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STEP 1. Now even though this diagram says "large bird" and "small bird", it is just a diagram of the different sizes of bird type wings that one can choose to draw on an animal or fantasy character. Larger wings feather or tapper off at the tips like you see here, while smaller wings stay clumped togther in a more uniform tighter pattern.   STEP 2. When drawing wings on the back of a human figure, you will need to make sure that the lining is somewhat flush with the back skin like you see here. The wings should look smallest at the very beginning as I pointed out to you here in this diagram.   STEP 3. This is a full extended view of the different positions of wings when drawn on the backs of angels, fantasy characters, or even fairies. When the wings are expanded they should look strong, steady, and full of thrust. When the wings are in a resting pose like you see on the female figire, they should look more calm, but ready for flight.   STEP 4. Are you ready to get started or what? Good, let's begin then. Before we start I must tell you that the wings will be drawn on the back of an angel. This means you will begin by drawing a circle for the head, and then add the guidelines for the neck, shoulders, and back like so.   STEP 5. Using the framing you drew in step five, you will begin sketching out the shape of the male head, and then continue down the way to sketch out the neck, shoulders, arms, and torso or back like so. The farthest you will have to draw is down to the waist so make sure to give your male angel model some shape.   STEP 6. Now it's time to start sketching out the demensional shape of the face like you see here. The jaw should be drawn so you see a hint of underneath the chin like so. Once that is all set you can then draw in the ear, and then the back of the head which is his hairstyle. I've choosen a short style but you can choose whatever you want. Now you can draw the top lining of the wing like so, and be sure to include one feather tip as seen here.   STEP 7. Continue to tackle the wings until you have a nice even set of feathers that fade into the back. The feathering tips should be bigger or larger at the top. and get smaller the closer you get towards the back of the figure.   STEP 8. Now all you have to do to finished off these fantastic wings is sketch in the light feathery detailing that every wing should have added no matter if the wings you are drawing are for birds or angels. Once this is complete you can then add some back detailing and then erase the lines you drew in step five to clean up the drawing.   STEP 9. Here you have it, a set of nicely drawn wings fit for any angel or bird. I had so much fun making this tutorial and writing out the steps for you all. I hope you found this lesson helpful, as I tried my best to help the artist understand how wings should be drawn in my point of view. Thanks for joining me today with this submission. I hope to see your return soon.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9.