How to Illustrate a Cute Alpaca, Step-by-Step | Amy Richards | Skillshare

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How to Illustrate a Cute Alpaca, Step-by-Step

teacher avatar Amy Richards, Whimsical Illustrator

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5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Intro and Supplies List

    • 2. Sketching and Drawing

    • 3. Transferring Your Drawing

    • 4. Skillshare Alpaca Painting

    • 5. Skillshare Alpaca Final Details

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In this step-by-step class, students will learn how to sketch, transfer and paint an adorable alpaca in watercolor and ink. 

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Amy Richards

Whimsical Illustrator


I'm Amy Richards, a Raleigh-based freelance illustrator.

I have a passion for vintage children's book illustration and watercolor painting. I get daily help in my home studio from my 3 pups, well actually, they just keep my feet warm:)

Fun Facts: I have a collection of paper goods featuring over 150 greeting card designs. I am a big fan of the anything outdoors, flora and fauna are some of my favorite illustration subjects. Also food, love to eat it, love to paint it too!

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1. Intro and Supplies List: Hey, everybody, my name. Xavi Richards. I'm a freelance illustrator and a teacher. Welcome to my watercolor class. As an illustrator, I worked for my home studio, have created artwork for magazines, local city bus and most recently, I created a poster for our National Hockey League team. The Carolina Hurricanes are no packets, just the cutest, from their super funky hairstyles to their really expressive faces. They make an awesome subject matter for painting in. This class will go over how to sketch and draw out your old Paka, transferring it toe watercolor paper, and then we'll dive into the actual painting process during the painting portion will teach you lots of tips and tricks to help bring your all pack of the life. Next, you'll want to go ahead and hit, Pause and make a list of all the supplies you'll need. You can also download the PDF file that I've supplied 2. Sketching and Drawing: first, you'll start by sketching a large oval in the center of your paper. Rex will add a long neck, sort of a rounded rectangular shape. Then we'll come back in and do a small oval for the AL pack of space. Next, you will add some triangle shapes or the op ACOG's ears to create the alpacas legs. We will do a series of ovals that diminish in shape but are connected, going to go ahead and do his back legs, which are a little larger than his front legs, and then also add that second back leg, which will set back in space. Next you'll work on the alpacas muzzle, which is just another small oval. We will give him some for on top of his head, a nose and the mouth gonna go ahead and add some for around his neck, moving down his legs. I will start his hooves. All packets have two toes, and we will draw them here. From here, we will continue to add for around the outline of the alpacas body and around his head and add some eyes. I'm going to add two lines above the muzzle to denote that his face goes back in space. Now we will go ahead and go in and erase all of our sketch lines. I like to use a nice large eraser for this job. Now I'll come back and with my pencil and add back in any lines that I wanted to keep but lost with their racing. I'm also going to go ahead and give the Lama a tale. I'm going to start the cloth on the llamas back by drawing a rectangle. I'm going to add some more detail to the llamas face here. I'm adding some tassels to the llamas ears. I'm also going to go ahead and define the eyes a little more with some lashes. LAMAs have a really, really pronounced slashes both above their eyes and below. Gonna add some more, Do you tell to the muzzle and then I'm going to give the llama a cute little pom pom necklace. The last detail that I will add are some more pom poms attached to the cloth on the llamas back 3. Transferring Your Drawing: next we're going to trace are drawing first, you will take down your regular sheet of paper and then you will tape down your drawing. She over that. This will hold your paper in place for this lesson. I'm using a paper mate. Flare black Fine point pen. These are some of my favorites and I use them often in my work here. I'm just tracing my line work, keeping all the lines that I definitely want for my final drawing. - Next , I'm going to show you how to transfer your drawing. Go ahead and flip over your original drawing, and also flip over your tracing paper. You're going to start to add pencil to the back of your line where you want to make sure to cover all line work with pencil lead. I've spent up the process here, but please feel free to take your time. This part's pretty important as you want to make sure that once you flip the paper over and we start tracing pencil lead and you're drawing actually transfers through onto the paper, go ahead and take your watercolor paper to your table and then tape. You're tracing paper with the pencil lead side down onto your watercolor paper using a ballpoint pen. We're going to go over our line, work and press the pencil lightly into our watercolor paper. As you're working, it might be helpful. Teoh, raise your tracing paper up and see how your pencil drawing is transferring onto your watercolor paper. If some of those places air to light, all you need to dio is go back over those lines with your pet. 4. Skillshare Alpaca Painting: The next thing you'll need to dio is to secure your paper down to your working surface. Using watercolor masking tape. This specialty tape peels up really easily and doesn't harm your paper once you're ready to pull it up When working in watercolor, it's always a good practice to first lay down your water. Color washes with watercolor. You want to build up from a base layer. You can always add more layers. It's much more difficult to make a color lighter. Once you've already laid it down and it is dried. It's always better to start out light and then build up color as you go for the alpacas body. I'm using a mixture of raw number, raw sienna and burn number. I'm going head and I'm laying down a base coat first, and then I can go back and add more details later for the sky, I'm using a light wash of stay low green. This is one of my favorite colors to use for skies and for backgrounds of all different kinds. When you're trying to get in the details around the OAP. ACOG's body, a smaller brush works really well as you start to work into the larger spaces. You'll want to grab a larger brush like this one I'm using here. It really helps to keep the water and color moving and to fill it in more evenly. Lastly, I'm gonna go ahead and fill in those small white spaces using my smaller brush in between the Al Packers legs. Once you've allowed your first layer of water, color washes to dry a little bit can go back in and start adding some for details. I'm just using small squiggle marks to start out, and I'm going to layer them one over top of the other, - along with adding more for details around the face. I'm going to go ahead and darken the muzzle of the alpaca to start to bring it forward. I'm going to make the front hind leg and the back hind leg a little bit darker in color so that they sit back in space and so that the other two legs come forward. Once I've gone over the whole alpaca. With those for lines, I'm going to continue to go over in more detail with more for making it darker and just adding more texture for the hooves. I've added a little bit more of that burnt number color just to make them a darker brown. Using sap green and an upward flicking motion, I'm going to create grass just like we did with the for. You're going to create one layer of grass and then go back over it with a darker layer. You want to go ahead and fill in all of the green space below the pakis feet, and you can also do some blades of grass that are overlapping so that it looks like the grass is sitting in front of the AL pack up. Now comes my favorite part, which is adding all of the different colors. I'm using the Veridian green to start my pom poms here. Next I'm moving onto my ultra marine violet color and then the Hansa yellow, which is actually more of an orange. And then I'm gonna use the laser and crimson, which turns out as sort of a fuchsia like pink. All of the colors that I'm using for my project can be found in the PDF download. If you look below the video here, you'll see where you can download your own pdf and printed out at home, continuing on with the same color palette that I used for the Al Paco's pom poms. And, um, it's little tassels hanging from its years. I'm just going to create a pattern of fabric using some six bags and some dashes and some dots just a great something fine and colorful for the whole packet. Aware, you can also google alpacas, and you can find some really awesome, colorful decorative Peruvian fabrics to help you with your inspiration. - Lastly , I'm going to go ahead and add some cute little pom poms that will attach to the bottom side of the fabric on the alpacas back. 5. Skillshare Alpaca Final Details: Once the paint is all dry, you can go ahead and kill up the tape. The last thing we will do is add some final details using a fine point ink pen. Here, I'm using a micron 005 size. You could also use 01 or really as thick of a pen as you'd like to use. I like my crones because they're waterproof. That way, if I want to go back and add any details with paint again, I can do so over the pen without any Smith find took furnace. Particularly great for these I details like these find lashes that I'm adding above the eye and below the eye for the alpaca. I really love the detail you can get with us here. I'm darkening the eyes so that they stand out a little bit. I'm also adding some more for details around the face, adding some details to the pom poms to make them look extra fluffy. Now I'm going to come in and I'm going to start making some more for details. I'm gonna go down the legs under its belly and just around the body in general, I'm using the same. I'm using the same sort of swishy or curvy line that I used to make the for with the paintbrushes. Well, I'm just sort of mimicking at again kier with e ink pen. Next, I'm going to outline the fabric on the alpacas back. I'm going to draw some lines attaching the pom poms to the Feber. I'm going to go ahead and continue to make those squiggly lines for for throughout the alpacas body. Next, I'm gonna add some details to the tassels hanging from the alpacas years just to accentuate them and make them stand out. The last thing I'm going to do is add these little highlights with a white gel pen into the alpacas eyes just to really bring out its personality. Thank you so much for following along. Don't forget to upload your work to the classroom gallery.