Further Adventures of Steampunk Llama, Copic Color

Welcome back!  Steampunk Llama, aka Futurellama, aka Charlotte, is complete. Probably.

The first color never looks good and I sometimes question whether the piece is worth finishing at this point.  (Well, maybe less now than I used to.)

Steampunk Llama, Color 1

Ah, much better. Thank you, Copic markers.

Steampunk Llama Color 2

I was mostly able to correct the problems created in the initial inking. The horribly lopsided circles are much better now and the weird baby crib thing in the top right (see previous post) is now a tube and a porpoise-looking bit of machinery.

Steampunk Llama Color 3

And then I couldn’t decide on the hair color. I was planning on red.  But would it be red and brown or red and purple or red and orange? I almost did red and orange (and brown, probably), but I didn’t really want to go red on blue.  Or blue and orange, really, despite their being complementary and all that. Anyway, I thought I had a nice assortment of blues to do the hair and using the same color as the skin but different hues can have a nice effect. I do really need more practice with hair though, whether this kind or another kind.

Blue Llama Steampunk Color 4

Haven’t 100% decided about whether to fill the background, but it might be nice to get prints with different digital backgrounds.  May go back with a 0.05 nib for some finer detail, but may not. Almost avoided the shading swirls I’ve been using, for fear of additional clutter on an already busy field. But I used larger ones closer to the background color and achieved the effect I like with a bit more subtlety. Or so I foolishly think.  ;o)

As a side note, I still browse deviantART regularly and the overwhelming number of really accomplished artists can be a bit disheartening. (Is there room for any more? Will I ever achieve the skill level of these people? Do I need more formal training? That sort of thing. ) Just going to keep slogging on, though.

Blue Steampunk Llama Color 5

This is Charlotte, a distinguished, long-time independent agent for the Urban Camelid* Protection League, and as such she was not at liberty to reveal the uses for her various apparatuses. I believe the free-hanging tube is both a speech device and and a unit that can be attached remotely to certain mechanical gadgetry. But this is purely speculation on my part.

Charlotte was very friendly and professional, but despite my crafty line of questioning she did not reveal any UCPL secrets. This is why she is one of their most respected field agents, I imagine.

Drop a line and let me know how you ended up here!  :o)


*Camelids include camels, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos.

12 thoughts on “Further Adventures of Steampunk Llama, Copic Color

  1. Sheri

    I love it! What a great idea! She looks like a quirky entreprenurial (oh, that can’t be spelled right) inventor Llama. Is she finished? She looks brilliant!

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Sheri! It’s been ages! I think she might be finished since she’s plenty busy as-is. Considering a steampunk goat next. :o)

  2. M Smith Gentry

    Cindy, your work is awesome and makes me smile…the colors rock! And I love, love, your steampunk llama…I have been dying to do a steampunk piece…you have inspired me more! Very happy to be a part of the Art Blog Hop with you. :)

    M Smith Gentry

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Thank you! I’ve been inspired by lots of artists recently so I’m glad I could pass a bit along. And thank you for stopping by!

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Oh my goodness, how did you find the time to visit! I hope the sheep-escaping problem is solved.

      Thank you so much for the kind words. So nice of you to drop in!

  3. Jane

    Cindy, thanks so much stopping by my blog and leaving a note. I can most certainly understand why you would want to stick with Copic’s. Outstanding animal art. Bravo!

  4. Penelope

    Tried to comment on another post but it kept telling me the password was wrong…I hope this works…

    Love your work! So glad yo stopped and commented on my blog—brought me here and I will be back (especially to see how that banner of yours progresses). Make s me think maybe I need to think about mine… Love your work!

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Thank you so much for visiting! (And sorry about the password thing!) Love your work, too!

      Also – wow! My first post with 10 comments! (even if half are mine)

  5. Kirstin


    You have such a beautiful style. I love this llama!And I love that you have thrown in a steampunk twist!

    Huge thanks for your comments on my blog – I emailed a reply but I think they were diverted to a do-not-reply addy. But I am so please you did other wise I would have missed these lovely creations!


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