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Humanoid Wing Anatomy Whatnot by Turtle-Arts Humanoid Wing Anatomy Whatnot by Turtle-Arts
So, someone was asking me about my thoughts on anatomy and skeletal structure for winged "human" characters and it made me think "Huh... how do I think about that?"

So I decided to do a quick little ten minute sketchy thing of how I roughly perceive the anatomy of my own winged character, Roland. He's fairly typical in the sense that he's meant to have pretty close to human body structure (like what most people seem to want for their winged characters). But there are a couple little things that I do different for him compared to other characters. This may not be how you choose to portray anatomy for these kinds of characters, which is fine, but this is just kind of how I imagine it. :nod: P.S. Roland has sparrow bone structure for his wings, which is a pretty average bird build. But for a character with something like bat wings, I would do it pretty much the same way, just with some slight differences to accommodate for bat bone structure.

And hey, while we're on the subject of weird things about winged people, you may find this amusing as well. :> (same character as who's shown in this pic btw)


*EDIT* Okay, I think I need to explain this a little more to you guys. This image was not drawn as an attempt to provide a scientifically or anatomically "correct" version of a winged humanoid. We like to talk about the features that would really be required for humans to fly, but when most people draw a winged human they just give them regular human dimensions and proportions through the chest and shoulders with wings that just sort of connect without any particular musculature. And this character of mine is pretty typical of that formula. His body structure is almost perfectly human, but he still has wings. So this sketch was done simply as a possible solution to making this sort of wing-to-human structure look just a little more feasible. I know that in reality this sort of build would never be flight capable. But hey, this is fantasy, and it's never going to look scientifically anyways because it doesn't exist in the real world. So please, there's no need to keep pointing out what sort of features I should have included or changes that I should make if I want this to be more "accurate" because it wasn't meant to be "correct." It was just meant to be a possible suggestion for a bone structure for winged characters with this sort of build. Also, I'm completely aware of the weirdness of the tail. I was aware of it when I drew it, and I didn't care to change it because that wasn't the point of the drawing. Maybe if I had taken more than ten minutes to do this I would have done more realistic bone structure, but this image was just done as a quick answer to a friend's question.
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:iconturtlesensei:
TurtleSensei Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh this is amazing!
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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anerolsevla Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use this thoughts to think about angels and winged things.
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HadesGhostGirl Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
That is actually how I see this structure working... This is great!
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhadesghostgirl:
HadesGhostGirl Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
C: My pleasure
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:iconutriv:
utriv Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
So awesome.
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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:iconutriv:
utriv Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
You're welcome! 
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Iliaytira5006 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, this is really interesting. I was actually recommended to your work by another artist since she saw I was working on a humanoid character with wings. This will definitely help me solve some structural issues. Thank you! Keep up the great work!
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! And I'm glad somebody recommended me to you! :D
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:iconcarcinocat:
carcinocat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
This is brilliant in every possible way, oh my god.
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it! ^^
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Little-Ms-Lizzy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Interesting.

 

I always put my human wing design above the shoulders rather than below o3o

 

This is great~ :D

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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^ And it's always made more sense to put them below the shoulders to me. Not much room above the shoulder for them after all. XD
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SinjaAussiaAngels Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome study. Sometimes when you actually look at the skeletal anatomy to understand your character, it could be enlightening and sometimes fun to do.
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Vize-kun Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Daaaaaaang
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Ignifero Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
iiiffffff you allow me, I would like to shear this with you, it may be helpfull
i'ts from this guy
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He makes the same work on the wings so I think youmay like it, I do : P
Enjoy ^^U

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Shiro-Kishi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student General Artist
This has given me some good ideas XD Thank you ^^
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! ^^
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carpe--noctem Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice concept!
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Sikudhanii Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I have a species of Winged people (in a story of mine) and I've been racking my brain on a particular part, where their anatomy is explained. More so how their wings are attached! This helps so much!
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! ^^
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:icongameaddic99:
Gameaddic99 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Good job :D
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:iconking-hauken:
King-Hauken Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice work.
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Mineriva Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I like it because I thought about the wings the same way, but I have never sat drawn and sketched it.

And yeah I like this idea the most. I often see that the wings are placed on/at the shoulders but for me I guess the wing and the armshoulder would handicap each other - but I don't really know.

So you draw that what I had in my mind - thanks <?xml:namespace prefix = da />w00t! 

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nikutsuki Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
This is so gorgeous! How did you manage to draw it in ten minutes? I wouldn't be able to do something like this in ten years XD
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, quick sketching my friend. I've spent a long time trying to force myself to sketch quickly. And I've had classes to help with speed, so that helps too. XD
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MaximWolf Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
looks like some one has the same theory as me ^^ fav.me/d696fl4
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DJDerman Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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:iconqueenanty:
QueenAnty Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is super neat
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :>
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TheKhesireKat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ppl like u mak it look so easy :D wel done!
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, thanks. XD
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ParasiteGal Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Writer
Amazing!
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:iconnecronoise:
Necronoise Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is perfect!
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it has it's flaws, but I still like it. XD
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Batiemily Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very cool!!!!
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always imagined humanoid wings to be at the shoulder blades. This is quite helpful :meow:
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it helped you out! ^^
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kmathel94 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist
very cool1
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Drag0n-Princess Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
THIS IS SO HELPFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MetalHarpey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is certainly an interesting point of view, I always clutter the wings onto the shoulders and such .-.
I feel so bad now lol xD

I'll probably re-do some with this ref. Much more realistic anyway.
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daddyconnolly Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
very interesting, good stuff
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
I really like this. I came up with a pretty similar conclusion, myself [link]
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah! So you did! ^^ Though looks like you probably put a little more than ten minutes into yours. XD
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Techlynn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Somehow I missed this in my inbox. Now how'd that happen? :/ It's so neat! I always admire how much thought you put into these types of things. I've thought about this with Tsunally as well and attempted drawing "anatomically correct" structure before too, but it was so long ago and my skills sucked. ^^; Just one of the things I really need to have a go on again when I can draw again. :)
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CPT-CUPCAKE-art Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is amazing and I love it
After seeing this, I can't imagine how a humanoid wing structure would really be able to work if it were any other way. Very helpful and much thanks to you for doing this ^.^
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