How to draw a frog with colored pencils - a step by step tutorial


Hello in July! It's time for another tutorial. Since its summer, I decided to post a step-by-step multicolor drawing of a tropical frog. So take your colored pencils in vivd colors and some paper and draw with me!


- a sheet of paper - I used Stonehenge Lightweight paper - 135g, 22x30 cm
- Faber Castell Polychromos pencils - lots of green shades (from lime green to a very dark color), dark grey to make a sketch, yellows, oranges, red, light grey, blue; you can use other brands' materials
- some spare sheets of paper to protect your work from smudging while drawing
- kneadable gum

Step 1
Using dark grey pencil, draw the outlines as shown on a scan. Don't press the pencil very hard to the surface. If the outlines are too dark, use kneadable gum. Use spare sheets of paper to put under your wrist to avoid smudging the drawing.

Step 2
Let's start coloring with the eye. Use orange pencil to create a base layer.

Step 3
Finishing the eye with red and black.

Step 4
Adding some lime and green around the frog's eye.

Step 5

Coloring the head. Mark shaded parts with dark green pencil.

Step 6

Draw the secon eye using the method from step 2 and 3.

Step 7
Now take light and dark grey pencils and start coloring the frog's body.

Step 8
Finishing the previous step - add some light pink and light brown colors so that the frog's body looks more realistic / interesting.

Step 9
Use orange, lime and darker green to draw the first layer one of the frog's legs. Also use some yellow as the second layer of color.

Step 10
Time for another leg - this time use also some blue colors.

Step 11

Let's draw the back leg - it is in the shade so show this on the drawing.

Step 12
Use greys as shown on the scan. Start coloring the fourth leg with orange.

Step 13
Finishing the leg with lime, green, yellow, blue. Mark shaded parts with dark pencils.

Step 14
Use greens to fill the branch. Make it a bit darker around the frog's legs.

Step 15
Finishing the branch. You can use yellow as a top layer. You can end your work at this stage if you don't want to draw the background.

Step 16
Filling the background as shown on the scan. Start from the top so that you'll avoid smudging the drawing. Use various shades of green - light and dark.

Step 17
Finishing the drawing. You can use yellow pencil here and there to make the background tones more interesting. Our work is ready!

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