Flight Study: Flight Motion

Two sketches of the same pegasus in flight, with different wing positions

While looking for reference pictures of birds’ flight motion, I came across some studies by Etienne Jules Marey, in particular his “Motion study of gull’s flight” (second to last picture in the article). For these sketches, I’ve tried to transfer two of the mid-flight poses to my pegasus model. By the way, she should really should get a name and cutie mark some time. :D

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Wing Study: Rushing Down

Pegaus rushing downwards, wings mostly upward, only the primary feathers horizontal

While looking for reference pictures of flying birds, I came across a photo of an owl, which had it wings in a similar position while rapidly approaching ground. Pegasi obviously aren’t birds of prey, but rushing downwards in a precise motion should still be useful — and it’s important for making an impressive landing. I’m looking at you, Rainbow Dash! XD Wing sections are marked as usual.

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Wing Study: Spread Downwards

Pegasus standing with her wings spread downwards and to the front

This is an attempt to apply what I’ve learned so far about wings and how they move, without using any further reference. Variants of this pose may be useful for preening, protecting foals or letting water drip out of the wings. Once again I’ve marked the three main sections of the wing.

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Wing Studies 2

Pegasus in flight

More wing sketches! In the first one (above) I’ve tried to transfer the pose of the topmost swan in this photo to a pegasus. Of course, I could only guess the exact bone positions, but I think they make sense. :-)

The second sketch (below) shows the same pegasus folding her wing. The bones are marked in red, the primary feathers (those attached to the last bone near the tip of the wing) in green. This is an attempt to figure out how the joints and feathers move.

Pegasus standing with semi-folded left wing, wing bones marked in red, primary feathers green

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Wing Studies

Pegasus seen from the side with raised wing, wing bones and associated wing sections marked in color

As you can see, I’m trying to figure out how to draw wings. Sadly, there are no real pegasi to study, so I’m looking at the next best thing: birds. The most useful resources I’ve found until now are:

The video is probably the most useful, because the bones and their relationship with the feather sections are shown in different poses and animated movements. The most important things I’ve learned so far are the rough bone structure and that there’s a section of feathers for each bone section. I’ve marked those in the sketch above.

Appropriate music for the topic: “On Pegasus Wings” by Dreamsong. ;)

Sketch of a pegasus with spread wings, seen from above

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Wing Practice

Sketch of Rainbow Dash with some points and lines marking wing and leg structure

I still need to practice how to draw wings and ideally find some kind of systematic approach.

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Curled Up Rarity

Rarity, curled up and asleep

It’s late, I wanted to draw Rarity, and ponies sleeping curled up are cute, right? =^-^=

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