These penguins were inspired by the Let’s Make Art “Watercolor Penguins ” Tutorial taught by Sarah Cray. So you can most definitely check out their video tutorial! A lot of the steps below are similar, but not quite the same. Because I’ll be using Tombow Dual Brush Pens instead of liquid watercolors, some of the approach is different.
This project was super fun to rainbow-fy! It’s a beginner friendly project, and completely customizable! You can use any color your heart desires. You can make as few or as many penguins you’d like!
*Feel free to use any colors you like or have! These are just the ones I chose for the rainbow!
Step 1: Pencil Sketch
Using a pencil, lightly sketch ovals/egg-shapes for your penguins. Draw them in varying heights and widths! Compositionally, just make sure the bottom of your ovals are aligned.
Step 2: Paint the Bodies
Using your Tombow Dual Brush Pens, lay the colors onto your palette. Using a damp brush, pick up the color and paint the ovals. I wouldn’t worry too much about getting an even wash since these penguins are meant to be fuzzy. While the oval is wet, feel free to pick up more pigment from your palette and drop in the color (wet-on-wet technique).
Step 3: Draw the Heads
Use the N25 Dual Brush Pen.
Utilizing the brush tip, draw hook shapes for the top of the head/neck. The neck should be the thickest part, and the end of the hook (face) should be the skinniest part.
Utilizing the bullet tip, at the end of the hook, draw a tiny line/triangle for the beak and a small dot for the eye. Your beak will determine the direction your penguin is looking!
Step 4: Draw the Feet
Using the brush or bullet tip, draw a horizontal line across the bottom of the penguin’s body.
Step 5: Blend Out
Using a damp brush, pull color from the neck/feet and blend into the body. Try to keep the black toward the edges of the body to prevent muddying up the entire penguin.
Once again, you might get some blooms and interesting textures, but that’s the cool part!
Step 6: Create Shadows
Same concept at the previous step.
Using a damp brush, pull from the color on the feet and make a swooping motion away from the penguin. Try to make all of the shadows go in the same direction.
And there you have it–a waddle of Rainbow Penguins! Hopefully you had fun making this! If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to reach out!
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