Tree Frog Drawing

tree frog drawingThis sweet, black and white frog drawing is of a green tree frog on an oak tree. We had these cute little guys in our yard where we used to live. They exude charm and are such a pretty color. We would often find them on the side of the house or clinging to a tree like the one in this drawing from 1870. It was included, with a lot of other great animal and bird images in a book entitled, Reptiles and Birds: A Popular Account of Their Various Orders, With a Description of the Habits and Economy of the Most Interesting. There were three illustrators for the book and I believe this tree frog drawing is the work of Albin Mesnel (1830-1875).

I think this image would be perfect for some colored pencils or a bit of watercolor accents. Green up the frog and add some browns for the leaves and bark and make it uniquely your own.

I changed the orientation a bit, obviously a big oak tree doesn’t generally grow sideways, but I thought it showed off the frog a bit better. Depending upon how you use this tree frog drawing, you might want to change it again.

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.