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another question about dragon wings


Last time I figured out dragon wings are hands/fingers
but in that pic there is an extra "finger" not connected to the hand.
How does that factor in? (are they like dewclaws? a longer finger/craw separate from the rest?)
And more importantly, how many of those unconnected fingers should there be? Just one, like in that pic?
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Added: 6 years, 4 months ago
6 years, 4 months ago
There's a huge detail about that.
You'll find as many dragon styles, as artists drawing them.
Same with the wings~
Some use bat-like wings. Some use them just like 'umbrellas'. Some do thick, huge wings, some small ones with almos a whole hand at the end... is hard to say 'it's THIS way' when there's so much room for variations ^^
6 years, 4 months ago
True but I need an anatomical basis to work with.
The style of dragon wings varies a lot, especially in terms of "bulkiness", but I find that many of them seem to have the makeup of a hand.
Some artists almost make them look very much like hands, with the "thumb" sticking out a lot and having joints, etc. But even those that don't, the anatomical basis is still there. You can envision it as a hand, and sure enough it adds up.
This pic is an exception, because there's that stray "finger" that isn't connected to anything.
6 years, 4 months ago
I'm not sure which finger you mean. The one atop of the wing? I'd say look at that like the thumb? I dunno? .w.

If you mean the one further towards the base, well, that's just one of the main fingers, just moved down. It's all about freedom of design. Anatomy, in such a way, is never really set in stone, since we're all just drawing fictional characters. Wether all fingers sprout from the same spot, or they're done like in that picture, it's all good. In this case, I think it's more just a matter of balancing out the wing a bit, so it looks more uniform, less cluttered :3
6 years, 4 months ago
Just for the record the finger I am referring to is the one closest to the character's back. In other words the only one not connected directly to the thumb.
6 years, 4 months ago
Most dragon wings are modeled after bat wings.  Usually the extra claw is like a thumb... but sometimes it's seen only as a horn sticking out instead of a movable finger.  

But like someone else has already pointed out, there are many different ways of drawing dragons' wings.  The bat winged dragons are most common in Western art, but I've seen other kinds too.  My own 'sona uses a more pterosaur-like wing setup, with only one long finger holding the entire wingspan up... but mine is also unusual in that the wing only has one other finger, which is the standard single prehensile claw that looks like a thumb.

So it varies.
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