A while back, a friend asked me to do some illustrations for a science fantasy story she was writing. One of the characters was a humanoid flier from an alternate reality world. I didn't want to do another common bi-wing man, and looked for something besides birds and bats as a model. I chose the dragon fly and the winged seeds of Acer macrophyllum, or bigleaf maple. I exaggerated the back muscles to power the wings and left the arms and legs long and spindly because they weren't used as much as with walking creatures.