Whether you are interested in devils, demons, or dragons, drawing devil wings (or demon wings) is the first step to give these creatures that scary look!
How the wings should look like is entire up to you. However, there are important sections of the wings that you need to know in order to manipulate and create demon wings of your own.
Not surprisingly, these types of wings come from looking at bats. If you look at the anatomy of a bats wing, you will discover that the muscle groups and skeletal system of the arm is very similar to our own.
Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to start seeing how the arm will fit and create the wing.
Create a new layer first. This layer will contain you gesture drawing of the arm. What I want you to do is to draw the arm in a flexed position and not fully extended.
The bend in the elbow region will create that vEshape at the middle of the wing without the entire wing looking elongated.
As you work towards the palm, think about how the fingers will be positioned. Basically, every finger will become an anchor point where the flap of skin will attach to.
Think about the length of the fingers. Some like the pointer fingers to be the longest part. However, on my diagram, I followed roughly the length of a normal hand and have each finger showing the correct length.
Of course, you can leave the thumb free standing as that will make a nice claw.
As for the flaps on the arm itself, there is a top flap that connects the wrists with the shoulders. On the bottom, there is a flap that connects to the elbow form the body, and then from the elbow to the pinky finger.
On this next step in drawing devil wings, you just need to color in your gesture drawing. I suggest switching to a large chalk brush and gently paint in the flaps.
Do not just randomly paint in the flaps, however. What you want to do is paint in the direction where flaps are fanning out.
For example, start in-between the figure joints and fan out your strokes. Repeat for the entire arm as you want to create a natural flow pattern for the wing.
When you are done that, start painting in the entire arm. Again, you just need to fill your devil wing with enough colors to be smudged later.
Do not worry about how far out of the wing boundaries your strokes are. You will be cleaning it up later once you are sure of the wings texture created from smudging.
A simple step, you need to smudge in the direction of your wing. Fan out the smudges as much as you can.
Use a large chalk or round brush to get most of the areas covered. The whole purpose here is to reduce your gesture lines as much as possible while giving it a realistic texture.
At the same time, you have to be careful not smudge in the same direction where your arm is. You will be smudging the arm itself using its own flow points. So try to keep the flaps and the arm as separated as possible.
When you are done with the smudging, the next step is to erase the borders. Grab your erase brush and start defining the outer boundaries of your devil wing.
You may wish to create jagged points at the flaps to show folding or skin inconsistencies. This is an easy step that will cater to your own imagination.
When all that is done, the next thing is to reduce any holesEin your wings. You can create a new layer underneath your wing layer, paint it with a color at 100% pressure, and then merge the layers together.
This will make sure that the entire wing is a solid shape all around.
Now that you have a nice solid shape for your wing, click the option in your layers box to preserve its transparency.
Now you can paint on your wing without going out of its boundaries. From there, switch to a nice big round brush and gently glaze where the light will hit.
You may wish to also change to a smaller brush to work on details like the arm muscles or include extra designs in the wing.
Now that you understand the basic idea behind drawing devil wings, you should be able to create many different variations.
There are a limited amount of possibilities based on what your character demands. For example, the wings of a dragon are larger than that of a small imp.
Regardless of what you want to take away from this session, I hope you enjoy this simple lesson on drawing devil wings and look forward to seeing your version when you submit it on this site!