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Cute cartoon drawing of an alpaca by artist adesina sanchez

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Ambling along the Andes, adorable alpacas are awash with… Well I ran out of words that start with “a” (and my name’s Adesina lol), so let’s just say: Who doesn’t love alpacas??

Three fun facts about alpacas:

  • They are a kind of “camelid,” meaning that alpacas are distantly related to both camels and llamas (but they are NOT the same animal as either!)
  • Yes they can spit defensively, so don’t annoy the alpaca!
  • They have been domesticated for so long, there are no wild alpacas in the world!

And did I mention they are downright delightful? Yes, yes they are.

But there is more to the almighty alpaca than just good genetics and slinging saliva! These Peruvian cuties offer a spiritual impulse for those whom they inspire. According to SpiritAnimals.org, alpacas represent “focus and inner strength.” And CareSherpa.com offers a litany of symbolic underpinnings that alpacas may embody: from adaptability, to fortitude, to stamina.

It makes sense, because alpacas can survive in almost any environment — there’s your adaptability and fortitude right there! And as for focus, well… I visited a herd of alpacas at the Bronx Zoo last year, and they were extremely focused…on the food I was giving them. Not a one of them could be bothered to accept head scritches in lieu of munchies!

Either way, if these past few years have taught me ANYTHING, it’s that focus, adaptability, and stamina, are necessary components to survive in this post-pandemic landscape. If you agree, maybe all of our spirit animals this year, should indeed be the admirable alpacas.

I drew this one a couple months ago in March, and only now have I decided I am willing to part with him. He brought me luck and focus while I was dealing with some crazy deadlines, so if you’re going through a moment where you need a bit of focus, or you just want some luck on your side, now you can make him yours! 🙂

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Cute cartoon drawing of an alpaca by artist adesina sanchez

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Cartoon drawing of two sun conures on a branch, by artist Adesina Sanchez

Happy New Year! I’m so happy to ring in the new year with a pencil in my hand (actually several lol!). For my first drawing of 2023, I decided I wanted to bring some color into this wintery northeast weather, and I drew two fluffy, cuddly sun conures in love, snuggling together on a branch. Awww :).

When I first started sketching, I actually wasn’t even sure what kinds of birds I was going to draw; I only knew that I wanted them to be some kind of parrot. But as they started to take shape, I realized Valentine’s Day is coming up, and wouldn’t it be nice to get some reds and warm colors in there? And then the perfect bird came to me: sun conures!

It was so much fun using colored pencils and ink to bring them to life. I just love their little yellow bodies and the warm reds and oranges that punctuate their plumage, and I hope you do too! If you’d like to purchase this original piece (and maybe give it to your love for V Day?), feel free to get in touch via this form (opens in a new tab), and I’ll message you with my price list for both the original, or a print.

In the meanwhile, check out my Instagram to watch a time lapse of me drawing it, and let me know what you think!

Best wishes for a prosperous new year,

Adesina <3

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