In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Poison Dart Frog step-by-step.
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To draw this Poison Dart Frog step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
Below you can watch a Narrated step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing a circle as a guide for the poison dart frog's body. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a coin or a bottle cap. On the top, right side, draw a smaller circle as a guide for the head. This circle should be about half the size of the body circle. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw circles check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: On the right side of the head, draw a curved line as a guide for the frog's muzzle. The line should be similar to an arc on its side. Make the right side of the line flat. Connect the head to the body using sloping lines to finish the guide for the body.
Step 3: Inside the body, draw an angled line as a guide for the frog's first front leg. Bend the line near the middle to indicate a joint. The bottom part of this line should be outside of the body. At the bottom, draw a horizontal line as a guide for the foot. On the right side of the body, draw a sloping line with an angled line at the bottom as a guide for the other leg and foot.
Step 4: On the left side of the body, draw a series of long, curved lines as guides for the poison dart frog's hind leg. The first line should be similar to a big letter U. To the left, draw another curved line but extend the bottom to the right to create the guide for the foot.
That's it for the guides! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing.
Step 5: Inside the head, on the top, left side, draw a small circle for the frog's eye. Sketch lightly at first and only darken the shape of the eye when you get the size and position right. Make the sides of the circle wider and a bit pointier. Inside the eye, draw two tiny circles for highlights. In the middle of the eye, draw another small circle for the pupil. Add a couple of curved lines around the eye for eyelids.