Much of the information is the same but I have also added extra details and changed a few small things overall
While working on my book, I put a great deal of thought into one of the main races found in the book, the legnarians. I have tried to make this race a "possible" as I could while still keeping some of the fantasy feel thus many large anatomy changes from the normal human.
This tutorial is basically the big points I have come up with for the legnarians and what I think could help with anyone who is working on their own winged races.
Cheers and happy drawing
legnarians/Askerda Saga c) me
I've been wondering about the anatomy for my winged character, though I think I can get away with things since he's a robot, I was just so confused on how to add "tail feathers" to him. I never thought about the calves! Now I gotta redesign his boots so they don't get in the way of those feathers.
A) Would it be easier for them to fly if they were around 4'6" tall instead of human-sized?
B) Would it make sense for them to have both hollow bones and air sacs? As in, would their bodies be sturdy enough to handle a bit of damage that way?
A) The main thing to think about is weight. The smaller the stature the better but as long as the wing size/weight/blahblahblah gives the body enough lift then go for it.
B) Hollow bones don't do much with weight overall and they are actually very strong. Air sacs are mainly used for increased oxygen absorption, as the energy required for flight is incredibly high, and to distribute weight. They don't do much for or against sturdiness (falcons can slam onto prey at very high speeds and fly away easy) so I wouldn't worry too much on damage.
In any case, everything is your final decision in the long run
One more question
if a flying humanoid did have a tail and bird like legs and talons could that work 0-o Just curious.
The musculature is built in under and around the "small" muscles of the arms (the second set of pecs, for example, stretches from about the collarbone to the bottom of the ribcage). I'm planning on possibly doing a second tutorial with the muscles and skeleton but we shall see
I still prefer to keep one kind on a creature (just feathers or just fur) but, intersting thoughts!
Legnarians are genetically avian but, of course, there are diversions from a normal bird. Females give birth to one live young at a time, but they are much smaller than a normal human child (they average about 10 to 15oz at birth) so the mother does not gain a huge amount of weight. Even though they can technically still fly, mothers usually don't the last few months of pregnancy (which can last about 5 months). Since they are not mammals, they have no mammary ducts, so, the females do not have breasts like humans. The only main difference in appearance is the effect of testosterone and estrogen to their faces, voices, and amount of muscle (though the effect on the muscle size is small compared to humans).
I have A LOT more to this but that be the basics, hope it answers some questions
And thanks, I love drawing wings (don't do them as much as I want though )
Actually, the arm length is completely intentional. Since they have a tree/cliff based lifestyle they often go to all fours while taking off, climbing, etc. Their palms, fingers and toes have also lengthened to help in this as well
If you wanted them folded all the way closed in the front, you would either need to get rid of the arms and move them to the sides or give a few extra bones to stretch them around (would be pretty funky that way though). Birds can stretch their wings around when open (called mantling) where they basically form a "tent" over their prey --> www.flickr.com/photos/loshak/5…
That could be a form of "shell" I guess
I searched -in vain- for the wings' position I had in mind.
I was thinking as a normal body (if you want to do it realistic it doesn't look as pretty) and the wings, slightly bigger (imagine a guy as an albatros with huge wings) folded straightly in front of him, leaving space for his head, a bit like a protection.
Or like an angel or a demon coming to tell you you're dead.
That's the guy with wings; >I<
Same guy but with closed wings; \º/*
*The slashes are the wings and the º is his head.
Any tutorial about that kind of folding? Or a drawing? Or a simple scrap?
If I make a skeletal/muscle tut, I might do some random sketch dump stuff at the end
Genius. O_O You just helped me figure out how my own avian species was able to do that increased flexibility with the wings there. O_O~
I would LOVE to see any muscular and skeletal structure tutorials you do! XD I love that sort of thing! :3
Been super busy writing but getting to a place that might give me some time to to another tut