How to Draw a Penguin in Cartoon Style

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.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Different looking Penguin, Dove, and Peacock.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Penguin

How to Draw Penguin: Step 1

Draw a simple circle. Make sure that you have enough space left for the rest of the penguin.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 2

Add a rectangle, keeping the circle on the left-hand top corner. We will later adjust the rectangle to become the penguin’s body.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 3

Add two triangle-shapes for the wings.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 4

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.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 5

Tweak the body-shape by adding a curved line on the base of the rectangle.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 6

Next, we will sketch the facial features; draw a leaf-like shape for the upper bill.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 7

Draw a second leaf joining the first to complete a rough sketch of the bill.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 8

Add two small circles for eyes above the beak

How to Draw Penguin: Step 9

Let’s add some structure to the body; add an ellipse from the curved base of the rectangle.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 10

Similarly, add three-quarters of a circle to the face.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 11

Curve out the final fins and erase the straight lines.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 12

Add two dips to the face and belly.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 13

Add claws to the feet.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 14

Add pupils to the eyes.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 15

Draw cheeks onto both sides of the face.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 16

Clean up the bill and draw the mouth.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 17

Add eyebrows.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 18

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.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 19

Clear the extra lines.

How to Draw Penguin: Step 20

Color and clean up.

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