Yippity Yama the Llama

I love Llamas! We’ve never been to Peru but have taken and collected many pictures of these delightful creatures over the years. I just had to include one in our TRAVELS event.

The background is made a two tone muted red to replicate an old stucco building. The dark value will accent the sunlit highlights on the Llama.

Much like painting a white horse the body of the Llama is blocked in with various shades of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a bit of Cadmium Orange + White. Mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White are also used. I want the shadow areas to be dark enough so the White highlights POP! The sunlit portions are painted with lighter values of the above mixtures. Pure White is reserved for the highlights on the head.

Moving to the head of the Llama the basic shadows are also painted. The gray muzzle is made of Alizarin Crimson + Phtalo Blue + White.

The pure White highlights on this guy’s face make him stand out from the background. We think the way Peruvian’s decorate their Llamas with tassels is so cool. They look as if they are ready to go to a party!

Now for the “Jack White” eye. The entire dark area of the eye is painted first with MUD + Liquin. Then I make a thin crescent of Burnt Sienna (MUD + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Red Light + White) along the lower curve of the eye. The center of the crescent is made a little lighter.

Then a tiny white catch light is added just under the upper lid. Since the light is coming from the upper left the catch light is placed at 11 o’clock. The lightest part of the crescent on the other side of the eye is at 5 o’clock. This is because the sunlight from above hits the top part of the eye then is transmitted through the clear cornea to illuminate the iris on the other side. This same “Jack White” eye technique works for people and any kind of animal. Please remember, don’t put the catch light in the middle of the pupil, your subject will appear to be drugged.

Yippity Yama       14″ x 11″      Original Oil Painting

As a little girl I called Llamas, “Yippity Yamas”, thus the name for this fun little fellow. No matter how often I see Llamas they always make me smile. Have a great day! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “Yippity Yama the Llama”

  1. Elaine Kolodziej Says:

    too cute! 🙂

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