Step three is to work on the detail in pencil. The pattern on the frog is a mixture of dark blobs and lines and light shading with the throat and chest left plain. For the toad's warty skin, I create small circles all over the body with a few larger ones on it's back and near the back of it's head.
Finally colour in your drawings. I lightly shaded in the frog yellow as a base coat, then green (but not too much green) and then brown over the top. The toad is brown with orange layered on top and I used the pen to highlight the warts on it's back and side a bit more. Of course, each individual frog and toad has a different marking pattern and colour tone, so the choice is yours.
Frogs use those powerful hindlegs to hop and leap around. To draw a frog in motion, I add a pair of long sausage shapes with shorter sausages on the ends of them at the back of the main oval shape. The foreleg is created the same way but with smaller sausage shapes and is always positioned by the frog's side pointing to its hindlegs when a frog leaps.
Next add the detail. A frog has five toes that are webbed together to help it swim through the water with ease, but when drawing, you don't always see them all. The underside of a frog is also pale with fewer markings on it. Just a few things to keep in mind when drawing a frog in various positions than the one shown here.
Then draw over in pen and colour in like before. And with that, my leaping frog sketch is complete.
|Frog and Frogspawn in pencil|
|The finished sketch|
When you draw in pen, draw in the circles and add a black dot in the middle. Colour the frogspawn a very light shade of yellow or blue (depending on the light conditions). The frog and water was the same format of yellow, green and brown as before. Note that water isn't always blue as you normally believe. And there you are. I hope you have fun with your frog drawings and until the next How To Draw, goodluck!