Angel wings are as popular a subject for drawing as ever, and can be used symbolically for a loved one who has passed on, or in cartoons, anime, graphic novels and the like. Please enjoy our ‘How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step by Step’ tutorial and have fun with it.
You will need a pencil, sketching paper – felt tips or crayons are optional for colour. You can leave it as a pencil sketch if you want to. We have opted for an organic drawing without a ruler or drawing out a background grid. This makes the ‘angel’ look like he/she is standing a little sideways. Think of a bird in real life – one wing rarely aligns perfectly with the other!
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 1 – Start with the Main Outline of the Left Wing
Start at the bottom left of your page and draw a relaxed ‘S’ shape in a curved diagonal line. This will form the main outline of the top of the left wing.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 2 – Mirror the Same Curved Line on the Other Side
Now you can draw an exact mirror image of this shape on the right hand side of the page. See the picture of the video to help you with this. Now you have the outline of the tops of the two wings.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 3 – Draw the Flight Feathers on the Left Wing
Starting at the top of your left wing you are going to draw 3 feather (or finger) shapes which are all roughly equal sizes. Think of them as relaxed ‘n’ shapes. See the picture or video to help with this.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 4 – Draw the Flight Feathers on the Right Wing as a Mirror Image
Repeat the previous step on the right wing taking care to mirror the feathers on your left wing as closely as possible.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 5 – Add the Flight Feathers on the Bottom Half of the Wings
Starting with the right wing you are going to draw in the feathers for the bottom halves of the two wings. Repeat this on the left wing matching the shapes of the feathers as closely as possible. Again you will be using loose ‘n’ shapes.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 6 – Join up the Start of Your First Line with the Base of the Wing
Join up the start of your first line with the bottom of each wing. Use a curved ‘n’ shape and then some smaller tighter ‘n’ shapes. Mirror this process on the other side. Now you have completed the entire outline of the two wings!
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 7 – Shade in the Top of the Wings
At this point you are going to draw a curved line right across the top of the inside left wing, as shown in the picture and video. This will extend from the tip of the feather right down to the base of the wing, as shown in the picture. Mirror the same curved line on the right wing.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 8 – Add Feathery Textures to the Centre of the Wings
Now you can draw another curved line across the centre of each of the wings, roughly parallel to the top edge of the wings. This will add further feathery textures to the angel’s wings. As usual be careful to make sure the line on the right is as close to a mirror image of the left as you can manage.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 9 – Draw in Another Curved Line around the Base of the Wings
Draw another curved line to show the small feathers around the base of the left wing, as shown in the picture. Now mirror it exactly on the right wing. This will make up the small feathers around the base of the wings.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 10 – Draw in Another Layer of Feathers
The next layer of feathers and will be like a smaller version of the bigger outline extending along the bottom edge of the wing, and will also be like the ‘n’ shapes or finger shapes we used in Step 3. Mirror the shape on the other wing.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 11 – Draw One Final Layer Of Flight Feathers
Now you are going to draw one final layer of feathers which are roughly going to follow the shape of your overall outline, and rise to a point. Again repeat this process on the other wing on the right hand side. See the picture to help.
How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 12 – Add Curved Lines to the Outside Feathers For More Detail
This is the final step. You can now add in some curved lines around the outside flight feathers near the bottom of the wings for extra detail and sharpness. See the picture to help.
If you want to draw in a male or female form in the middle of the wings you can. Or you can leave your detailed, beautiful feathered wings as they are. Halos are also optional!
You could even make your angel a little edgier by colouring in the wings grey, or even black. It’s entirely up to you!
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