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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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:icondodgesmily:
dodgesmily Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I don't care what people say, this thing is cool lol I've always thought of the shoulder blade having like some kind of sockets for the wings, but this makes more sense i think 😅 though when i draw my winged peeps I'll probably forget this aha
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BrandiCraggs Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I find it interesting to justify arms vs. wings this way...without using bone structure like that of the wishbone...Nice job!
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:iconcaptain-pie:
captain-pie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Student Artist
Nicely done~. Justifying wings on a humanoid body and making them sensible, well done.
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconcaptain-pie:
captain-pie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Student Artist
No probz. You did good work here.
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:iconlorddonovan:
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wing arms aren't that hard to do, but yeah, there's really no good explanation for humanoid figures with wings in addition to standard arms. If it's scientifically or anatomically correct and/or remotely plausible, it tends to look awkward and unappealing in practice, but if it looks good it's pretty impractical if you really give any thought to what's actually going on. I prefer to er on the side of aesthetics and just try to avoid serious analysis entirely. That works alright unless you really need to see a closeup of their backs or a skeletal version of a winged humanoid.
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Moluptsinisla Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a really interesting guide :D

I always like to see how other people add extra limbs to humans :P
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:iconk-mutt:
K-MUTT Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Does anyone know where I can find a similar work about tails on the human anatomy? One as thorough and helpful?
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:iconraventalal174419:
raventalal174419 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016
really good
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfiremistcelecord1:
Firemistcelecord1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Btw I uploaded a Pic using this reference don't know if you saw it already but yeah
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:iconwill-the-ranger:
will-the-ranger Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I want to be THAT human man.
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:iconspiritofinteligence:
spiritofinteligence Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome anatomy 
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnekojellyfish:
NekoJellyfish Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
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:iconhydrona:
hydrona Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
COOL! awesome drawing :) 
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Admiral-M-10K Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student
Thank you for this. It helped me so much after wasting 2hours trying to make wings look right.[EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon 
Just thank you, thank you so much!Heart 
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help! :D
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lobisco1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist
OMG! jus what i needed!
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it helped you! ^^
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:iconstrawberryichigo4266:
strawberryichigo4266 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool

that just solved my problem of how to place 
the wings on some of my characters
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help!
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:iconstrawberryichigo4266:
strawberryichigo4266 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
😊😊😊
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:iconturtlesensei:
TurtleSensei Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh this is amazing!
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:iconturtle-arts:
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconanerolsevla:
anerolsevla Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I use this thoughts to think about angels and winged things.
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:iconhadesghostgirl:
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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:iconturtle-arts:
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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:iconlittle-ms-lizzy:
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  Student 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
riccardofederici.blogspot.fr/

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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:iconcarpe--noctem:
carpe--noctem Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist 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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:iconturtle-arts:
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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King-Hauken Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice work.
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