Leap Frog

By: lcsutherland

Jul 25 2015

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Leap Frog 11×14 $170

Today, I was able to complete Leap Frog for my step-mother, who adores both frogs and faeries!

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First, I had to create a frog…which was a new one for me!  I chose the bull frog for its sturdy shape, as many amphibians flaunt these spindly little legs that do not seem likely to leap gracefully AND support the weight of a faerie rider!

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Our little Leap Frogger.  Indian dhotis are a new area of fascination for me, as far as endless folds of light fabric are concerned, so I used them for inspiration when designing her whimsical costume.  The shapely, patterned wings are a tribute to the cicada, the noisome Herald of Sweltering Summer Days in Maine.

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Completed Contour Drawing!

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Base Colors applied with Prismacolor markers.  In catering to the color preferences of my step-mother, I used the red-eyed tree frog as my inspiration.  I am not used to creating pieces that have a color pallet quite so vivid as this one is, so it took me a while to decided whether or not it had potential.  Thankfully, the kind words of some enthusiastic fans encouraged me to keep moving forward!

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Human skin tones are another area that I continue to struggle with – especially when dealing with dark or tanned skin.  I am fairly pleased with this attempt.

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Leap Frog Complete!  I love it when I can really slather on that white pencil for some intense shine!

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Leap Frog will be bounding into its new home very soon!

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