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The Evolution of Club Penguin’s Art Style

The Evolution of Club Penguin's Artstyle NEW

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.

2005 ART

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.

2005 Penguins

2006 ART

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.


2007 ART

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.


2008 ART

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.


2009-2012 ART

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.

2009-2012 PENGUINS

2013-2015 ART

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.

2013-2015 PENGUINS

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.

ROCKHOPPER 2006-2015

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! 😀


Article written by Riyita

Hi! My name is Riyita and I own this website. It all started with my interest for outer space. I decided to combine two interests of mine into one being outer space and Club Penguin and thous, Club Penguin Space was born. I hope you enjoy your time reading our articles and let me know if there's anything I can do to improve your time on the site. :)

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17 Comments on "The Evolution of Club Penguin’s Art Style"

5 months 14 days ago

I actually quite like the most recent art style a lot. The coloring and shading is very good, and the penguins themselves look a lot more fluid, if that makes any sense.

Janota 12345
1 year 9 months ago

2009-2012 – The Best

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2 years 5 days ago

oh thank goodness I am not crazy and someone noticed! 🙂 my personal favorite is 2012 art style because it doesn’t look weird and it reminds me of the fun of modern CP with the old CP style no memories come back because I wasn’t there but I still like it 🙂 but with new CP style it just looks weird because everything looks overdone with the charaters and it looks too blocky (although the weirdest art form is the January 2013 penguin style art form they just look ugly or like prisoners there)

2 years 15 days ago

FINALLY someone did a topic about this! I thought I was the only one who noticed. And btw, there was a stage between 2009-2012 and 2013-2015. It was a stage where it was kind of a mixture of Modern CP and 2012 CP. It lasted slightly lest than a year in 2013, but I think it should be a stage.

2 years 16 days ago

Awsome post! I actually like more the 2013 penguin style because they look more modern!

2 years 1 month ago

i like your post im renember the fist times of cp :´( and now this is your year 10 0.o

Pinkie pie puffle
2 years 1 month ago

Amazing, I love your post. My favorite style is the one used on 2012

2 years 1 month ago

I like the 2013-2015 design the best. Although did join in late 2012.
But Ryita (Hope I spelled that right)I have something you may like to hear…
Search ‘Dot’ in the CP help page and pages for Disney infinity help appear too.
Maybe it is a hint for the future…

2 years 1 month ago

I prefer 2009-2012, why? because they actually look like penguins, also they look much adorable and happier, nowadays penguins look like teens. I would like to see the same post but now with puffles 🙂

2 years 1 month ago


2 years 1 month ago

Really awesome post, Riyita! It’s amazing to see how the penguins have changed drastically over the years. I do like the new penguin art style, as it is modernized and up to date with todays technology, but the older ones bring back a little bit of nostalgia. Keep it up!

2 years 1 month ago

I think 2015 and 2013 are different styles. 2015 eyes are slightly larger, beaks are shorter now, less weird looks, similar to 2012 now etc…I think 2015’s style is much better than 2013, because it definetly improved.

Pinkie pie puffle
2 years 1 month ago

I agrede with you, however the style is really similar, that’s why is counted as only one

2 years 1 month ago

Such an interesting post, thank you for taking your time making it.