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Penguins are cute and easy to draw. Drawing a penguin is super-simple with the detailed step-by-step instructions below.
The penguin’s body shape and flippers are easy to sketch. Only the beak may require a bit of back-and-forth before it turns out perfect.
Sketch lightly in pencil first and use your eraser to remove the extra lines later. You can draw the final lines with a heavier touch.
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In the following drawing stages, I’ve highlighted each step with lines of yellow color.
You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Penguin
Draw a simple circle. Make sure that you have enough space left for the rest of the penguin.
Add a rectangle, keeping the circle on the left-hand top corner. We will later adjust the rectangle to become the penguin’s body.
Add two triangle-shapes for the wings.
Next, draw two ellipses at the base of the body, one longer, the other slightly squashed. These shapes will help us to draw the feet and claws later.
Tweak the body-shape by adding a curved line on the base of the rectangle.
Next, we will sketch the facial features; draw a leaf-like shape for the upper bill.
Draw a second leaf joining the first to complete a rough sketch of the bill.
Add two small circles for eyes above the beak
Let’s add some structure to the body; add an ellipse from the curved base of the rectangle.
Similarly, add three-quarters of a circle to the face.
Curve out the final fins and erase the straight lines.
Add two dips to the face and belly.
Add claws to the feet.
Add pupils to the eyes.
Draw cheeks onto both sides of the face.
Clean up the bill and draw the mouth.
Add further curves to the bill and body. The curving sides of the body make the penguin look like it’s leaning to the left and is more life-like.
Clear the extra lines.
Color and clean up.
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