How to Draw a Gentoo Penguin

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Gentoo Penguin in 6 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 Gentoo Penguin.

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How to Draw a Gentoo Penguin - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, let us start by drawing the beak of the Gentoo Penguin. Draw a small leaf shape with a small line across it to show the upper and lower beak of the penguin.

Step 2: Then, use a curved line to draw the rounded head of the penguin. Start from the beak and draw the neck of the penguin. After that, draw a circle for the eye and fill it in. Draw the bushy eyebrows of the penguin using small lines.

Step 3: Draw the Gentoo Penguin’s body using two gently sloping lines.

Step 4: Leave a blank space for the tail and draw one leg of the penguin flat on the ground, and another leg of the penguin raised slightly, as if it were walking. Gentoo Penguins have webbed feet with three toes. Draw the toes with short jagged lines as shown in the image.

Step 5: Draw the ruffled tail of the penguin using short zig-zag lines.

Step 6: Draw the outline of the outstretched wings of the penguin using gently curved lines. Add another line along the wing near the top outline. Finish the drawing by adding some lines to show the markings of the Gentoo Penguin along the neck, stomach and sides of the body. Once you finish your drawing, you can start to color in the Gentoo Penguin.

Interesting Facts about Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo Penguins are Antarctica penguins that live their lives in and out of freezing cold water. The penguins are the usual black and white birds that waddle when they walk. Gentoo Penguins eat fish, squid, and krill. A Gentoo Penguin has a white patch of glossy feathers above its eyes. They have colonies on the Falkland Islands and the Kerguelen Islands. They can also be found on Macquarie Island, Heard Islands, South Shelton Islands, and the Antarctica Peninsula. Gentoo Penguins measure 80 centimeters tall and weigh about 4 to 8 kilograms.

Did you know?

  • Gentoo Penguins can swim up to 30 mile per hour!
  • A colony of Gentoo Penguins can be over 30,000 pairs!
  • Gentoo Penguins are the 3rd largest penguin in the world.
  • The island of South Georgia is called “Bird Island” because of the large colony that lives there.
  • A Gentoo Penguin can live to be 15 to 20 years old.

Activity: A fun and simple game for children to play is “Follow the Leader.” Line up the children and tell them to do whatever the person in front of them does. This game can be as simple as going where the leader goes or doing it like a colony of Penguins!