Learning how to draw a Llama gets easy when you start with a step by step tutorial. This one is made with some extra simple shapes.
Llamas are one of the world’s first domesticated mammals. meaning they no longer live in the wild. They are native to countries in South American where they have for centuries served as pack animals.
A llama body is covered with wool that comes in different colors and different designs. A llama’s coat could be solid or spotted and can range in color from white to brown or black.
This tutorial will show students how to draw a llama with its long neck, furry body and thin legs. A fun blanket can add some extra color, and show how closely they live next to humans these days.
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Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, both in the horizontal and vertical direction. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the upside down U needs to be sitting on the horizontal line, and fill up most of that box. It’s important to sketch that shape big enough and high enough on the sheet of paper so that there’s room for the head and tail underneath. When beginners get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big fat line down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the Llama drawing project.
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If you are a fan of this Llama drawing, I’d like to offer another option. Busy teachers and parents can now just click on the button below to open the PDF, then look for a download arrow to save it to your desktop. You’ll have a free Llama Coloring Page that you can print as often as you want, for whatever kind of project you want. Use it for younger students that want in on the coloring fun, or as a full size visual aid for those that are just learning how to draw. For more options, please see my Coloring Page Gallery. It’s never been easier to see and download so many coloring pages all in one place!
Llama Coloring Page
How to Draw a Llama Step by Step Materials
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
How to Draw a Llama Directions
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Llama in 9 Easy Steps
- Draw an upside down U for the top of the head.
- Continue the body shape down and to the right.
- Draw a simple front leg and back leg.
- Add two more legs and a tail.
- Draw the face.
- Add two ears on top of the head.
- Draw a blanket with some simple tassels.
- For the final step, add decorations around the neck.
- Trace with a pen and color with crayons or color pencils.