I connected the theme of ‘everyday’ by exploring the ‘everyday’ life of a penguin. While thinking about the everyday life of a penguin, I drew inspiration from my childhood memories growing up by the seaside. I grew up in a small picturesque coastal village in South Africa. We had the freedom to play outside, explore the coastline while in our own little imaginative worlds. I can imagine penguins being very childlike in thinking and behaviour. While thinking of ideas of what to illustrate, I could imagine penguins fishing, camping and surfing in a clumsy manner. I can also imagine them being very funny in nature, doing silly things.

The following video was taken at Boulders Beach in South Africa:


I have previously made some doodles of penguins and sold cards at a local penguin sanctuary in South Africa. I do love these wee little penguin characters, so decided to extend the theme by drawing them doing more daily activities and celebrating special occasions. I usually take a lot of photographs when I’m on holiday or traveling. I decided to use some of my photographs taken during previous holidays in South Africa, as background for my penguin characters. I used micron pens to draw and Koi brush pens to colour in the illustrations.


I loved using the combination of my doodles and photographs. I think it looks much better with the photographs as background, than just plain blank sheets. I made speech bubbles to add words to the illustrations. I just added them to take a picture and didn’t glue them on, in case I think of different phrases to add in the future.

I loved these penguin doodles and decided to make an Instagram page for them: howtopenguin

NAME: Juanita du Toit


COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)

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