The Green Llama – A Tale of Photographic Inspiration

The photo that inspired a beast this weekend: Alpaca Eating from deviantART

Perhaps you remember this photo as one from my post Big Are the Noses. Which is slightly ridiculous because only like three people read that. (Incidentally, is that bad blogging form?  To continually remind the [nonexistent] audience that they are part of a practically nonexistent audience?  Would someone kindly forward a pdf copy of the manual?)

Anyway, I ordered a boatload of deviantART photos with close-ups of mostly farmyard-type-animal noses (you can purchase the fellow above here!), and I started using them as a guide to some brightly-colored, not-quite-farmyard-anymore beasts. Like the following, who appeared this weekend, and was modeled on the above photo:

Green and Blue Alpaca Original Ink Art

Strange but colorful alpaca beast. Possibly a llama. And less likely but still feasible – a camel. He wouldn’t tell me. I asked several times. Once I brought a sugar cube and once a lovely, fresh carrot. He took both very politely but still refused to speak.

Then it occurred to me! Maybe he doesn’t speak English. I have both a Dutch and a Portuguese translator on the way in. If that doesn’t work, one of my neighbors speaks a little Korean and a little Japanese. (For sale in my shop.)  :o)

He looks totally emo*, right?  It wasn’t intentional. I think mainly it’s the hair. And the eyes are a bit.. human. As soon as we overcome this language barrier, I will ask him about his ancestry.

8″ x 10″ drawing using Copic pens, Copic markers and Prismacolor markers, on a heavy board with Bristol finish.  Took about 5 hours.  Maybe less. Hmm, I really don’t know!  I will have to time one.

Anyway, the eyes could be improved and the ears aren’t quite screwed on correctly, but mostly I like him.  I need to experiment more with shapes that are not swirls.  Also, need to consider doing a whole farmyard-beast body one of these days.

Thanks for stopping in. ;)


*Emo – “Like a Goth, only much less dark and much more Harry Potter.” (Thank you,  Urban Dictionary.)

6 thoughts on “The Green Llama – A Tale of Photographic Inspiration

  1. Mary C. Nasser

    Your art is fabulous!
    I am so honored that you hooked up with my blog hop! Yay! Thanks, too, for posting the link here. :)

    And thank you from the bottom of my heart for complimenting my doggie, too…my weakness!

    Glad I’m following your blog!

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Thank you so much! If you happen to stop back here, there is a link on the right to “Wilson the Snackmaster” page. Wilson is our super cute Lhasa/King Charles mix. :)

      The blog hop is really cool and I am finding some neat folks that way!

  2. StrungArt

    I recently discovered how cute Llamas are, or maybe they were Alpacas….. I also came home with a bag of Alpaca (or whatever) wool to spin :) If I get it done I will dye it to match your green and blue pic, love the colors :)

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Haha, thank you! I had to look them up, too. Llamas are taller and have tall, curved banana-shaped ears. Alpacas have short straight ears. If that helps. :D

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