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How to Draw a Cute Penguin

Learn how to draw a cute penguin with this easy step by step tutorial. A hat and scarf add some extra personality.

How to Draw a Cute Penguin

Penguins make great drawing projects, especially for younger elementary students, because they just have such clearly defined bodies. There’s no fur to figure out, no complicated arms or legs with muscles that need to be defined just so. They just have their roundish bodies, flippers with easy black and white coloring.

One way to add just a little more fun to a penguin project is to propose some cute accessories. This tutorial shares an easy way to add a fun hat and scarf. They’re just a little extra touch to make things go from cute, to super cute. (Always good lure to get students extra engaged!)

How to Draw a Cute Penguin

How to Draw a Cute Penguin

  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.

Step by Step Directions for How to Draw a Cute Penguin

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a Cute Penguin

  1. Start the scarf at the neck.

  2. Draw the head above it.

  3. Add the outline of the face.

  4. Draw the eyes and cheeks.

  5. Draw the body and belly below.

  6. Add the flippers and feet.

  7. Draw a hat and scarf ends.

  8. Erase lines and add background.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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