Look Out For Jumping Spiders!

Look Out For Jumping Spiders Doodlewash and watercolor sketch of spider crawling out of sketchbook

It’s back to crawling things for today’s #NatureDoodlewash and so we have this jumping spider that climbed out of my sketchbook. That didn’t actually happen, of course, as I wouldn’t be able to type this now if it had. But while searching for references, I happened across this odd little spider and decided to doodlewash him. Truth be told, my friend Teresa recently made a comment implying it was good my flying ant wasn’t a spider, but went on to say that “poor spiders get such a bad rap.” I have to agree, so I’m featuring this one today since it’s the kind that comes up when you google “cute spider.” And, of course, I still think it’s creepy as hell, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Since most of us know that spiders have eight legs, the interesting thing about jumping spiders is that they also have eight eyes. That clocks in at four pairs of eyes and apparently they use all of them. I mean, of course, why have them otherwise. They are called jumping spiders because they can jump 50 times their body length thanks to a complicated hydraulic system evolved to overcome their rather weak legs. Interestingly, they can see in color and scientists think they have color vision comparable to humans. Not sure any of this makes them qualify as “cute,” but there you have it.

It is interesting to think about what we define as beauty. This creepy and odd looking spider would certainly be considered beautiful by his other spider friends I would think. Or perhaps not. I’ve no idea what the spider definition of beauty is. It’s incredibly difficult to keep up with the human definition which seems to be changing all the time. We’re all as beautiful as we will ourselves to believe I think. And I’m sure this little guy thinks he’s quite handsome. Just one gaze into those two large main eyes, could you possibly agree? Well, maybe if he promised to just sit there staring longingly and not, heaven forbid, actually jump.

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yellow, Gamboge, Azo Orange, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green Pale, Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Pyrrol Red, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

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  1. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    ACK!!! LOL! I actually applaud you for doodlewashing a spider when you’re not fond of them either. I wouldn’t want to stare long enough at one (even a photo of one) to paint it. 😛

    Much as they creep me out, I must commend you for making a beautiful doodlewash of one! 🙂 xo

  2. Margaret Parker Brown 7 years ago

    Creepy! But there are some of those cool ones that fly with their webbing and it is fun to see the filament all through the air. Did it creep you out drawing and painting your spider?

  3. Wow, I’m not much for bugs and the like, Charlie, but this guy is awesome! He’s popping right out of the screen, and he’s actually kinda cute! 😀 I just love his eyes, and I’m in awe of your shadows pretty much every time, guy. Bravo!

    • Author

      Awww thanks Laura! 😃💕 I love eyes and shadows! Hehe… Just like a lot of dimension. Probably could have given this little guy a bit more, but had to go fast as always. 😊hehe Glad you liked it!!

  4. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Beautifully creepy Charlie! Well done, but I’m happy to look at him/her only on paper. Hehe!

    • Author

      Haha! Me too! I would likely scream in a very embarrassing way if this thing really came out of my sketchbook. 😳But glad you liked the sketched version, Sharon! 😃💕

  5. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    This spider gives me the creeps to think it could jump onto you when you aren’t expecting it! Eek! 😳 Good details on this ugly beast, Charlie! 🎨👍🕷

  6. Angie 7 years ago

    I actually think you made this little guy cute-ish with your doodlewash. Those eyes make him cute, but not so much the body. I think what creeps me out most about spiders are their bodies. Back to the eyes… Your doodle portrays them like innocent puppy eyes. He totally looks like he’s staring longingly. Nice work!

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Angie! 😃💕Yeah, the pics of these guys labeled “cute” tend to have the legs folded in. The legs are just super creepy! But I want them for the shadows! Lol

  7. debiriley 7 years ago

    Charlie, thats marvellous doodlewashed detail on a darling spider! I was very impressed with the leggings he has on too, such lovely finery 🙂 and thank you for making him look cute, not wicked….whew. I’m not a huge fan of spiders since moving to Perth, redback spider capital,

    • Author

      Hehe…it was a challenge to find a bit of cute in this guy. Spiders are super freaky!! And Perth ones sound terrifying!! Lol Glad you liked the doodlewash of him though, Debi! 😃💕

      • debiriley 7 years ago

        I don’t mind the big Sydney ones are quiet cute and harmless huntsman spiders; but the little redbacks… 🙁

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 7 years ago

    Jumping spiders – gonna make me jump! Still, your doodlewash is very cute, Charlie. His eyes implore me to accept him as he is – long legged, in need of a shave, and committed to his place in your journal.
    Ah, art.

    BTW: Seems I’ve been de-followed from your site – and I think from a whole bunch of other sites as well. Don’t know what happened but I’ve signed up to follow you again and will catch up with the posts I missed.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 😃💕And yay to the refollow! I don’t know why that happens but I’ve had it happen before. And so happy you accept this little guy for who he is! Hehe Kinda creepy and all!

  9. Jacob 7 years ago

    You know, I was only earlier wondering whether you were going to do a spider! You’ve certainly done about as good a job as anybody could I reckon, of making this creature seem friendly. The eyes look almost docile, as if saying, “I’m not really cold and calculating, honest! I haven’t just eaten my mate!”

    I’ve had jumping spiders crawling/jumping about on my hands before (they weren’t very big, I hasten to add). It’s quite a shock to the eyes when they spring into life – blink, and they’re out of here!

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob!😃Yeah… I was hoping to get a tiny bit of cute out of this, but wow! Super hard when it’s a spider. Though hairs legs are not super welcoming! And ewwww…I would run screaming like a 5 year old girl if one jumped on me. Yikes!!

      • Jacob 7 years ago

        Ha! Oh, they were only teeny. It’s fun when they walk around on your hand and arms though – it tickles! 😉 But yes, if big momma turned up, I’d probably scream too.

  10. Teri C 7 years ago

    An awesome rendition of this ugly spider. Cute? Not! Beautiful painting? YES,

  11. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    Gross I battle spiders on the boat every weekend. But still I will have to admit you did a fine rendition. Lol

  12. Jodi 7 years ago

    Only YOU could make a spider BeYOUtiful!

  13. YesterdayAfter 7 years ago

    You just have so much creativity and the ability to turn anything in great and beautiful! 😉 <3

  14. M. L. Kappa 7 years ago

    Good job, Charlie! I must confess I’ve got a soft spot for garden spiders – as long as they don’t have hairy legs. I’m always rescuing them out of the bathtub 🕷

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Marina! 😃💕 Hehe…Awww…that’s so sweet of you!! Yeah…I’m the same. The hairy legs are a deal breaker. As is the size. The bigger they are the more they freak me out! 😊hehe

      • M. L. Kappa 7 years ago

        Me too! I only like the ones with tiny bodies and long, elegant legs, or the very teeny ones you find on flowers and which turn the color of the flower

  15. I am going for the cute option, I maybe one of the few, but in my eyes most spiders are cute, only a small number are blessed with poor looks where you should want to rush behind the door to hide ( those are probably the safe harmless ones too) look as her eyes, what’s not to like ❤️

    • Author

      Wow! you’re in the “most” spiders are cute camp… hehe… nice! I have to say they don’t bother me small, but not sure if I think they’re cute or not. Hehe Glad you liked this doodlewash, Rebecca! 😃💕

  16. Birgit Winter 7 years ago

    Iiiiiiiiiiiihks … I must confess I don’t like Spiders… I can tolerate them outside of my flat and inside I try not to kill them while showing them the way to the door… but that’s all! :-))

  17. memadtwo 7 years ago

    I’ve seen these…I was a little startled by the jumping! I had to look them up online to confirm that was normal behavior. I like that you made him a bit goofy. (K)

  18. Carol King 7 years ago

    Beautifully doodlewashed spider but boy am I creeped out. 🙂

  19. Jui 7 years ago

    this is so realistic! Nice work!!

  20. ybromfield 7 years ago

    Fabulous doodlewash! I used to love to watch spiders when I was a kid. Just found them fascinating. LOL. I’m in class catching up on your blog while my students are taking a test. I’m really loving the high contrast of your doodlewashes lately. Your subjects really jump off the page, hopefully not onto my page.. HaHa!

    • Author

      Haha! Yeah…I really hope this one doesn’t jump! Hehe…hope you enjoyed your little break! Thanks so much, Kari! 😃💕

  21. hmunro 6 years ago

    Most of our bugs in Minnesota are small and nonvenomous, which gives me the luxury of finding jumpy spiders *adorable.* They always seem so twitchy and hyper-alert, like they’ve had one too many espressos. I love how you’ve captured that quality, Charlie — those beady little eyes are so alive and full of curiosity! A painting as lovely as yours deserves a bit of spider cheerleading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_yYC5r8xMI ::) <—— that's a spider smiley

  22. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Just the thought of jumping spiders creeps me out! That said, I appreciate their amazing body design and ability to spin webs. great sketch.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yeah, they’re creepy, yet marvelous creatures for sure! hehe 😉

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