The llamas body is only just started, but I improvised what it's going to look like with the body parts that I do have done. It will be far cuter when I get to the top of the head and the loops that match the colors on the face.
To visualize how the extra colors would look I sampled and painted colors over a snapshot of Frenchy, the first llama. I tried several versions and arrived at the last after realizing that the color that I'd thought was the darkest llama yarn I had wasn't the darkest after all. Following the coloring I saw on a llama called Macarena, I needed a lighter dark for the loops on the top of the head and a darker dark for the face color around the eyes. One of the most visible things my new llama is still lacking is a nose and mouth. (Well besides a completed body and also overlooking the fact that the eyes and eyelids are just pinned on.) For Frenchy I deliberately made her nose with curly nostrils because it seemed so many llama portraits showed sculptural nostrils. Lately I've been thinking she looks slightly melancholy, so I'm hoping to create a more joyful expression for my new llama.
|A very early version of my color/stitch chart|
I needed a more precise model for figuring out the actual placement of color on the face, so I ultimately used blocking pins to frame where the color changes should be based on my colored photo and the coloring on the inspiration llama. I made a chart for myself based on this. I don't know that it's a type or method of chart that anyone else uses, but it made sense to me. I started with a hand drawn version of ovals arranged in a circle. Where I needed to make an increase I drew a line through the middle of an oval to make two stitches out of one. And on the next row there would be an additional stitch as a whole oval.