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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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utriv Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
So awesome.
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
utriv Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
You're welcome! 
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!
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! And I'm glad somebody recommended me to you! :D
carcinocat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
This is brilliant in every possible way, oh my god.
Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it! ^^
Little-Ms-Lizzy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist



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


This is great~ :D

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
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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