makes me wanna cosplay as a Rito from Wind Waker... :shakefist:
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:iconwolf-of-malkuth:
Wolf-of-Malkuth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Haha! Definitely should happen. :D
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:icondeathlikescats:
DEATHlikescats Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
these are just perfect! very proportional and lovely. I LOVE how the light shines through like real feathers. :)
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Me too! I can't wait to try this with different kinds of fabric - this was just cheapo stuff I found laying around the house, to act as a pattern for future work.
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Ferchii Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
the wing looks excelent owo!
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you think so~ :la:
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:iconashiichan:
Ashiichan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool indeed! I am really impressed at the realisim you've created in the wing itself - from the individual feathers to the cover feathers and actual mechanisim behind it. How did you manage to put such a mechanisim together to simulate an actual wing so closely?
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
After staring at TONS of pictures of bird wings, I designed on paper (keeping it as simple as possible) a way to mimic the motion. The way a birds wings open reminded me of a hand fan, so I started with that.

Made it all out of paper first, in miniature form. The primary feathers (first 13) act like a giant fan, all connected to a long screw. While not quite anatomically correct, they create the illusion of it when open or closed. The fill ins are attached via alligator clips to a length of wide elastic that is then attached to my shoulder harness. After tying each feather together to limit how far apart they can go, I let gravity do the rest.

The secondary cover feathers are paper now (to act as a pattern for future fabric additions) and layer in a way that hide the fact it's not another row of feathers, but just bits of the previous feather overlapping the next.
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:iconashiichan:
Ashiichan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
alligator clips? wow - that is really neat! I would never have thought to start with a hand fan, but when I think about it, you're right - especially for the wingtips! The secondary feathers are really cool too, for the ways you mentioned and because many people kindof glaze over, or forget about them when they make costume wings. Even in costume studios I haven't seen such realistic wings except for very high-budget productions. Again, these are beyond cool! I am really impressed with how you figured out the mechanisim and the size for each individual feather so that the wing and the feathers were proportionate to you. Very cool!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well I made a smaller scale model of my arm (with tubes of paper), made a paper version of the wing/silhouette, then based my larger scale off of that -> [link] <- *snaps a picture*
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:iconashiichan:
Ashiichan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the whole project must have taken much longer than the final product assembly, for sure then! I never would have guessed how to go about designing something so accurate - starting from scratch when no one's really done something like that before, that is. very impressive! You're improv ability is something to be marveled at!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup, a lot of brainstorming, effort, and persistence went into this. I'm just glad that it works like I wanted it to, though there's a lot of improvement to be had. I think I'll be busy for quite a while...:D
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:iconashiichan:
Ashiichan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, for a first time thing, I think you did wonderfully! I can imagine that getting to the final FINAL result will be a while, yeah. ^^' good luck, huh? you're already way ahead of most people, for sure! ^_^
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Orchid-Noir Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
These are phenomenal!
With this as a start I don't see anyway your finished project is not going to be stunningly incredible.

Wow.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!

Funny story - as I was adding the final bit of fabric to hide my arm a friend of mine mentioned that my wings looked better without it, with all the wires/square-edges showing like this. ^^; I can sorta see it, reminds me of steampunk, or the cardboard set that I made initially.
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Orchid-Noir Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
As one that loves to see how things work I think that leaving their "bits" showing is pretty stunning, too.. that whole Icarus feeling (be careful, lol).
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Will do - I'm really excited about these, there's so many ways to modify them for other costumes...:plotting:
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:iconvrisk:
Vrisk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
That's genius. Seriously, that's going to be amazing.
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks - I'm just sad that starting from scratch like this means they take FOREVER to finish. I almost wish I could wake up one morning and discover them magically finished in the night, so I could put them on and flap around town surprising people all day long. :fingerscrossed:
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:iconvrisk:
Vrisk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Do it in front of a church. I dare you.
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I accept! :plotting:

PS - actually, my church has hinted that they'd like a pair for a Christmas skit...^^;
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:iconkshadow1151:
KShadow1151 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wait a tic...that shirt says spokane...do you live in spokane?
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Curses, I've been discovered! :sprint:
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:iconkshadow1151:
KShadow1151 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool cos so does I! We should hang out sometime cos ur cool XD
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, here's a good opportunity -> [link] <- (read the posts, you'll catch on quick) :nod:
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:iconkshadow1151:
KShadow1151 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds pretty awesome,I'll be going prolly with my camera and like our cosplays prolly lol
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:iconkshadow1151:
KShadow1151 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lol so I have a bunch of friends that wanna go too XD will you be bringing the wing awesomeness?
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:iconnathow111:
nathow111 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
GHASP! I live in Spokane too! We should meet sometime.
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:iconkshadow1151:
KShadow1151 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
DUDE THESE ARE SO AWESOME! I want some XD
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:iconsunnybrook1:
Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Me too - *glares at them, unfinished* - WHY AREN'T THEY DONE YET? T^T

Sometimes I wish paint would dry faster...
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prototism Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Incredible craftsmanship. Did you study bird anatomy for this project? They look completely professional, and although I am a layman when it comes to aviary anatomy, these seem perfectly scaled.

You could probably patent this, and sell it.
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I thank google for image study/anatomy, and the dA too - birds are a popular subject to draw, so there are many good tutorials floating around about them~

I based their size/shape on Ravens, since I plan on cosplaying one in the future. I don't know about patenting, but I've already started on a commission for a set of these for a friend - Peregrine falcon, though. :nod:

Thank you for your kind comments. :D
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prototism Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
True. To some you would be "selling out" if you patented this work of art and sold it on a large scale. And yet, if I could afford to pay you a fair amount for these, I would want some for my own "wingspan" too. Mount them on my wall or something.

Will you be uploading the end result of both "your wings" and "your friend's" wings, sometime in the future?
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup, I'm taking as many pictures as I can after I finish these. :nod: While these ones are arm-based like a harpies, I'm looking forward to combining my feathers with this framework :pointr: [link] :pointl: to create fully collapsible/spreadable wingspans!

And once I'm done making the first 2 or 3 pairs of these wings, I'll also have an accurate grasp on the price of materials & amount of time it takes to make them. This one isn't an accurate judge, since it's the first and from scratch.
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:iconprototism:
prototism Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
It is already aesthetically pleasing for a prototype. I look forward to seeing the final, perfected form.
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September1863 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My god, those look amazing o.o
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