We’ve reached the last letter of our alphabet! Not surprisingly, this comes with an inevitable doodlewash of this young zebra. There are precious little options for the letter Z, and although Zorse and Zonkey were tempting, I decided to try a pure zebra for my first time ever doodlewashing one. I have to say it was rather cathartic to make it to the end of this little adventure, but also a little sad. Since I love animals so much, this project is a little harder to put down than the ones before it. If you have a suggestion for next month’s project, please let me know in the comments!
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you my customary sloppy research on this little zebra so here’s what I’ve found. Just like human fingerprints and snowflakes, a zebra’s stripes are individual and no two share the exact same pattern. Though on the surface, the signature stripes appear to be the worst camouflage ever, they are actually a great defense mechanism. When a herd of zebras runs together, a visually striking black and white mosiac occurs, that makes it incredibly hard for predators to single out an individual zebra to attack. Even standing alone, this “disruptive coloration” breaks up the outline of the body and makes it hard for predators to see them.
Zebras communicate with facial expressions, loud braying and barking sounds along with sniffing and snorting. The position of the ears and how wide they open their eyes are all signals of what they are thinking at the time. At least, for anyone who speaks zebra, which is mainly limited to other zebras. So there you have it! Though this is the last letter in the project, tomorrow is Leap Day so there’s still more to come. I’m swapping a couple of the letters out with brand new doodlewashes that I’ll be sharing tomorrow along with the reveal of the first ever Doodlewash ABC poster, so stay tuned for a bit more of this adventure yet to com!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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