Learning how to draw a penguin made from rectangles and triangles might seem like a weird exercise. However, it can be a good idea to work with original creations like this one to help you unleash your creativity. Indeed, not all cartoon penguins are done using long curved lines and perfect circular shapes. It's nice to think out of the box once in a while.
In this lesson, you will learn to sketch the basic example found below. This character is relatively easy to illustrate, so don't hesitate to try more postures or modify proportions if you need more practice. This lesson is guiding you through a unique version, but it's important to create your own cartoon penguin using all the tips you will learn from this lesson. Ready? Let's start this tutorial now ...
You can start by drawing a large rectangle to form the body of the animal. This shape will also be used to represent the head of the subject. The shape needs to be placed vertically as shown below. Make sure this one is large enough since more body parts will be added inside this shape.
Next, draw a large patch on the chest using a smaller rectangle. This new element is covering half of the space available inside the main shape. The rectangle is also drawn vertically.
Using thin triangles, it's now time to add some wings on both sides of the cartoon penguin. These wings are located on the lower part of the body. I have used a symmetrical shape for this example, but you can definitely use an irregular triangle if you prefer.
Under the penguin, you can sketch some feet using thin rectangles. Notice the size and the orientation of both new shapes. These feet are almost aligned with the patch found on the chest of the subject. Great work! This lesson on how to draw a penguin is progressing nicely.
Like I said earlier in this tutorial, the main shape is used to create the head and the body of the animal. Now that all parts of the body are created, let's work on the facial features.
First, you can draw the eyes using large dots near the top of the body. Both eyes are quite close to each other. Next, add a beak using a simple triangle. Excellent! We are done drawing this fun penguin. :)
This last step is dedicated to the addition of colors and simple effects inside the cartoon penguin. Indeed, instead of using only plain colors, it can be a good idea to play with gradients.
The body of the animal can be black. Both wings and feet are filled with a dark gray color. Eyes are white and the beak is orange. Notice how the patch, the beak and the wings are darker near the bottom.
That's it for this lesson on how to draw a penguin using mostly rectangles and triangles. I hope you enjoyed this one and don't hesitate to use the image below if you need to see all steps at once.
Also, feel free to try more advanced penguins from this site below. Don't hesitate to practice often! Working with complex characters can be more challenging, but you will improve your drawing abilities even faster by doing so. Enjoy! :)