J Is For Jaguar

Baby Jaguar Doodlewash

I started thinking it might be fun to do a jellyfish for today’s doodlewash, but then realized they don’t really have expressive eyes (all four of them), so we ended up with a baby jaguar instead. I feel like eyes are the best part of drawing living things so I’m partial to creatures with very visible and defined ones. I found it interesting that jaguars are born with their eyes and ears sealed shut, but I couldn’t find the reason why. I imagine it’s just a much gentler way to enter this crazy world than we humans had to endure.

After just six months, little jaguars are taught how to hunt and after their second birthday, they’ll leave their folks to live on their own. Talk about a low maintenance kid! But this little guy will become a big predator when he grows up and will eat pretty much anything with a pulse, including fish by using his tail as a lure. There are no natural predators for jaguars, but there are unnatural ones in the form of humans, who hunt them for sport and destroy their rain forests, placing them as “near threatened” on the IUCN Red List.

This is sad because in the wild, the jaguar is pretty much a badass with stronger jaws than any other species of cat. Even their name is badass as it comes from the Native American word “yajuar” meaning “he who kills with one leap.” I wouldn’t want to run into this guy when he gets a bit older, but right now he’s just pleasantly cute. Also, I hope you’re enjoying these little fun facts as I simply don’t have personal stories for most of these creatures. I guess if I’d grown up in a zoo I might have, but that sadly didn’t happen, contrary to the rumors. Next up is “K” so cast your votes in the comments if there’s something you’d like to see next!


About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Quinacrodine Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second 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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56 Comments
  1. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Look at that cutie-pie! <3 Oh, and your jaguar, too! LOL! I only now realized that I forgot to suggest anything for J yesterday. Yeah, all babies are cute…and then they grow up. 😉

    Oh, K…kangaroo, of course; maybe koala? Katydid? 🙂

  2. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Wow! Well done, Charlie! It does look quite adorable now as a little guy. 😄 How about Kangeroo for the letter, K? Enjoy your weekend, my friend! 💜🎨😍

    • Author

      Thanks Jill!! 💕😃 hope you’re enjoying your weekend too! And I think K will definitely be an Australian animal, but a Koala is vying for the spot as well. I, of course, have no idea yet who will win! 😊Lol

  3. Kari 2 years ago

    Such a sweet kitty! Lol. I do agree with you about the eyes. I think the eyes define their personalities. I have been seeing so many photos of people who hunt exotic animals just for fun. Just makes me sad. I hope this little one has an opportunity to be the badass in the wild. Fantastic doodlewash! I would suggest Komoda dragon for K but you’ve already done an iguana and dinosaur.. So maybe a koala.. 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Kari! 💕😃Yeah…hunting for sport is stupid and irresponsible. Humans can be so dumb. This guy definitely needs his chance at being a badass! Lol Yeah…I’m thinking Koala and Kangaroo are in a fight to the finish! 😉

  4. Tom Merriman 2 years ago

    I absolutely love the eyes, Charlie.

  5. Carol 2 years ago

    What a sweet rendition of a badass cat! His eyes are so soulful. How about koi or koala? Happy weekend!

    • jmnowak 2 years ago

      Koi are beautiful… 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Carol!! 💕😃Pretty cute for a badass, eh? Hehe The Aussie animals are winning the vote on “K” so we’ll see either a Kangaroo or a Koala later I’m sure!

  6. imustseemovie.com 2 years ago

    Very cute

  7. cindy knoke 2 years ago

    He is sublime~

  8. memadtwo 2 years ago

    He’s very soulful.
    Koala or kangaroo. (K)

    • Author

      Thanks Kerfe!! I try really hard to add a little soul in. Glad it shows. And yes!! We shall have one of those, but I don’t know which yet. Hehe

  9. Jacob 2 years ago

    Charlie!!! This is incredible!!! I was quietly hoping that the jaguar would beat the jellyfish, because I knew how it would turn out, but this is even sweeter than I expected. It’s too much for me to handle <3 just a stunning jaguar cub – I can't stop looking into his eyes. Do more little big cats, mister! That's an order.

    K is for Koala. Kingfisher. Kestrel. King snake.

    • jmnowak 2 years ago

      Australian kingfisher, known as the laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), and a link re the schoolyard song I sang in my youth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kookaburra_%28song%29. I remember it as if it were yesterday: [….], gay your life must be.”

      • Author

        Awww cool, Janina! Hehe.::Kookaburra! Totally forgot about that one! Well it’s definitely going to be an Animal from down under next. All the good “K” animals are Australian! Lol

        • jmnowak 2 years ago

          Oh, yes, we have the weirdest and most wonderful animals in ALL the world!! lol. We’re an island and, much like Madagascar, they’ve developed in isolation to their uniqueness. Look forward to seeing what you doodle next, Charlie. Love all your wonderful work! 🙂

    • Author

      Awww thanks Jacob! Yeah…jellyfish feel too much like abstract art and that’s not my gig. Need a pair of eyes to peer into and I’m good. Glad you like him. I seriously wanted one after sketching this. 😊hehe…but they never stay properly small. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend my friend!

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        I missed out the ‘eek’ – this is definitely eek-worthy. Eeeek!!! 😉 Oh, they’re equally magical when big, just maybe a bit more of a handful! I want one too but perhaps its for the best if we stick with your doodlewash.

        • Author

          Hehe…yeah…definitely safer in doodlewash form!! Though a little plush would be nice. 😊

          • Jacob 2 years ago

            Haha. You should go to the zoo – and so should I! – they might let you cuddle a cub. My mother once got a hug with a baby tiger – that’s just not fair!!

  10. courtney pesek 2 years ago

    This would be great on anything from that store..a pillow..a shower curtain…a throw…this is fabulous!

    • Author

      Hehe!! Thanks Court! ❤️❤️😃Glad you liked him! I will be adding this series to my store! At least some of the more cuddly animals like this!

  11. Jodi 2 years ago

    Adorable jaguar. And amazingly it looks just like me!! 😉😊😊❤️

  12. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Easy to get lost in the beauty of those eyes…fantastic painting, seems to hold a well of emotion in this portrait. Just lovely.

  13. Teri C 2 years ago

    Just beautifully done!

  14. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Gorgeous painting Charlie, his eyes are filled with wonder. I’m enjoying your alphabet soup this month!

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃hehe..:yeah, I’m really enjoying this so far! Glad I’m sticking with animals after all. They’re fun to doodlewash!

  15. Tori 2 years ago

    Oh he is just lovely! Those eyes, the markings on his fur, they’re amazing!

  16. Beautiful, soulful eyes! Very sweet and lovely, my bro and friend! I’m so glad you painted my suggestion! 💚💚💚 Ooh, I like Jill’s kangaroo idea for the letter K. Hmm…..kestrel would be cool if you wanted to do a bird. A kangaroo would be so cute! I hope you have a wonderful Weekend of Love 💚💚💚

    • Author

      Thanks so much Laura!! ❤️😃hehe…he was fun to doodlewash. And “K” is apparently a favorite letter for animals in Australia so I can guarantee it will be Aussie at least! Still haven’t decided though. 😊 Have a fantastic weekend!!!

  17. giada46 2 years ago

    It’s amazing..

  18. Snehal Kank 2 years ago

    Owaa!!! He is so cute! What a amazing illustration Charlie! 😍

  19. corinnebekker 2 years ago

    Loving your alphabet animals. And the fun facts too. Great idea. I like to read them. Will be back for more, when the busy times over here are quieting down. Looking forward to that!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Corinne! 💕😃Hope everything is going well through your busy times! (It’s been the same here lately!!) Hope it will settle down soon!

  20. Sharon Nolfi 6 months ago

    You’ve captured his young age in this portrait. Lovely.

  21. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    Love your jaguar! Always wished that Dad would bring one home from the zoo, but we only got lions and tigers and a cougar once or twice. If you haven’t discovered the answer to your question about the reason that jaguars are born with closed eyes – most predator animals are born this way. Their eyes and ears aren’t quite developed when they are born, because the pregnancies are shorter, thus easier on mother’s that have to go out and hunt plus protect the offspring from males of their own species who are seldom nice fathers.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 And oh wow! Cool! That’s such a fun fact!

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