Weekly design inspiration: Frogs

After showing off our sporty sides with last weeks football-themed inspiration, this week we’ve turned our creative sights to the amphibian world, and found our favourite frog-inspired pieces. Now, the thought of frogs made a few of the team rather squeamish, but it didn’t stop us from finding some great pieces of creative inspiration. Let’s jump straight in and check out what we’ve found…

Got milk? Kermit and Miss Piggy Shadow Casting Panels

We’re kicking things off with a very clever piece of artwork by Swiss team Drzach & Suchy. These guys used their own specially designed shadow casting panels (SCP’s) to create a five-panel, hybrid image of both Kermit and Miss Piggy. They started by building blocks of coloured, transparent film, which when black-lit, shine red, yellow, green and black. The artists then filled a shallow shadow box with a very generous serving of milk to obscure the panel’s grid. Finally, they exposed the SCP’s to varying levels of illumination, and hybrid images of the Muppet Show and Sesame Street appearConfused? Watch the video.

Kermit and Miss Piggy shadow art via the creators project

Mr Jeremy Fisher sketch

Everyone loves Beatrix Potter, and we thought this Mr Jeremy Fisher sketch by Will Petrey was very well done and particularly cute! This sketch is inspired by Beatrix Potter’s naturalist illustrations for ‘A Frog he would a-fishing go’. We think Jeremy looks like a real gentleman in his fine jacket and pumps, sitting neatly on a water lily leaf. Shame he’s having a bit of a nightmare fishing on this occasion.



Mr Jeremy Fisher sketch via Behance

Frog bodypainting

Next up, we’ve got something a little bit different. This is a picture of a tropical frog sitting on a leaf right? Wrong! Johannes Stötter has painted this lifelike tropical tree frog masterpiece using the bodies of five people. Creepy or not, it’s quite an impressive illusion and we had fun identifying what body parts were which. Stötter is an artist, musician and fine-art body painter and spends up to five months planning and perfecting each one of his works! How many bodies can you see in this image?


Frog bodypainting 

Crazy monster frogs

Next up, we have set of monster frog illustrations for an animated poster featured in Earth Touch’s ‘Crazy Monster Frogs’ documentary. We thought these illustrations were very cool and appreciated all the colours and techniques used to create the little fellas. Though, we hope we don’t bump into any of these scary looking amphibians on our travels, eek!

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Crazy Monster Frogs via Behance

Living frog sculpture

Don’t worry, it’s not an actual living frog. These pieces were created in Canada by the International Mosaiculture of Montreal for the largest living plant culture exhibition in the United States. The art form, known as mosaiculture, is created by using steel or aluminum forms wrapped in metal mesh, which are then filled with earth and planted with flowers, ivies and grasses whose foliage provides texture and colour for these magnificent sculptures. Here’s a couple of our favourites from the impressive exhibition.

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Living sculptures via My Modern Met

Drop back in next Friday for more inspiration from our creative team. Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts. If you’ve found something you think we’ve missed, let us know! Missed last weeks football-themed inspiration? Check it out here.

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