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Pixel Wings advice/help?

on: December 02, 2016, 09:57:02 am
I'm trying to create some wings, but I'm so having a hard time.   :n:

Anyone got some advice?  They just don't look right to me. :'(
I've looked at other pixel wing references too, I just need a critique please.

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Re: Pixel Wings advice/help?

Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 02:06:29 pm
The biggest issue I see here is something no pixel-wing tutorial will help you with: they don't much like wings. Have you looked at real wings? Even if you want to stylize, it helps a lot to understand what it is you're stylizing, so that you can make the wings look "wingy".
Here's a pretty nice, quick tutorial about wing structure. You can ignore the last few pages since they're about sizing the wings for flight, which doesn't seem to be your goal. This tutorial compares of bird wings and has lots of examples. Notice the things they all have in common. Those are what make them "wings", and those are the things you'll probably want to have recognizable in your design.

The shading is also not making much sense to me. Where is your light source? Pick a light source and stick to it, instead of shading each segment individually. I think once you figure out the wing structure, you should have an easier time figuring out where the shadows should go, too. It's much harder to sensibly shade something you don't quite understand :]

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Re: Pixel Wings advice/help?

Reply #2 on: December 03, 2016, 04:46:06 am
There's a Wing tutorial here that might help:


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Re: Pixel Wings advice/help?

Reply #3 on: December 03, 2016, 05:09:15 am
On the flipside, you might actually be able to work with "wrong" wing designs like that. Gives it a vaguely mythical look being basically a pair of golden bucklers like it is now, and it's not as if more ancient cultures were always the best at anatomy!
Definitely learn how wings work, but don't throw out the current concept, it can work!
PSA: use imgur also go suggest on my quest, cmon