It’s getting very warm here in the Netherlands again this summer! Hopefully temperatures won’t soar like they did unbearably last year when it exceeded 40°C. It was then I got inspired to paint something cooling. And what convenient timing when we were watching a National Geographic channel featuring penguins! This was also a good time to reintroduce myself to sketching whimsical animals and have a go at penguins for the first time.
And so I whipped out my iPad and sketched away on, this time, a grey background. Once again I went for the circle and square template introduced by Juliette Crane. I develop my own style though from her idea by making the circle bigger and square less angular. After googling images of anime-style penguins to get some ideas, I set about drawing my outline with the Procreate Pencil.
How cute does my lil penguin look! I then created a new layer and coloured her in with soft pastels in black, white and yellow, carefully trying not to go over the outlines. Another layer was added when I drew in the eyes with 6B Pencil. Once I was happy with my penguin, I decided the background could do with more. A pair of blue flowers were doodled in with soft pastel. And now!
Great to start practicing sketching my whimsical animals again! And the fun part is trying something new. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing a penguin for the first time and developing it into something cute! And the cooling color scheme certainly is refreshing amid this sweltering heat.