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Frog Tribe by ursulav Frog Tribe by ursulav
Sometimes I get this urge to paint One Specific Thing. Usually a very simple thing, a small thing, the sort of thing that would be a minor detail. And driven by some sort of mad self-justification, I produce an absurdly large painting merely so that I have an excuse to paint the thing. "The Polar Court" was driven by the desire to paint checkerboard tile. This one was driven by a sudden itch to paint tree bark. Just...tree bark. Not even that MUCH tree bark. A few inches of tree bark would have been sufficient.

But no. I had to do an 18 x 36 mixed media piece, featuring three frogs, fierce amphibious jungle warriors, (kin, presumably, to the Kachina Frog elsewhere in my gallery) slime-skinned terrors of the treetop canopy (except for my favorite, who appears to be ready for a nap) and abuse the limits of what clayboard is willing to take from colored pencils, acrylic ink, acrylic, and pen. It took me days. I mean, usually a painting takes a day, maybe two, sometimes three. I was hammering on this sucker for a week. Because I had an urge to paint tree bark. Because tree bark was yammering and dancing in my brain like a small dog hearing the can opener. (It's shut up now, I hasten to add.) I obviously have no sense of proportion.

Anyway. Big piece. Original is for sale, but not cheap, send note for pricing. However, I have prints! Jumbo 13 x 19 for a mere $20 plus shipping, drop a line!
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jcharron507 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  New Deviant
Hey, I'm working on creating a fake game site for my Digital Design class and it involves frog warriors. With your permission, I would like to use this image for one of my characters. 
Please reply soon, thank you.
zakimiyakey Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so cute!!!!
kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Their so cute! I want to pick them up!
leocdg Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MadisonTourmaline Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Abusing the limits, hooray! There's a lot of depth in that foliage.
Gears-of-the-Soul Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is by far one of my favorites of your art. I love frogs and trees and tribal things, so three for three aint bad! I will be buying this print soon enough :)
BrittanyWaters Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Usually I HATE frogs wearing accessories or clothing of any kind, but this is just wonderful! Beautifully expressive frogs with FROG bodies, not freakish humanoid bodies *shudder* humanoid frogs are sooooo ugy!

Also: Beautiful tree bark ; D
glowing-fool Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
reading your description of this piece makes me chuckle. i go through the exact same process of "oh, let's draw 'x'...damn, well guess i need to make a whole piece to house my trivial doodle in". great piece, love your work.
MagicalIdiotSquigoo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Na'vi frogs!... sorry, I just had to get that out. This is really great. Nice work. XD
ashnkatt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Student General Artist
This comment was inspired by a message I left on `alexds1 art titled poison dart frog, it read....

I like thing I could never understand is why poison dart frogs don't carry poison darts, the name is just misleading I tell you ^_^


`alexds1 replied....

`alexds1 4 hours ago

Don't tell that to Ursula Vernon XD [link]

I now know that I can die happily knowing that some frogs do carry poison darts, and that some titles given to things in life, are aptly named. Oh happy days lolz
WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the textures in this are amazing! And the perspectives give it depth. Also, that sulky frog on the end needs a hug :D Awesome work.
LunarwingsArt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. I also love the frog's expressions.
Kyuubi-inside Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
this is just great love frogs xDD
Mendoxe Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING drawing!!!
u dont know where to look
KDN2197 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Nice one.
inufan625 Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
It's so rich in details and the colors are wonderful! I love it!
Mediskaline Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007
Fabulously beautiful and ... funny !

I adore !!!
tr33fr0g Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
you have an amazing talent at drawing frogs. I'm in awe!
thenectarwhofeedsyou Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
I love this!! Really.. my fav I've seen in a while. Great job!
Izile Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the personality on the frog faces, great but not really "cartoony".
Aellae Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
You are SUPER
kaheaku Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
Impressive. The facial expressions of your warriors are very entertaining. Well done.
kaheaku Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
Impressive. The facial expressions of your warriors is very entertaining. Well done.
Zulema Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Frogs XD
sanoban Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
Wow! wonderfully drawn! :+favlove:
Shinri-san Featured By Owner May 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
very cute blue frog:) good work
drcrane Featured By Owner May 7, 2006
omg! great work in details...amazing!
Gigicom Featured By Owner May 3, 2006
I remember this drawing from your website! I love it so much! I like the idea of Indian Frogs! :clap: brilliant
Monte-san Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2006
wow the treebark looks great ! iv been trying to draw tree bark for my drawing ... and it doesnt look that great .....
DivineFrog Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Possibly my favorite Frog Piece ever. EXCELLENT work!
buildingclimber Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006
You are a wonderful illustrator If I can find some extra money somehow I will most definitely buy a print.:+fav:
Tizera Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it!! :heart:
subpic Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005
it's some lovely creation
InsaneFrog05 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005
I adore this picture! The coloring on the frogs is beautiful. Frogs are my favorite animal, and I really like how real they look here. I especially like the frog on the far right. It looks melancholy.
Lilithx13 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005   Photographer
Well..the bark does sure look great! Love the warrior froggies too. :D
sanobody Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this!! i would really buy a print if i had some money to spare!
LavenderElegance Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005   Photographer
wow, amazing piece! Your art is so very creative, i love it. :D

Yayster Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply fantastic. In fact, when I saw this I let out an audible "wow!" I love the frogs, and the background is so well detailed! A definite and instant fav from me. ^_^
Risikaa Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005
The frog to the right looks a bit tree-sick :aww:

Thats cute, well done.
deloulark Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love your tree bark. It's amazingly detailed. I also love the bright vibrant colouring in the rest of this painting. The frogs are a beautiful blue. It's a :+fav: :D
belongtonowhere Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
this pic catches my eye.. its very fantastic, the idea of an frog tribe..wonderful coloring... = :+fav: =)
godsign Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
SWEEEEET!!!! :headbang:
angrybunnydesigns Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
uh yeah the guy (umber) before me just about nailed it, your bark is amazing, and you have such a great eye for color
I love it! :heart:
umber Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2005
Before I even read your description I was blown away by your tree bark. Well, more incredibly impressed because I cannot do tree bark at all.

I don't normally comment on your stuff (because it's all so good and if I commented on one I'd be compelled to comment on all of them), but I am continually amazed by your skill. You seem to be good at drawing practically all of the animals out there (animals are a skill I also lack), and the people I've seen you draw are fantastic as well. You can cram a lot of detail into each of your paintings and yet you seem to get them done fairly regularly, out of everyone on my deviant watch you update the most consistantly.

I don't know how you got all those effects in the background with acrylic. Those splotches at the top and bottom behind the trees? STOP BEING SO GOOD. You can make everything so bright and cheery yet it still looks realistic and charming. Not to mention all of your animals looks so cute and expressive.

The end. I'd say the same for practically everyone of your other works, but that would get repetitive.
ElizabethBathory Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005
Amazing... O.O I can't find the words to say... Colours, details and textures all is so... so perfect, so amazing. I really love this one ! :heart: Oh, and I love frogs ! :)
Sabretooth-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
deepermeanings Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
I once wanted to write something with the expression "smoker's cough" in it and wrote a 3-page short story and forgot to put the expression in it.
patrx Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Reminds me of favorite song of mine back in my college singing Peter, Paul & Mary..."The Big Blue Frog"...LOL It was a fun sing...:D Cute it..:D
Interference Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005   Digital Artist
Frog warriors! I'd never have thought that such creatures could be so thoroughly enchanting (especially the guy in the middle). And by the way, your tree bark provides its own justification. It's amazing!
Navisn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005
great job, i like people with fantasy!!, amazing! :)
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