With very few options for “U” except for creatures most people have never heard of, we ended up with a unicorn. The other well-known option was urchin, as in sea urchin, but those didn’t inspire me today and end up looking like weird naughty bits in an illustration, so the unicorn was really the only place to go next. Also, these are legendary creatures that have been described since antiquity, and were once considered real. By antiquity, I mean the really old 2nd century AD kind, not the 1980’s version.
If you did happen to go to school during the 1980’s, however, you were probably surrounded by rainbow-colored unicorn school supplies in a fad started by Lisa Frank. Though, these candied cousins are not the unicorns from the early days. The original unicorns were simply white and could be lured into submission by virgins. They were ferocious and wild, but according to Leonardo da Vinci they forgot themselves when in the presence of a damsel and would go to sleep in her lap. Apparently unicorns were much smaller then, or Renaissance virgins had really big laps.
My research has been reduced to one minute as we’re going to see a show tonight and I need to head downstairs and leave shortly. And since there’s no proof of this creature’s existence, I’ll leave it to your own imagination as to what you’d like to believe about this one. It was really just a way to try doodlewashing a second horse for practice. I’m thinking of creating an ABC poster of this series once complete so I may end up making some alternate doodlewashes for a couple of these, and this could include that little urchin after all. From here on out, there’s really only “W” that offers many options, so you’ll likely be able to guess what’s ahead.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. 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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