By rather popular demand and beating out a Gazelle, today’s doodlewash is a giraffe. In this case, a younger giraffe and and not quite all of the him as he didn’t want to fit in my sketchbook. Also, I admittedly didn’t have time for the bottom half. But this should be all one needs to get across the idea of a giraffe so this is where we landed. The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world, with even new-born babies being taller than most humans.

Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up, much like nurses, and continue standing even to sleep and give birth, unlike most nurses, of course. The spot pattern is as unique as a fingerprint or a snowflake and no two are exactly alike. Though they’re generally peaceful animals, the males perform something called “necking” which isn’t a sign of romance between the two, but a way to win the female. Apparently, to female giraffes, size does matter and longer necked males are preferred.

Once a baby is succesfully made and born, it grows up almost instantly. A baby giraffe can stand within half an hour after being born and after only 10 hours, it can actually run alongside its family. Just hours after that, I’m sure he begins hoping that when he grows up he’ll have a long neck like his father. Next up is “H” so if you have a living thing that fits the bill, please leave a suggestion in the comments!

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

72 replies on “G Is For Giraffe

  1. O M G!!! as in Oh My Giraffe!!!!!!!!!! This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! This is now my new favorite charlie o doodlewash E V E R! As in F O R E V E R (aka Sandlot!). Now that I am over the shock of your amazing artistic talents (and PLEASE do not tell us this was a quick one…), I loved how you threw in the comparison to nurses! LOL! So unexpected and yet so appropriate. ROCKSTAR charlie o! Complete and utter doodlewash rockstar. the end.❤❤❤

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    1. Oh wow…now you’ve made me blush so much I can’t type!! 😳😊😊😊😊hehe… Thank you so much Jodi!! ❤️❤️ I’ve been wanting to try a giraffe for quite some time so it was fun to finally have a go. I stopped using the word quick just for you! Lol But seriously…thanks so much for your wonderful enthusiasm and encouragement my friend!!! I really appreciate it!! ❤️😃😃😃

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  2. You did it! My parents used to take my girls to a private zoo near their house where there was a platform you could climb up and feed the giraffes. This reminds me of that eye-to-eye experience. Nature is full of wonders.
    Horse. That’s my suggestion for H. (K)

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  3. What a sweet-faced giraffe. I remember the first time I fed a giraffe at the Cincinnati Zoo. I was so excited as the giraffe gracefully sauntered over my way, and I held out a peanut in my little hand, reaching as far as I could. I was thrilled as the giraffe took the peanut from my hand, then immediately horrified at the amount of saliva deposited on my palm. My poor parents; it’s a wonder that we ever went to the zoo again🙂 Maybe my reaction is the reason why the public can’t get that close to the zoo animals anymore! Again, Charlie, thanks for the memories!

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  4. Oof, I’ve seen footage of giraffes necking – it’s really quite scary! But your doodlewash is of a charming and tranquil character. Brilliantly done, as I’ve come to expect by now😉 basically, I echo Jodi’s sentiments but just in a more tired and characteristically grumpy manner.

    H is for (Hungry Hungry!) Hippo. Hawk. Hyena. I’m struggling with this one!

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    1. Haha! Thanks Mr. Grumpy!! 😉 You’d be far less grumpy if you had this giraffe as a pet. He’d be sure to always make you smile. Though would require getting a different home I’m sure, but a small price to pay for love. Lol And yay! Thanks for the H list… I love having lists of options as I never know what will inspire when I go to make that doodlewash. Hehe

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      1. Hahaha! I did happen to get not one but two items for my birthday emblazoned with ‘Mr. Grumpy’, so I’ve accepted that it must be the truth. Humbug! (At first I thought, ‘that’s an odd way of spelling Perfect!’)

        Also Honeybee! I love bees. Indeed, I now regret not offering bumblebee for B😦

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  5. Gosh, you’d think I could have thought of a Giraffe! I only studied them for a whole year!!! 🤔 LoVe how you painted its face and all those spots, Charlie! ❤️ How about a hippo for “H”? 😍

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  6. He is simply gorgeous! Love his face! And you did it again with the texture! I have seen a documentary about the necking and it just looks strange. What boys do to get attention! Ha! I would love to see horned frog for H.. 😁

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  7. This sketch is great! It’s almost as if the baby giraffe is going to reach of the page for a snack from a nearby tree. Well done.
    I think you should sketch of a horse next, particularly one including the neck and shoulders. The muscular structure of horses is amazing and beautiful, and I believe you would draw it wonderfully.

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  8. What a sweet giraffe. I agree with Sharon, your giraffe looks very silky and soft. Most handsome giraffe portrait! I’ve been stuck on hedgehogs lately, maybe even slightly obsessed but a hummingbird, hornbill, horse all sound rather nice too or a hen…helicopter…hamburger…yikes!

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    1. Awww thanks!! 💕😃yeah I just wish I knew how I got the silky soft look…lol…so I could repeat it. 😊 hehe And awesome suggestions. I think I’m going to stick with animals though…they’re kind of fun. Though technically a hamburger was at one time I a guess! 😉


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