Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Penguin (Magellanic)" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a circle as a guide for the top part of the Magellanic penguin's body. First make four small marks to indicate the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling drawing the circle, trace the outer rim of a coin, a lid or any other object with a circular edge.
Step 2: Draw another circle below the first as a guide for the bottom half of the penguin's body. This circle should be about the same size as the first one and slightly off to the right. Don't draw them too far away from each other, otherwise the bird's torso will be too long.
Step 3: At the top, draw a small oval as a guide for the penguin's head. Just like with the circles, use small marks to draw the oval but make the sides farther apart.
Step 4: Inside the head, draw two intersecting lines to help you place the penguin's facial features later.
Step 5: To the left of the bird's head, draw a small arc similar to a less than sign (<) as a guide for the penguin's beak.