Introduction: Draw: Reptile Wings


In contrast to my past mechanical drawings, I am using organic matter for my tutorial. To be honest, I sort of did this to prop for my dragon -- doubling both at the same time when I realized I ought to do something for people needing help with the wings. Then I realized my dragon was hopeless and could only be fixed with a LOT of surgery. In short, I am going to have to make another dragon to make an adequate Instructable.

I will be doing mammal and bird wings later. Reptilian wings are just one of my favorites.

Step 1: Outline and Sketch

Draw the basic outline of your wing, its form an L with an M branching from its head. This M should have elbows on each leg. Fill in the rest of the outline with lines running along the opposite of the scaffolding you drew, placing a round edge at the ends of the wing tips. Where you meet the elbows place a bit of a dent in, and then resume with the usual width you are using.

Step 2: Membranes and Claws

The wing membrane is generally leathery, though I sometimes exaggerate the elasticity of it. In this wing, I placed lots of folds and wrinkles, but you can also make a gentle curve in place of these folds -- i.e. elasticity. When making the membrane closest to the beast, put a point at the elbow's area. You can forgo this if you want the membrane to attach to the flanks of your creature.

If the membrane is stretched, place parallel marks along its edge. . . Or something like that. You're going to have to refer to the picture for that.

Then add the claws to the ends of the wing -- from the tips to the joint that conjoins the fingers.

Step 3: Refine

Take an art pencil with a softer lead and darken the lines made. Well, just darken the lines, nonetheless. This is just to make the wing look nicer for the next step.

Step 4: Veins and Shading

These two impressions go hand in hand together, as the veins must be shaded in to give proper effect. Draw the veins lightly, branching them out in random directions. Then take a shading tool (Using your finger is a bad idea -- the oil and stuff is bad for the drawing) and shade over these lines you made. Other than that, shade the thing as usual.

Step 5: Bam

Put some details to the arm and fingers, and if you like, throw in some tears and junk. This is not necessary, but if it's something you'd like, place the tears and holes at the edge of the wing. It is not possible to gain a lot of lift with a big  gap in the middle of your wing (Well, unless that's ezactly what you want). If you are truly dedicated, put in scales. Stick your signature on it and BAM. You're done!

Wings are really easy to slam out, but they are crucial to dragons because of how iconic they are to their form. You can, of course, incorporate this to another beastie, but that was just an example. Take care and, as always, bacon grease does not taste good alone.