Wow, 20 weeks already. I’ll be back later with a monthly overview.
I knew I wanted to draw a big number six for this. I originally thought I’d draw a lizard climbing up the back of the six but while browsing my favourite book, The World’s Most Spectacular Reptiles & Amphibians, for photo references I saw a couple of frogs that I thought would “cling” better to the six.
This is the Common Polka Dot Treefrog (Hyla punctata punctata) from South America, and the amazing thing about them is that they become almost red at night. You can see they have distinctive red spots, but at night they proliferate, making the frog look red.
Not wanting this to look too much like a Sesame Street number, I thought a dark indigo with gold accents simulating cloisonné would be great. It was fiddly to execute the gold, I think I preferred it without it but I wanted to try it.
You can just see the iridescence on some of the gold outlines. He looks happy and is thinking about a trip to China so he can see some real cloisonné. You know you did the right thing when your main subject wants to travel, inspired by your background.
Materials I used:
Staedtler 2H pencil
Van Gogh watercolours
Golden fluid acrylic in iridescent dark gold (fine)
I thought I’d show a picture of my sunporch where I was working this week. It was nice to sit there drawing and painting and watching the birds, seeing the chipmunks run around and the swallows nesting. This porch is not winterized so I can only work there in late Spring and Summer. Oh, but the light is beautiful, and the chittering of the wrens keeps me company.