With their little heads, long necks and fluffy bodies they do look a little strange, but they’re somehow super cute and full of character – there’s a reason that llama print is bang on trend right now!
So they’re the perfect animal to bring you for our next flow drawing guide. Not only is the llama totally different to our other flow drawing designs, but it’s overflowing with ways to inspire children and help them bring personality and creativity to their art.
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Black Oil Pastel
Llamas have lovely fluffy wool, just like sheep, so we need to use a slightly different technique than normal to draw them.
Instead of aiming for smooth lines, we’re looking for nice rounded squiggles! So before we put crayon to paper, let’s have a little practice. Loop the loop over and over to create that fluffy-looking texture. It doesn’t matter if your loops point up or down, just let your squiggles flow naturally.
Now it’s time to start with the only non-fluffy area of the llama, her mouth. Begin towards the top of the paper; sweep out to the left, down and back around again, to create a sort of rectangle shape with rounded corners.
Now let’s try our first squiggle! Start at the top of the mouth and use those loop the loops to create a super cute poufy hair style for the llama.
Before we get carried away with our squiggles, let’s draw the llama’s ear – it should be quite tall and rounded.
Back to squiggles! Starting up by the ear, squiggle in a line all the way down to the bottom of the page. Remember that llamas have nice long elegant necks!
From beneath the mouth, squiggle down in a line again to form the other side of the neck.
Finally, add a curved squiggle from the hair to the neck, to separate the llama’s smooth mouth from her fluffy body.
Now let’s bring her to life! You can give her an open eye, but we love this trendy closed-eye look. It’s easy to draw – just a curved line with a few straight eyelashes sticking out – but gives her tons of personality. And of course she needs a big smile!
She’s not quite finished yet, though: this pretty llama needs some accessories! Llama’s are originally from Peru, which is known for its bright colors, bold patterns, tassels and flowers, so this could be a great place to start looking for inspiration. Equally, just get creative and use your imagination! She could be a princess with a tiara, or sheriff with a star badge – the options are endless!
And don’t forget to add some decorations in the background to really enhance the design!
Now use your watercolor paints to wash over the llama – remember, your oil pastel lines will repel the water and stay nice and defined.
If you don’t want to use watercolors, you could always try exploring the oil pastels further, instead of just using them for the outline. You could smudge colors to create blends, experiment with pressure to achieve different shades, or even use the pastel on it’s side like doing a wax crayon rub.
It will definitely be messier than watercolor paints, but you’ll have lots of fun and get some really vibrant colours and effects!
We’ve loved developing this new design for you, so we really hope you enjoy it – and we can’t wait to see your funky llamas!
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