Friday, May 18, 2012

A Frog and his Banjo

Kermit the Frog is incredibly difficult to draw. At least for me, that is. Like most of the Muppets, most of their emotion comes from the performance of the puppeteers. When drawing a still form of the characters, I find you have to figure out what features of theirs you can change and exaggerate without taking away what makes them... THEM. I guess the same goes for drawing caricatures of real people as well.

With Kermit, it's his eyes. They give me the hardest time. You can't really change them in any way, or he ceases to look like Kermit. But when I draw them, he always comes across so stiff and lifeless. So I try to exaggerate the rest of him as much as I can.

I scribbled through several attempts until I made this one. It's not perfect, but I'm pretty pleased with it overall. And after the frustration of drawing him, it was a lot of fun to color.


32 comments:

S.L. Gabriel said...

I like it. And Kermit is awesome.

Eona said...

I really like this. I especially like the background and that you have Kermit playing the banjo.

Esther Cotton said...

Wow, this is really great! I love the expression he has on his face, with his mouth every so slightly open on the side... is he whistling?

Love your choice of colors. :)

- Esther
http://roseywinterrose.blogspot.com

Tanem Melis said...

perfecttttt:))

agman said...

a real good post he looks like he's dreaming of ice cream

janishar ali said...

the background is just awesome..congrats for such a nice painting..i like it a lot!!

Brandon J. Carver said...

You really did a great job, I love this!

D. A. Ottaway said...

Nate man this good stuff, but next time try using a Fender Strat.

amesababble said...

Very nice work!

ployburapha said...

So nice!! I like it.

Andrejka said...

I´m queen of love and you're the king of painting.

Fionnuala Nyekwap Jibrin said...

I'm no artist so I can't say anything professional, but I do love the painting and Kermit looks JUST FINE to me!!

kathydobbs said...

Ferry funny. I like it.

EKA IKHSANUDIN said...

it's very nice :), i like it

Nathan said...

I'm sure you get this a lot, but I just randomly came across your blog and your drawings are pretty awesome. You should make a t-shirt, all the young hip kids would wear it. Cheers.

Matt said...

I love all your drawings! They are so good! Check you my blog for photos! It would mean the world to me! Thanks!

tecacat said...

I love it. Excellent work!

Neeraj Bhushan said...

i really liked your creativity. pls keep sharing. all the best.

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Aurore ♥ said...

I like Kermit :) Nice, i like it :)

Amanda Socci said...

Great job, Nathan! I've just nominated you for tyhe Liebster blog award. See here for full details: http://socciwriter.blogspot.com/2012/05/liebster-blog-award.html

Amanda Socci said...

Great job, Nathan! I've just nominated you for tyhe Liebster blog award. See here for full details: http://socciwriter.blogspot.com/2012/05/liebster-blog-award.html

Blog Agil95 said...

nice post :)

jamie said...

great,very good job.i like your blog

david said...

i like your blog. please keep sharing.nice.

Hot-Styles-For-You said...

Great blog, nice to be here.

B. Radom said...

The way you positioned his mouth makes me think of Kermit... A lot.

Lubaina E. said...

Oh my.. This is freakin amah-zing!
I like the Banjo idea with Kermit too :)
And loving the rainbow-ish background..

Rudolf Reinalldo said...

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Atlas Brookings said...

Very clever, very potent artwork. It is enjoyable on many levels, and (I think anyway) appeals to a vast number of younger adults, struggling to make sense of the world in an economy gone mad. It brings them back to happier, easier times.

Good thoughts!

Atlas Brookings
Atlas Mentalism Blog

shawn said...

cool

Nancy said...

Will you be selling prints?