Learn how to draw a cartoon frog with a cute and happy face. A step by step tutorial makes it easy and fun for all ages.
Cartoon drawings are often more about personality than realism. The very best cartoon artists spend years figuring out how to make a few simple lines can convey an attitude, and though they make it look easy, there’s a lot of practice behind it.
Imitating cartoon drawings is a great way for young artists to get started though. The simple shapes are easy to see, and drawing something recognizable can be a real confidence builder.
This frog is simple (and symmetrical) so even younger elementary students would probably do well trying him out. Don’t skip the tracing step though, as strong black lines make him or her easier color, and lend more to a cartoon look when finished too.
Preview of the Cartoon Frog tutorial
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- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have in the smaller boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors, and seem a bit richer than ones Prang has.
Time needed: 25 minutes.
How to Draw a Cartoon Frog
- Draw a very large oval for the head.
- Add two upside down U shapes.
- Erase inside and draw two simple eyes.
- Add the mouth, dots for nose. Draw U for chest.
- Draw the two arms with bumps.
- Add curvy lines to make the fingers.
- Draw two symmetrical back legs.
- Add toe lines. Draw a grass line and sky.
- Trace with marker and color.