Another public domain tutorial from Dee Dreslough. Feel free to copy and redistribute freely!
Step 2 - Feathers
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|The next step is to add guidelines for all the major feathers. Notice the shape of the far edge of the wing...it
mimics the bend in the elbow of the wing bone. Also, notice how the primaries off the hand extend far out.
I could go into the reasons for the shape and aerodynamics and all that, but I'm sure there's some bird-loving website out there that can do that all much better than I can. :) Remember: Reality is your best teacher. Go and find pictures of wings to draw if you want to really perfect them. This tutorial is only a way to help you get started.