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
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