how to draw a penguin

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Penguin in 6 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of the Penguin. The red lines in each step are the lines you should draw, the black lines are from previous drawing steps. In just a couple of minutes you’ll have a completed drawing of a penguin!

Here are some interesting facts about Penguins.

  • Penguins are flightless birds that are excellent swimmers, using their flippers to propel themselves through the water.
  • These birds can be found primarily in the Southern Hemisphere, with only one species, the Galápagos penguin, living close to the equator.
  • Penguins have a special gland called the supraorbital gland that helps filter salt from their bloodstream, which they excrete through their beaks.
  • The black and white tuxedo-like appearance of penguins is a form of camouflage called countershading; the dark back blends with the ocean depths when viewed from above, and the white belly matches the bright surface when seen from below.
  • Emperor penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly 4 feet tall, while the smallest, the Little Blue Penguin, stands only about 16 inches tall.
  • Penguins can hold their breath for long periods; emperor penguins can dive for more than 20 minutes and reach depths of over 1,800 feet.
  • These birds have a thick layer of blubber and tightly packed feathers that keep them warm in frigid temperatures.
  • Penguins live in large colonies called rookeries, some of which can include thousands of individuals.
  • When on land, penguins often travel by tobogganing, which means sliding on their bellies while pushing with their flippers and feet.
  • Penguins are social animals that communicate through vocal calls and body language, with each species having a distinct set of sounds for identification.

Here’s a BONUS video of our How To Draw a Penguin easy drawing lesson from our YouTube Channel – Be Sure to Like the Video and Subscribe to our Channel to get notifications on our weekly uploads!

You can follow along with the video or use the simple drawing steps below the video as a guide!

Start drawing a penguin by following each of the 6 steps in sequence below, it’s super easy!

How to Draw a Penguin – 6 Easy Steps

Step 1: Begin by drawing the beak of the penguin

how to draw a penguin

Step 2: Next, draw the penguin’s head

how to draw a penguin

Step 3: Sketch the penguin body and base of the feet

how to draw a penguin

Step 4: Draw the back of the penguin and tail feathers

how to draw a penguin

Step 5: Sketch in the penguin’s wing and feet

how to draw a penguin

Step 6: Now draw in the penguin’s eye and finishing touches to the beak, neck, back and toes

How To Draw a Penguin

Well done, you’ve finished the How To Draw A Penguin lesson! Your completed drawing of a penguin should look similar to the picture below.

how to draw a penguin

If you want to shade or color in your penguin drawing, here’s a real life picture of a penguin to help you out.

penguin drawing


You did it! Congratulations on drawing a PENGUIN! Your first try may not have gone as smoothly as you had hoped, but I’m sure after another attempt or two you will see a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a penguin is with practice.

Are you looking for another animal to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a pigeon?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Pigeon

Scroll to Top