In honor of the latest DreamWorks animation film, Penguins of Madagascar, we thought we’d enjoy a chalk pastel painting! The penguins are such funny little characters and we had fun remembering quotes as we sketched.
“Just smile and wave boys. Smile and wave.”
We used these chalk pastels colors: black, orange, yellow and blue.
Now we first tried to sketch the penguins with our black chalk pastels. Each penguin has a distinct shape and several different features. However, with the black chalk pastel, we couldn’t get the fine point we needed for penguin eyeballs and flippers. So, we decided to try again – and to first sketch the outline of the four penguins with pencil.
(Yes, Penguins appeared on my Weather app! Pictured above, top left.) Using a pencil to create shadows and add little details with the penguins eyes was fun! Just notice their flippers, the personality of each pencil, their ‘smiling’ beaks!
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- Get your FREE ebook! Getting Started in Chalk Pastel Art.
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- A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons (100+ free lessons now) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials plus the video The Very Few Must Have Supplies for Chalk Pastel Art. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
- The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
- Encouragement: You Can Be an Artist! 10 Day series and Art for All Ages 10 Day series
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Which penguin is YOUR favorite? Skipper, Kowalski, Private or Rico?