While Fatbird the Penguin is not new, he is one of my favorite characters I have made. I designed him in the spring of last year before I started my blog, and I have regretted not getting to write about him. When I got a custom order for two penguins after the New Year, I decided to take that opportunity to document the process of making him.
This is the first penguin I made in spring of 2015, but it isn’t technically the first prototype. In the midst of making a bunch of really bad Grump Nugget prototypes, one of them ended up looking more like a penguin than a cat. At that point I decided to take a break from working on Grump Nugget and make a penguin instead. This first penguin came out looking more like a fat angry chick than a penguin.
These custom penguins have gone to their new home, but you can find Fatbird in my Etsy Shop or contact me for a custom order!