But yes, I agree. Overtone came out kind of amazingly, for some reason... and I actually started her in December and only finished her when I posted this, so I don't know how she came out so startlingly well, but she did. I'm trying my best to improve the quality of my icons after doing so many for people that were just dull standing poses, so. You can probably tell what I mean :P
Yeah... Usually when my wings don't come out right I just keep restarting until something maybe works. XD;; (I sometimes sprite them outside of the pony body and then attach them rather than drawing them straight on. Changing things up usually helps.)
You sound just like me xD Sometimes I draw them ten times. Sometimes I draw them off the body. Sometimes I just say "screw it" and paste some other wings I've drawn before. And sometimes none of these work and I just give up for the day .~.