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Gethins Wing Anatomy WIP by GreekCeltic Gethins Wing Anatomy WIP by GreekCeltic
Edit: Took the advice given and went with the muscle under the arm. I remove the muscle that laid over the shoulder. The simple solution almost always seems to be the best. :P

Rather than creating one muscle I tried two. The lighter area is thicker, the darker area is thinner. Because I don't want the darker area (directly under the pectorals) to suffocate the muscles that raise the rib cage. That would probably be bad for someone trying to fly, haha, or doing anything physically intense.

I didn't cover the abdominal muscles or partially cover them. I tried it and it just looked weird. XD

Any additional feedback?

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This is a WIP sketch that's a long ways from finished, but I wanted to post it primarily to get feedback. XD I know I have watchers that know a lot more about anatomy than I do.

Yeeees I know that a human's chest would have to be massive to realistically fly, there's also the fact that Gethin is way too heavy to probably even glide, XD but this is fantasy. I'm only going for a certain amount of realistic.

Any input on the arrangement of muscles?

I've added extra bones to the wing in the hope of getting around the shoulder being in the way (and also to make his wings a little more flexible, for other purposes).
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Stubble-Hub Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Minus the colored muscle variants, whats the difference between the newest and oldest? JK JK. Nice anatomy, would you mind if I used it?
DarkAreodu Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
I know nothing about anatomy whatsoever, but your newer version look a hell of a lot more comfortable for moving about.
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Artist
Hahaha it was fun watching you work on this!
spacerogue Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
even with my personal obsession with anatomy I'v never looked far into that of a bird.

This is by all means awesome, I wish more people would do this instead of just pasting a pair of wings on a human. IknowIknow its all fantasy but the diversity of ideas and solution to a problem would be awesome to see :)
Gaia1390 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
This is good but i always felt that wing muscles would connect on the sternum- inn the middle of the chest providing more stregth to each wing thrust
oboroten Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
In that case, wouldn't the sternum need to extend upward at a right angle to the chest?
Gaia1390 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
not necessarily it would however need to be a lot stronger and perhaps bigger but if its just an anchoring bone and the wing muscles, although linked, flexed separatley I see no reason why it can't work.

but then I don't know a great deal about anatomy despite staring at the anatomy diagram in my bio class rather than listening.

If you can see where my reasonings gone worng that would be cool
oboroten Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I found a diagram showing how carinate ("keel-shaped") birds have two pairs of muscles coupled to the sternum to enable flight. See

While humans have something analogous to the first pair,
the "supracoracoideus" muscle in birds is aligned differently than
Gaia1390 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
ahhh, now I see. thanks.
0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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