How to Draw Fairy Wings

Artist: corelila / June 29, 2011

Step 1.

Fairy wings are attached at the middle of the shoulder blades. If you feel around on your back, you’ll be able to feel your shoulder blades. You can even look in a mirror if you really want to see what they look like. It’s very important that the   

Step 2.

Now, we need to talk about translucency and opacity. Translucency just means that you can see through something, like colored glass. A lot of fairy wings are translucent, such as Tinkerbell’s wings. The top set of wings is translucent. I like how d   

Step 3.

These are some simple wing designs to give you some inspiration. Most fairy wings are inspired by real wings found in nature. These are based off of butterflies, moths, and dragonflies. If you are going to be making translucent wings, these could be    

Step 4.

If you want to make detailed opaque (not see-through) wings, stick with me for a while. I’m going to show you some ideas for detailed wings. Make note of the ones you like. Keep their letters in your head so you'll know which tutorial to follow lat   

Step 5.

These are some bottom wings. I think they’re the most expressive part of a fairy’s wings. They can be very detailed or very simple. They can also have “tails” which hang down and look very elegant.

Step 6.

Something else to think about is overlapping. Wings have a top and a bottom, but sometimes the bottom can cover the top wing. I have colored the top and the bottom different colors to show you the huge difference that overlapping makes. This is anoth   

Step 7.

Can I ask you a simple question? Which of these fairies is good, and which is evil? If you said the top fairy is evil, you’re right. Wings have a lot of power to show a fairies' personality. Wings with smooth, flowing edges are often seen as good,    

Step 8.

Time to start drawing. Make sure to use a pencil for our guidelines! Find which sets of wings you like and match their letter to the letters you see here. If you cant find your letter, look lower! Draw the basic shapes together as you see here.

Step 9.

Now, it’s time to draw your outlines! Use those basic shapes as a guide for your pencil. It’s ok if they aren’t exactly as you see here, but keep in mind that you will be adding a lot more detail later! Pay close attention to how curvy or point   

Step 10.

Now that you’ve got your outlines, erase your guides. If you leave them in, it will be hard to do the details. Start off here with the “eyes” of the wings. Try to match the location of the eyes with where they are in the wing.

Step 11.

Now here’s some stripes for your “eyes.” Watch the way they curve and draw carefully!

Step 12.

It gets tricker as the wings get more detailed, don't give up! It’s ok to erase if you think you might have accidentally made a mistake, just remember to redo that spot later.

Step 13.

You’re done! With the top wings part, anyway. You can use this pair as a guide for your fairy if you want them to be flying. You can also use them if you want to show your fairy just standing. I will show you how to do both in the fairy tutorials.    

Step 14.

Start with your guidelines. Try to recreate these shapes on your paper. It's ok if they aren't perfect. That's what an eraser is for, and the more you practice, the better you will become!

Step 15.

Now for your outlines, use your guidelines to guide you. That's why they call them guidelines! :) Pay really close attention to the way the curves are shaped.

Step 16.

Now it's details time! When you're starting on details, everything is a lot easier if you start with the easiest part. These lines are going to influence the placement of the rest of your lines, so try to be as accurate as possible. Notice which part   

Step 17.

More details! Hang in there! look very closely at each of the curves inside each wing. Try to use the curves you have already put in your wings as a guide. They all relate to each other, and can show you how to draw something if you pay attention to    

Step 18.

Congratulations, now your bottom wings are done! You can choose to keep these as a guideline or you can put a fairy on top of or behind them. I will show you how to do each.

Step 19.

Back to our guidelines! These are just simple shapes that will make the next step easier. They dont have to overlap perfectly or even look amazing, just as long as they serve as a general guide. Try to get them the correct distances away from each ot   

Step 20.

Now, it's time for your outlines! They might look intimidating, but as long as you pay attention to your guidelines, they will take shape nicely! Look for curved edges and try to follow them as closely as you can.

Step 21.

Now that your outlines are all pretty looking, erase your guidelines. You dont need them anymore, they will only hold you back and confuse you when its time to work on the details. The crinkly designs on the inside of each wing need to be followed pr   

Step 22.

Now draw in your "eyes," and the lines that come with them. That first line is going to help you a lot when it comes to drawing the rest of the lines.

Step 23.

This is when it's going to start getting pretty tricky if you're working on set G or H. Dont give up! In this first part, use mostly straight lines to connect your "eye" to the parts of the wing that jut up at the bottom.

Step 24.

This is the last step! Hang in there! Now, you draw some curvy lines. They should intersect and look kind of like veins, or tree branches.

Step 25.

Congrats! You made it through all of those details, and now have some gorgeous fairy wings. Now stay tuned while I show you how to put a fairy on them! :) Look for a link to Part 2 in the comments!

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Artist: corelila
Date Added: June 29, 2011
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Description: Fairies are really cool. The tricky thing about drawing them is the wings! This tutorial will teach you how to draw fairy wings.