Learn how to draw a llama: step-by-step art guide

Llama Art Project



Llamas have gotten a lot of attention lately. I’m pretty sure its because they are just so cute! My interest is closer to home. Quite literally. Our new neighbor owns 5 alpacas. Sometimes they walk down my driveway and give me a bit of a shock. But they are quite sweet and never venture too far away from home.


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Llamas look pretty similar to their Alpaca cousins. The biggest difference is their hair. Alpacas are raised for their hair whereas the llamas hair isn’t as fine or fluffy.

They are raised mostly as pack animals. Which will come in helpful as they will be carrying my duffle bag on my 5-day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru this week. How awesome is that?

So in honor of my trip to Peru PLUS the release of our Draw, Paint, Make Workshop which features a fabulous Llama in Pajama lesson….lets create some llama art!

  • What you’ll need:
  • 12″ x 18″ white drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Black waterproof marker (I like Sharpie Brand)
  • Cake tempera paints (I used Faber-Castell Connector paints)
  • Colored markers

Here’s what to do:

Outline of Llama drawing

Using a pencil on white drawing paper, follow the steps to draw a llama. Use the guide as a reference or look at pictures that you have found in books or in a google internet search.

When I was drawing the llama, I kept making the legs longer than they should be. Llama legs are quite short! And they have a big body. So if you are finding your llama is looking a bit funny, check the length of the legs.

Don’t try to draw all the details now. You’ll get a chance to later.

Llama drawing with marker

Now is the time to add details. Once your pencil drawing looks like a llama, grab a black marker and add the fun details that make this animal unique. Draw a blanket, packs, pillows, necklaces, bows for their ears, pom-poms, etc. Have fun. The llama will like it.

Once the llama is fully detailed, add a sloping hill, mountains and low clouds. The mountains in Peru are as high as 15K feet. That’s high! I know because I have to hike it.

I love using cake tempera cakes on regular paper. It’s the quickest way to add lots of color without covering all the detailed pencil and marker lines. You don’t have to use tempera cakes though. You can color using crayons, colored pencils or even watercolor paint.

Completed llama drawing

Allow the paint to dry a bit before using markers (or colored pencils) to color in all the decorative details.


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  • Carmen Vargas

    Love this project!! I am going to add some embellishments. I am peruvian and I am glad you were in Peru knowing and enjoying my country.

    • Patty

      Just got back and absolutely loved Peru! Cusco was particularly beautiful. The architecture and culture is lovely.

  • Esse

    What age group would you suggest for this project?

    • Patty

      Perhaps ages 8-10 would be easiest. For younger children;dren, I would focus on a directed draw 🙂

  • Sharon Dodson

    I work with a group of deaf children in Peru and looking for an art project. I wanted to use acrylics and do a llama? Children are 10-14 years old.

    • Patty

      Yes…acrylics are great. It’ll be a different outcome but all fine.

  • Dallas

    How do I get a copy of this freebie?

  • carey

    love this lesson

  • Ruby

    This is such a neat project! Excited to try it with my kiddos!

    Thank you!

  • miranda Tetreault

    i liked it it was fun to draw the lama

  • Ava Norminton

    I love your art lessons!

  • jazzlyn

    i love lamas

  • Kelly McCrary

    I love everything you have done! Your lessons have helped me develop my homeschool art lessons for the year! Thank you!

  • Lorraine parfitt

    Could I please have a copy of the llama art lesson free drawing guide
    Kind regards

    • Hannah Team Sparkle

      Hi Lorraine!
      All you have to do is click the image above that says “click to access,” and we’ll send you the drawing guide 🙂

      -Hannah (Team Sparkle)

  • Andrea

    This is amazing

  • MarthaMauricio

    Beautiful project

  • Julie Bell

    Love it!

  • Ella Kate

    Is this a video because I can’t find the play button?

    • Bethany

      Hi Ella!
      Did you scroll down to the banner and click ACCESS PDF. Just add your email and we’ll send you the freebie lesson. This lesson does not have a video! Enjoy!

      • Ella Kate

        Thanks Bethany!

  • Ella Kate

    Is this a video and if it is please reply and tell me were the play button is.

    • Ella Kate

      Thanks Bethany!

      Never mind I allready said something like that.

  • ashley douglas

    thank you 🙂

  • Lucy Ledford

    How can I get the llama project where it is a closeup of the llama’s head and the Andes Mountains in the background?

    • Bethany

      Hi Lucy! This is Bethany from Team Sparkle. If you click on the box to download we will send the link to this lesson directly to your inbox. Enjoy.

  • Tricia

    It looks like the page is down. When I click on the box to get access, I got a blank page 🙁
    I’d love to use this – can you help me?

    • Bethany

      Hi Tricia! Thanks so much for your interest in our download. I just tested the link and had no issues. Everything seems to be working on our end. I’m not sure what browser you’re using but Chrome and Safari work best for me. Be sure to check your spam folder to make sure they aren’t ending up there. If you continue to have trouble please email support@deepspacesparkle.com for help. Enjoy.

  • Bec

    “Click to access” button has no link, it is just an image for me?

    • katherine

      Hi Bec! I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the link, it’s working on our end. You can email us at support@deepspacesparkle.com and we can send you the download!

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