Corsican Painted Frog

Corsican Painted Frog

And now for something completely different. I mentioned in a comment recently that I had never tried to draw a frog. So today’s doodlewash was an effort to meet that challenge head on, while still keeping in my French theme for August, of course. So meet the Corsican Painted Frog.

I decided to go with a very limited palette as the superhero color, Quinacridone Gold, can make most of the colors in this little guy. After that, I used Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine Blue. Since he was scaly, I finished him off with a few dots of white goache and voila! Corsican Doodlewashed Frog!

This colorful dude is endemic to Corsica, France, where it is found mainly in the central part of the island. He’s also listed as “near threatened” since his species has been declining over the years. So it seems fitting that he should be the subject of a doodlewash while he’s still around. Poor little guy. Hope he and his friends manage to stick around for awhile. I think I’ll name him Doodle.

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Published in By Charlie
23 Comments
  1. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Excellent! Very nice. But please: you started with the gold, then how do you make the other colors? Do you take dabs of gold and then mix in the other bits in different trays? Is that your process? Sorry for such an elementary question! I studied philosophy not art so I don’t know nothing–and that I’m sure of.

    • Author

      Lol…thanks Kirk! And no worries at all, I should probably take the time to be more descriptive in my posts! So I’m not sure if this is how you’re supposed to use Quin Gold, but I water it down to get a bright yellow wash for the base, then don’t add much water to get a darker brown gold from it. Basically it moves from a reddish deep brown gold to bright saturated yellow depending on how much water you add.

      I then went back with dabs of Ultramarine in the shadows and spots (when you overlay it on the Quin Gold you get a greenish tint which this frog had). I use different areas of a palette to mix the washes and often just “sort of” mix them so the colors change as I apply them. Burnt sienna and blue made the rocks around the frog in different mixes to get both brown and grayish blue. I also have a paper towel in the non-brush hand to dab up color or pull it up mostly if I don’t like what just happened. Hehe

      • kirkistan 2 years ago

        Charlie–thanks. That’s helpful. I’m constantly trying to figure out how to mix and apply color.

      • Author

        I think it’s a constant learning process… I still don’t feel like I know what I’m doing, but just keep trying things anyway! 😉

  2. Eric Disney 2 years ago

    Fantastic-LOVE it. You continue to surprise and delight me with this “hidden” talent! Good stuff.

  3. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Such a show stopper! This is a lovely “Doodle”. ;D

  4. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    He looks like a Prince in disguise! Well done! 😊

  5. Nicola 2 years ago

    He’s brilliant!

  6. Author

    Awww thanks so much Nicola! I’m really glad you like him! He was really fun to doodlewash! 🙂

  7. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Do I hear a croak of happiness coming from the page? What a bright and happy drawing. Thanks for posting and the smile it brought my way.

  8. This is beautiful, Charlie! How did I miss so many of your posts? I totally love this one. Wow, I hope we see some more living creatures from you. Wonderful!

    • Author

      Thanks Laura! Keep looking…there’s a goat! Lol…I actually do want to try more animals so there will be more! 🙂

  9. beverlydyer 2 years ago

    Amazing shadow work!

    • Author

      Thanks Beverly!! That means a lot! I see all these great shadows out there in watercolors and keep practicing to get mine to look good! 😊hehe

  10. […] Charlie over at doodlewash.com has done a lovely write up of my recent trials and tribulations and featured my astronaut sketch on his site. You can read that here and you should also check out one of my favourite of his own paintings, a colouful Corsican Frog. […]

  11. Yolanda D 2 years ago

    He is great!

  12. michael ehrhardt 2 years ago

    Really love this one!

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