Club Penguin began in October 2005, nearly 10 years ago. Along the way, there have been an incredible amount of changes. From the way your playercard was set up, to how you got into the EPF, and even the way you decorate your Igloo. However, one of the biggest changes the game has ever gone through is its art style. The way penguins, puffles, and the entire island is drawn.
You see, back in the early days, each penguin had its own distinctive look, depending on the artist who drew it. For example, Chad’s penguin might be chubbier and smaller than Alyssa’s, but on the flip side, hers is taller and has a different beak. Throughout this article, I’ll be talking about what it took to make the modern penguin we all know today.
During 2005, drawing colorful penguins wearing wacky clothing was unheard of. Everything was drawn for the first time. 2005 penguins were the simplest penguins to draw, as they weren’t complex, and didn’t consist of much detail. The game was so new, that as long as you could tell it was a penguin, it flew.
By 2006, a few months after the game had launched, the artists were starting to get the hang of the art style. Penguins were starting to get a bit more details with colors and shading. We saw more poses and different positions then the previous year.
In 2007, the art style got an upgrade. When Disney purchased the game in August of that year, tons of new employees flooded in which brought new varieties of penguins. Their “bowling pin” shape was starting to take notice during this year. Shadows were more persistent, and action shots became more common.
The game’s third year improved off of its previous. Action shots were a regular thing, and details were a continuous occurrence. More time was spent on each penguin than ever before as they got more and more detailed. This art style was also used as reference for when the big merchandise line launched in October 2008.
By 2009, Club Penguin wanted to make sure that every penguin’s outline resembled each other in some way. Each penguin usually had the same beak and body. The artists had to adapt to this one, solid art style. Action shots became more intense, and this became Club Penguin’s most well known art style. The team continued to use it for 4 years.
In 2013, Club Penguin completely revamped the art style. The goal was to modernize each and every penguin. The usage of shadows and colors were completely rearranged. The penguin’s body got slimmer and stretched out. There have been many debates about this art style in the community.
Rockhopper was the first mascot on Club Penguin. He has gone through many changes throughout the years. From a hunched over tough looking penguin, to a more fuller body, and finally adapting to today’s art style, with a more slimmer appearance, and deeper shadows.
Club Penguin’s art style has evolved in many ways since launching in 2005. Each style has its own distinctive look and feel. Next time you look at a penguin, remember the time it took for it to look how it does today.
Which art style do you prefer? Do you like the older and more simple version? Or perhaps, you are more fond of today’s penguin, with more details and shadows. Leave a comment below, and let me know! 😀