Here is a happy frog, sitting on a lily pad in a pond. A butterfly flying around and a water lily keeping it company
Start the frog body with an oval. Fill and heavy stroke.
Add another oval on top of the body for the head.
Add circles on the head for the eyes.
Add dark green filled circles with a heavy white stroke for the eyes.
Use the Arc Tool to create a smile. Cap the ends (hot dog the ends) in the Stroke Panel.
Create ovals for the legs. Send them behind the body. Do this on both sides of the body.
Copy and paste the body. Fill it with a darker color and set the opacity to 30%. Copy this when done.
Select the main body, click on the Draw Inside Mode at the bottom of the Tool bar. Paste the darker body shape into the body and position it to give an offset shadow. Click on the Draw Normal Mode when done.
Repeat this process of duplicate the shape of the head and legs. Fill with a darker, opacity of 30%. Then click on each body, do the Draw Inside and paste the body part.
Repeat the last process with the legs too. Don't forget to lick on the Draw Normal Mode when done with each shape!
Select all the shapes and group them all.
To create the water ripples, create a box, no fill. Add a circle to the edge.
Use the Pathfinder Unite mode to make them one shape.
Use the Direct Selection Tool to select and remove the bottom two points leaving just the the upper line and water bubble.
Use the Direct Selection Tool to select the end of the line to shorten or lengthen it. Remember to use the SHIFT key to keep the line straight when pulling the point.
Create a large rectangle in the middle of the space. This is where the the frog will be. Click on the Draw Inside Mode at the bottom of the Tool bar.
Copy and paste the grouped frog into the box. Add a dark line underneath the frog to make it look like a lily pad.
Add the water bubble lines to give it the look of a pond
Create a water lily by drawing 2 circles that overlap. Select both and use the Pathfinder Minus Intersect Mode.
This leaves a petal or leaf.
Duplicate and rotate the pedals into a lotus flower look.
Add the flower to the lily pad
Create a butterfly by drawing an oval.
Duplicate the oval, rotate it, make it small and position it below the first oval. Select both shapes and use the Pathfinder Unite mode to join them together.
Duplicate the wing shape and flip it to the other side. Add a rounded rectangle for the body.
Use the Arc Tool to create antenna for the butter fly. Select all the shapes and group them together.
Add the butterfly to the scene and you have one happy frog. Enjoy!