There were so many options for “S” it was super hard to choose, so in the end, I just opted for the most colorful option I could find. Choosing a snake, I then landed on this bright green little guy who I think is a Chinese rat snake, though I rather improvised my way through his creation. I’m not really a fan of snakes usually, but this one seemed rather cute as snakes go, so I decided to doodlewash him.
This kind of snake apparently feeds mainly on rats and other rodents so that’s where the name comes from. The actual scientific name is, as ever, something unpronounceable, as names you can’t pronounce make scientists feel superior. Though this one is still rather small, adult versions can be over 1 meter (3 feet) in length. This particular kind of snake is not venomous to humans and can be held without striking, if you’re someone who is into holding snakes.
Truthfully, snakes rather terrify me, with or without venom, so I figured I would confront my fears by painting one. And once again, I needed a break from all the brown and black that seems to be prevalent in so many creatures. Though I managed to get through the doodlewash, this did nothing to ease my fear of snakes and I’ll still be avoiding them in real life. But for any of you out there who are snake fans, here’s one for you! Next up is “T”, so if you have a suggestions, please shout them out in the comments!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Permanent Green Pale, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon blue ink and second pen with black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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