The image of two angel wings, disembodied from their wearer and often accompanied by a halo, has become a common element of body art, vehicle decals, clothing, accessories, and home decor. At times, this icon is employed as a eulogy for a deceased friend or family member. At other times, this symbol is used in marketing, as in the case of a popular brand of undergarments.
The use of angels and angel-like wings in art dates back millennia. Perhaps the oldest known artifact of an angel-like figure in art was discovered in Egypt. Dated at 4,000 B.C., it depicts a half-woman, half-bird, winged goddess. Male figures with wings were used in Assyrian, Babylonian, and Greek art as well.
During the Byzantine, Medieval, and Renaissance periods, angels were typically depicted as described in the Bible – genderless winged persons, male in form. From the 1800’s onward, the genderless aspect was often abandoned in favor of feminine angels.
If you would like to draw your own set of wings, you will need only a pencil, pen, or marker, and a piece of paper. This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is designed to assist artists of all ages and skill levels. Note that each step is accompanied by an illustration. The lines highlighted in blue are new additions to each step.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Angel Wings
From the uppermost point on each line, draw a curved line, angling downward diagonally. At the end of this line, draw another curved line, resembling a “U” turned on its side. Draw another sideways “U” shaped line at the end of the latter. These lines form the flight feathers of the wing. Repeat this process to form a mirror image on the opposite side.
In the center of the wing, draw a series of short, connected curved lines and “U” shaped lines, thus adding additional feather texture to the wing.
Draw a series of short, connected, “U” shaped lines curving from the feather texture to the lower inner portion of each wing. This indicates the texture of small feathers at the base of the wings.
Extend a curved line from the top of the wing and the bottom of the concave edge. Within this space, draw short, curved lines to indicate the presence of feathers.
Enclose the interior side of each wing using a wavy line. Above the wings, draw an oval within an oval, forming a halo.
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