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“Larry the Llama” ink painting

"Larry the Llama" ink painting final
“Larry the Llama” ink painting

Larry the Llama lives at Bravo Farms in Traver, CA. He will come to you if you have llama feed from the little coin-operated dispenser. He does not want you to pet him or even talk to him. In fact, he was even spitting at a couple of the kind souls who were feeding him. I love his llamatude anyway.

I began with Blick Premiere hot press watercolor block. I used plastic triangles glued and taped together to form an 8″ x 8″ square. I drew around the shape to create my image boundaries, using an 08 Micron pen, which is waterproof ink. Then, using my own photo reference of Larry, I drew in the main contour lines using a mechanical pencil.

After the pencil lines, I inked in the outlines using a Micron brush pen, which is also waterproof. I erased the pencil marks and Larry was ready to be painted!

Then it was time for the first wash on colored ink using Inktense blocks by Derwent. First, I made puddles of Inktense color in a teal, a bright green, and a yellow-green. I taped off the image boundaries with pink painter’s tape to keep the outside ink-free. Then I worked wet-on-dry onto the paper with my squirrel mop brush, starting with the lightest color and working toward the darkest. I let the very damp colors bleed into each other.

Videos and work-in-progress photos below.

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