I Is For Iguana

Iguana Doodlewash

The most requested subject for “I” was Iguana, so that’s where we landed for today’s doodlewash. I love all of the crazy details in reptiles, and I’m never really sure why it was decided they needed all those little bumps and folds. Also, for those of you who requested dragon for “D” this seems to be rather close. Just imagine some wings unfurling somewhere off the page. I might have drawn them if I had the time, as this little guy seem to be proud of something.

An iguana has strong jaws with really sharp teeth. They also have a very long and sharp tail (also not pictured) that is usually half of their body size. The tail is used mainly for defense as an iguana can punch its enemy with it. In case of danger, this little guy can detach a part of its tail to ensure a faster escape. Of course, the tail will magically restore itself to the proper size should this desparate measure ever be required which is super handy. Interestingly, despite sharing similar aggressions, humans have never evolved to include these features.

What I thought was most interesting about these lizards is that in rainforests they can spend most of their life high in the treetops. Though they do occasionally fall, they’re able to fall up to 40 to 50 feet without sustaining any injury whatsoever. And in the case of a flood, some species of iguana are able to inflate themselves and become their own floatation device. Which I’m sure would come in handy for humans as well, though many humans have already grown to become the size of floatation devices. Next up is “J” so if you have a suggestion of another creature, please shout it out in the comments!


About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Quinacrodine Gold, Azo Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale 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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44 Comments
  1. anniedrawsthings 1 year ago

    Woah, love the little details on this guy! Nice work!
    It’s surprisingly difficult for me to think of any J animals at the moment… I’m gonna go with Jackrabbit, because I love the ears on those guys. 🙂

    • Author

      Aww thanks Annie!! 💕😃 I sort of got lost in all the details. 😊Hehe Glad you liked him! And Some of these letters are tough! Lol…nothing springs to mind. But who doesn’t love a nice pair of ears? Hehe

  2. memadtwo 1 year ago

    I love this guy even more now that I know all his secret talents!
    Jellyfish. (K)

  3. Wow, so cool! Love the details and colors. Can almost feel those scales!!!

    Jaguar! And I like jellyfish and jackrabbit too!

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Laura!! 💕😃I don’t know what it is, but I do like reptilian doodlewashes. Lol And those are great suggestions. I’m think it will likely be one of those! Once I decide. 😊😊hehe

  4. Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

    Hahaha…human flotation devices! 😀 Not only do I love your doodlewash, but I love your stories AND for the education! <3 Your Iggy pops! (heehee…sorry for the pun!)

    • Author

      Awww thanks Teresa! ❤️😃hehe…I’m realizing that I have zero personal stories to share for some of these creatures so education is all I got! With my own little twist of course. 😊

      • Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

        Education with your own twist is PERFECT!! 🙂 <3

  5. Jacob 1 year ago

    Yay, you picked Jub-Jub! And oh, he looks so proud of himself! Hilarious or slightly ominous, I’m not entirely sure. The detail in the scales is ridiculous, and what lovely strong greens you got. Full of zing!

    Jaguar and Jellyfish get my support aswell. I also offer Jackal, and it’d be poor form not to offer the Jay 😉 (the bird – not me.)

    • Author

      He’s totally proud of himself isn’t he?! I guess if you had his superpowers you’d me a bit smug about as well. Lol And J is Jay of course! I couldn’t draw you though as I don’t have a proper photo to use for it. 😉

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        That’s a relief for you, isn’t it 😉 but if you want to turn me into a blue jay or something then that would be wonderful! 😀

      • Author

        We’ll just name whatever appears Jay then! Hehe…I have zero clue at this point what will appear actually. Always exciting to see how the day ends! Lol

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        Exciting indeed – I wouldn’t expect any different by now!

  6. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    Mind blowing detail and color shading. Beautiful painting, love his expression, like he has a happy secret. Thank you for sharing such a delight.

    • Author

      Thanks Haunani!! 💕😃 he was fun to doodlewash. I can’t help but add a little character to these animals even when they’re realistic. Hehe Glad you like him!

  7. Teri C 1 year ago

    Wonderful detail and color and interesting facts. You are giving us such a good animal education. 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Teri!! 💕😃 Yep…I have to resort to animal education when I’m at a loss for a personal story. I’ve never met an iguana in my life! 😊Lol

  8. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Nice sketching and detail Charlie, these guys are not easy to draw. Your color is beautiful. For J is say Jackal.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon! 💕😃 Yeah…he was a bit of a challenge to make. I guess I could have skipped a lot of the detail, but I love exploring all the little nooks and crannies on these creatures. 😊hehe

  9. Jodi 1 year ago

    What an illustrious iguana charlie o! you rocked it! the lumps and bumps and colors and texture……. ooooo la la !

    So tomorrow is J – hmmmmmmm…. While I love all the suggestions of jaguars, jellyfish, jackals, and jackrabbits, you do know JODI begins with J …. 🙂 just sayin’

    maybe you could you make a beautiful artistic version of a Jodi – looking more like – say – – – – Jessica Alba! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! ❤️😃 hehe…I yes!! J IS for Jodi, of course! But I think I’m sticking with animals now, so it’s entirely possible you’ll end up looking like a jaguar or a jellyfish. Apologies in advance!! 😊

      • Jodi 1 year ago

        I am quite an animal…. just sayin’ hahahaha! Of course you know this is all in J for JEST! 🙂 <3

      • Author

        Haha!! You animal you!! Love ya!! ❤️😃

      • Jodi 1 year ago

        hahahahahaha!

  10. Carmel Campbell 1 year ago

    Wonderful sketch. We once had an Iguana. It was 6 inches at the pet store and grew to be 6 feet. A challenging pet!

    • Author

      Oh my gosh!!!! That’s wild! You actually had one? That sounds like a really high maintenance pet! Hehe… But how cool!!

      • Carmel Campbell 1 year ago

        Every fall she would lay 36 eggs. We would then feed her with a turkey baster loaded with Ensure and ground up vitamins to restore her health. She was very high maintenance!

      • Author

        That’s amazing! Can’t even imagine what that would be like! Hehe

  11. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Is that a smiling Iguana I see, Charlie? Hehe! 😜 Another AMAZING doodlewash! WOWZA! 🎨😄💕

    • Author

      Hehe…I couldn’t resist adding the smile…or is it a smirk?! Lol Thanks so much Jill!! Glad you like this smiley guy! 💕😃

  12. Kari 1 year ago

    It must have been quite a task to include all the bumps and folds! He has a wonderful face! Not a fan of reptiles.. I’m terrified of snakes!!!! It’s so fascinating to learn about these creatures.. I wonder if there is a limit on how many times an iguana can regenerate its tail.. The first j animal that came to my mind is a jaguar! That would be quite challenging but you certainly could do it! ❤️

    • Author

      Thanks so much Kari! 💕😃hehe…I wondered the same thing! Like how many times before his body says…okay…enough.. You obviously don’t need this anymore. Lol Jaguars are cool! Definitely at the top of the list! But yeah…so many spots…but this guy and the giraffe had them so I guess it’s cool! 😊

  13. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Mighty fine! Bumps and all.

  14. Another wonderful painting! Did you ever see the Werner Herzog remake of Bad Lieutenant where iguanas kept appearing apropos of nothing? Seriously weird…

  15. Fabio 1 year ago

    Great job, Charlie! The quality of your drawing goes hand in hand with the richness of your text. Bravo!

  16. debiriley 1 year ago

    fabulous iguana with lovely detail and colours! great drawing 🙂 for the “K” what about….. kangaroo? with their wonderful soft eyes? cheers! debi

    • Author

      Thanks Debi!! 💕😃Glad you liked my lizard! Hehe Yeah Kangaroo and Koala are in a neck and neck race at this point! Hehe

      • debiriley 1 year ago

        bet they’re wanting the koala, but koalas eyes are pretty scary looking up close. spooky. Roos eyes are softer, kinder in appearance. …just sayin’
        laughing now!

      • Author

        I agree…but I took the challenge to make the eyes look cuter! About to post it soon! Hehe 😉

      • debiriley 1 year ago

        good for you Charlie, look forward to it!

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