I created this design months ago for the Illustration Friday “Legendary”. Now “Flying” has come up as a topic and the giggle on the subject of flying penguins has re-entered my mind. So I’m sharing again… what if there were a whole fleet?
My thoughts on penguins and flying
I’m pretty sure the flying was traded in for hockey and belly boarding. There’s so much competition with all those other birds up there riding the wind, I think the penguins simply got smart and decided “might as well do something unique”. Not to mention they really look great in hats… and you can’t wear very many hats and fly, unless, of course, you don’t mind losing your hat.
About this design
This design was created entirely in Photoshop using a Wacom Graphire Bluetooth Tablet and gazillion layers of color. I started out with a bare lines of the penguin, added lines for his outfit, added blocks of color and then continued on to add numerous layers with varying colors and textures. I then flattened the entire penguin image and added the border, text and distressed effect.