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Dragon Wing out of an Umbrella - Tutorial by Aliuh Dragon Wing out of an Umbrella - Tutorial by Aliuh
Umbrella's will vary
The umbrella used in this tutorial was the kind that folds like this www.senz.com/wp-content/upload…

The this ended up being 8 inches tall when folded up, and outstretched is 13 inches across. 
I wanted to make a realistic dragon wing to try and understand how the fabric would move and fold for drawing reference.



Materials for Frame
The average umbrella
Hammer
2 pairs of Needle nosed pliers
Drill and bit (optional)
Wire cutters
A nail

Materials for Fabric
Fabric
Needle
Thread
Glue (preferably super/crazy glue)
Box
Scissours

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:iconcoolcat108596:
coolcat108596 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  New Deviant
would it be possible to add a video? 
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
I don't think I could make a video at this point, but I do plan on refining the technique and when I do I will definitely make a video for you. :)
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SoccerStrider01 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
I'm sorry of this is a stupid question but do they bend?
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
I don't think that's a stupid question. :)
They bend at the elbow, and each 'finger' bends at 'hand' but there are no finger joints so they don't bend.
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:iconmonique-p-l:
Monique-P-L Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god, that's AMAZING!!! I always wanted to do something like this but i didn't have the materials for it, but now... You have saved my life thank you.
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
Thank you!  I hope it helps you out. :la:
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:iconmonique-p-l:
Monique-P-L Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! I just love dragons and I hope have the capacity to do this. :3
 Ps: Keep your good work, ok?
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
Thanks, I will definitely try, for dragons shall always rule. XD
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:iconmonique-p-l:
Monique-P-L Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
of course, dragons are ~life~
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:iconleedsninja:
LeedsNinja Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student General Artist
How do you put them on though?
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Hmm... I hadn't gotten that far.  I made them to use as reference, not to be worn, but maybe you could attach them to a stiff material like a leather belt worn around the chest? I would drill a hole in the end and maybe try sewing it to the leather with some kind of re-reinforcement. 
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:iconleedsninja:
LeedsNinja Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Alright, thanks! I'm looking at a whole bunch of different ways right now. I have to do something that I could fold up in the halls of school so I'm gonna play around with a few things. Definitely gonna try to make these as reference though, they're good.
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
You're welcome.  Good luck! And thank you. 
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:iconleedsninja:
LeedsNinja Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Could you.. Hmm.. I'm trying to make wings for a costume, which is why I'm asking, if there's a way you could. They look really cool.
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:iconsteave1425:
steave1425 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. I will do this in my hollidays. Would you like to see it, once I've done it? I could st.ash it and send you a link. :D
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Awesome!  :la: I would love to see it, if you get it. No one has ever shown me there attempts yet. 
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:iconsteave1425:
steave1425 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure when I will do this so it will take some time, but once I did it I'll let you know. :)
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Sounds good! Thank you for the interest.
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Spookiefish Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Doing this!!!!!!
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
Awesome! :la:
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MercuryBitt632 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, just out of my own curiosity, with this technique, can you make the wings articulate? I've been searching around for a good technique for a Meta Knight cosplay where I can have the wings articulate. 

Thanks in advance, kudos to you for creativity ^.^
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
By articulate do you mean rotate freely, or rotate and stay open and where you place them?  I did have an original design that actually used the opening mechanism of the umbrella to open and close together, but that didn't look as good and was temperamental.

Thank you!
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:iconmercurybitt632:
MercuryBitt632 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I was hoping for stay open just cause then you can hold the sword and still keep the wings open. Thanks for getting back to me, as you can tell I'm really spotty on DA. 
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Hmm.  I'm not sure how to do that.  I'll think on it and let you know if I find method that works.
You're welcome. :)  
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:iconthonolia:
Thonolia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I thought I'd try and took apart an umbrella... only to discover it's the wrong sort. This tutorial needs a short/collapsible one, just in case I'm not the only one that didn't get it. 

No worries, though! Just restart :D
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Sorry about that! I overlooked that part in the tutorial.  Thanks for mentioning it, I've added a note for others in the description.
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Beckytheawesome1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
100% Amazing. No more bored weekends!
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
XD Thank you. 
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:iconspacesmarts:
Spacesmarts Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
what type of fabric? what would work best?
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
The fabric that I used was from a very stretchy skirt.   I don't know what kind of fabric it was, but anything stretchy I think would be fine.
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:iconspacesmarts:
Spacesmarts Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!  =)  This is definitely so cute. 
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
You're welcome. XD And thank you.
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MayRunningBear Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
How did you attach your wings to yourself/ costume?
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Hmm.  I never actually attached them to anything. I would try drilling a hole in the shoulder end of the arm and thread something through it. 
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:icontearahk:
Tearahk Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool! And it give me a reason to use my old umbrella :D
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Thank you! :) I hope you find it useful. XD
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:iconmartisilent:
MartiSilent Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
I'm planning on cosplaying a human Toothless in the future and this is a fantastic reference! Thanks so much! :thumbsup:
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
I hope it will be of some use! :) Thank you.
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HizukiNoriega Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the helpful tutorial!
It is SO gonna come in handy for future cosplays/costumes!
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
It was my pleasure! :)  I am glad to hear it may be useful to you.
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:iconzhearse:
zhearse Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Sweet, more projects for my summer : )
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
XD Glad to hear it!

Do you mind if I ask how you came across this tutorial?  There's been a spark in interest in it today for some reason. XD
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:iconzhearse:
zhearse Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
was on www.facebook.com/SteampunkStea…. So popped up on my feed.
hope that helps
: - )
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Thank you! XD 
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SoloCrimson Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My cousin looked for this kind of tutorial for my cosplay costume, she's gonna love this ^^
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I hope it can be of some use! :)
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:iconlysanth:
Lysanth Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Thank you! 
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bearinautum Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial plus your art is awesome
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:iconaliuh:
Aliuh Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Thank you. :)
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