S Is For Snake

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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  1. thespiritkeepers 7 years ago

    Amazing how you can make the snake look 3D

  2. Carmel Campbell 7 years ago

    Super color! My son had a 4 ft ball python. Fun memories, especially when it would go missing!

  3. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    I love snakes! Never been afraid of them, for some reason (now, spider…oh my gawd….). Snakes are much maligned; they’re generally pretty decent fellows. Hubby accidentally kicked a Copperhead in the head once and instead of striking at hubby, it just gave him kind of a hurt-feelings look and took off.

    Yours is adorable! <3 If I weren't opposed to keeping wildlife as pets, I'd want him as a pet. 🙂 Scientific names are in Latin by convention…and dead languages are hard to pronounce. LOL!

    • Author

      Oh wow…thanks Teresa! I can’t imagine kicking a Cooperhead in the head. But sounds like the snake was nice about it! Lol Yeah…they have always freaked me out a bit, but I’ve never had any issues with them so I should rethink my stance I guess. Hehe

      • Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

        Hubby once used a cooler to trap and release a Timber Rattlesnake that was cozying up to his tractor. It was pretty docile, too. And I hadn’t even told you about my “pet” copperhead that was guarding a blueberry bush for me, had I? LOL!

  4. Jodi 7 years ago

    you actually made the snake so pretty and friendly looking in your doodlewash style. The neogreen is awesome! How did we get to “T” already?!??!! How about a crazy wild Tazmanian Devil? 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! 💕😃 Yeah…this is suddenly moving fast! Just a week to go! And Tasmanian devils are pretty cute actually. Unless you meant the cartoon! Hehe

  5. Arvind 7 years ago

    Nice work as usual! I love the attention to detail on the scales, and how you get the textures/shine just right in your paintings.

  6. Cathe 7 years ago

    What a super snake, love his vibrancy! So cool. I kinda like snakes and how they move.

  7. Jodi 7 years ago

    Oh wait! I know – Turtle! 🙂

  8. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    A Wowza back at you today Charlie, very cool. This snake is popping right off the page. Beautiful color. How about T for tarantula.

    • Author

      Awww thanks Sharon!! 💕😃 And Tarantula would take me to the other thing I’m scared of…spiders! Hehe…guess that could have been my “S” come to think of it!

  9. Love the color and he looks so real!! Like he’s ready to strike! Wow! Love this one, Charlie, and I’m not a lizard fan. Nice work! Love how slithery slimy he looks. Hmm T. I do like turtle and tarantula, both! Tanager is a really pretty bird. Hmm…..T should be easy! Tern! Terrier! Terrapin! Wow they’re all ter words lol. Yay, sounds like fun, whichever way you slice it! 😎👍🏼🎨😘💃🏻

    • Author

      Thanks Laura!! 💕😃 Glad you like him. It was fun to try to get a little slime going. lol Even though these things still freak me out! And yeah…there’s lots of possibilities for T. Yay! Some of these letters are tough. I think “U” is actually more difficult than Q looking ahead. Hehe

  10. Teri C 7 years ago

    YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!’ It looks way too real!

  11. memadtwo 7 years ago

    I like snakes…well the idea and symbolism of them anyway. Actually as a child I had no fear, and we used to play with garter snakes all the time. This one looks pretty benevolent.
    Turtle. (K)

    • Author

      Thanks Kerfe! 😃 Yeah…I figured if I made him look sweet he’d be less scary as I painted him. I think even as a kid garter snakes freaked me out. 😊hehe

  12. Sabiscuit 7 years ago

    He’s adorable. I like snakes from afar. Nature is winning. I started liking animals in small increments and it’s thanks to all the pet lovers of the Internet. I now admire them when I go for walks in the forest. They perk up for a quick hello and go back to sleep. Have a great week ahead.

    • Author

      Thanks! 💕😃And I agree…snaked from afar are the best! Hehe… I’ve always loved animals, but love them even more with all the various cute images and stories on the Internet. Hope you have a great week as well!

  13. kirkistan 7 years ago

    Great job–love the greens.

  14. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Now this animal would not seem so strange to be stripping – of it’s skin that is! 😳 Super doodlewash Charlie – although I’m not fond of snakes either. 😉 As for the letter T, I’m voting for a terrific tiger! 😍💕

    • Author

      Lol…thanks so much Jill! 💕😃 Yeah…I’m going to avoid these creatures whether stripping or not! They freak me out! 😊 And tiger is definitely on the list… I was looking at a baby one and they’re cute but look like a jaguar which I’ve already done. Hehe…who knows…I never decide until late afternoon!

  15. Kari 7 years ago

    Yikes! Not a big fan of snakes either. Yours is super cute but it still gives me shivers. When I was young still living in Okinawa, I had a close encounter with a Habu which is extremely deadly. Ever since then, I will not go near a snake. 😟

  16. anna warren portfolio 7 years ago

    Such a wonderfully shiny, smiling snake – great stuff Charlie! How about turkey, toucan, tortoise … T is a good letter!

    • Author

      Thanks Anna!! Glad you like my doodlewash! Wasn’t sure if I could make a snake seem cute. Hehe… And T does have a ton of options. Which is good and bad…I still don’t know what I’ll choose! Lol

  17. debiriley 7 years ago

    wonderful job Charlie! great face on him too – this snake Looks Friendly 🙂 I’m not a huge fan of snakes…. living where we do. I’ve ‘met in passing, 4 of the most deadly snakes, plus a 12 foot swamp python while walking.

    • Author

      Thanks Debi!! 💕😃And YIKES!!! Your comment is terrifying! I can’t imagine coming across snakes like that! I think I’ve only seen a python in a zoo exhibit.

      • debiriley 7 years ago

        Charlie, geesh! live a little! you haven’t experienced the THRILL of nearly having a stroke out in the bush, walking the dog – discovering the locals 🙂 mr. death adder has my vote for closest call though. I only wish, I’d seen him in an exhibit!

  18. Rebecca 7 years ago

    I like snakes, and he really stands off the page – what a beautiful colour too! 🙂

  19. Rebecca 7 years ago

    Tapir? Gotta love those stripy babies…

  20. kathiwerner 7 years ago

    Nice little fiendly-looking snake. I vote for Toucan – for the colors

  21. Jacob 7 years ago

    Perfect snake, Charlie! I’m terrified of the things but you’ve won me over. I love those luminous greens – I can’t work out if it makes him look cool, dangerous, or both. It’s the same with that apparent grin on his face!

    T is for Toad. Tiger. Tanager.

    • Author

      Yeah…he’s grinning because he wants you to think he’s sweet …lol….these things are spooky!! I don’t mind a doodlewash version but seeing one slither through the grass makes me jump and scream in a rather embarrassing way. 😊lol

      • Jacob 7 years ago

        I’ve never encountered one on the loose; there are meant to be lots of adders locally but no sightings (Thank heavens – I hope I’m not talking the things up!) I think I’d react the same way! Shudder!

  22. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    I am NOT fond of snakes. They are far too slithery for my liking. However your snake seems harmless enough even though he survives on rats and other rodents. Maybe that is how I can forgive him for being a snake? I await “T”!! 🙂 And yes to a toucan please!

    • Author

      Thanks Susan!! Hehe…yeah I’m am totally not a fan so it was a good challenge to make one seem sweet and not terrifying! Haha! And toucan is definitely being considered. I always decide right after work and then just go for it quickly! 😊lol

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