It’s a new week, still barely Sunday for me, and I’m hoping to get a lot done. First is a little study painting of a frog, referenced from Janina Suuronen on Paint my Photo. Should I put the link to the photo like I have been? If you don’t have an account then it won’t show you the photo, so maybe there’s no purpose?
Anyways the paints I used were just Monte Amiata natural sienna and jadeite genuine from Daniel Smith, as well as Verona green earth from Rublev. So just two earthy greens and an earthy yellow.
I started drawing the outlines with a sharp brush (Sceptre Gold II #4 from Winsor & Newton) and the green earth, which is very transparent and perfect for this task. Then I switched between that and a small unnamed Japanese flat synthetic before eventually settling on a da Vinci CosmoTop Mix B Quill, Size 0 for the majority of the details. Both that and the sceptre gold are natural and synthetic blends.
A couple of years ago I was about to cross a shallow stream in the woods when I saw this little frog. It was just sitting there in the water no real concern. To get this photo I knelt down on my knees in the water and had the camera lens just 6 or 7 inches away from it, but it didn’t seem nervous at all. This wasn’t the only frog I got a photo of in that stream on that day, but this was the best photo. I never did find out what kind of frog it was even though I tried.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve actually drawn things in Photoshop. Normally I just use it for graphic design or pixel art, not actual drawing. All of these have a dimension of 322×521, taken from the Lucas number sequence, which is based on the Fibonacci number sequence. In other words they’re all golden rectangles.
This was based on a photo I saw of a beach, but not copied directly. It’s the same basic scene with my own details and composition.
I drew this sketch from a photo of an albino pacman frog I found on wikimedia commons, here.