In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Fairy Penguin in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.
Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.
At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Fairy Penguin.
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How to Draw a Fairy Penguin - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Draw the head as shown above, having one part stick out for the beak.
Step 2: Use a circle with a line attached to the top for the eye. Draw a single line for the opening in the beak.
Step 3: Draw the body with two curved lines that continue from the head.
Step 4: Draw the wings using a few curved lines that start on the inside of the body and meet at a curve.
Step 5: The tail continues from the body, and to draw it you just continue that line but stop soon and then draw lots of indents and rough edges to make up the tail feathers. Connect to the right half of the body.
Step 6: Draw the leg from the bottom of the body and make it look like it splits into two parts. Then add the webbing in between the toes using two lines.
Step 7: Draw the other leg by simply drawing the same type of foot pattern from the first leg, knowing that the rest of the leg is hidden by the body. A small part of the foot will be hidden by the wing. Your Fairy Penguin is now done!
Interesting Facts about the Fairy Penguin
When visiting Australia, tourists love to check in on the Fairy Penguins. Normally, you would find penguins in cold places, like Antarctica, but the Fairy Penguin can be found along Australia’s southern coast. Fairy Penguins like to travel in small groups when they either hunt for food or look for other penguins to play with.
Did you know?
- Fairy Penguins are expert swimmers, and they often have to dive underwater to catch small ocean creatures for their meals.
- While Fairy Penguins tend to spend a lot of time in the water, they actually stay dry! This is because their feathers are oily. Their tails keep the rest of their bodies oily so that they will stay dry.
- The normal colors of a Fairy Penguin’s feathers are blue for the body and white for the chest.
- A full-grown Fairy Penguin is about 45 centimeters tall. That’s still pretty small.
One thing Fairy Penguins have in common with other penguins is that the females will lay the eggs and then the males will sit on the eggs until they hatch. Normally, the eggs need to be warmed, or “incubated”, for about 40 days. Once they hatch, Mommy and Daddy Penguin take care of them until they are three months old. Then, they are old enough to take care of themselves.