At the Shoemaker´s in Malinalco

I think it was my second day in Malinalco back in April, when we stopped at the shoemaker right next to the market. My friend needed to get one of his shoe soles fixed. It was this small room with 3 guys working behind the counter, shelves full of old shoes, and an old TV showing Dragonball Z.

1804 Malinalco shoe maker_Melanie Franz

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Ice cream – work in progress

The reasons for the few updates lately are that I simply did not have time to sit down and draw, and when I found time, then I was stuck with this watercolor painting.

I have been on it for more than a week now and still haven´t figured out the background… I ate a lot of ice cream in between too, to look for inspiration… still looking, so I will keep on eating until I find it.

180920 ice cream ambition_Melanie Franz

In the backyard of Mexico City

I did this drawing way back at the beginning of April when I was staying in Mexico City at a friends place. Absolutely loved all the colours in CDMX.

This was my second attempt of sketching outside. It´s the backyard of my friends house, where I spent the afternoon sitting on the stairs while the sun was warming my feet.

1804 St Rafael_CDMX_Melanie Franz

Ice Cream Cravings

It has been sunny second day in a row! That´s when those ice cream cravings come up.  At my new favourite ice cream parlour, conveniently just a 5 minute bike ride from home, the scoops are massive. Two are pretty much a meal. Bigger is better!

This actually could be me. I admit.

180904 summer icecream_Melanie Franz

Ice cream girls

I found my sketch book again with the ice cream drawings I started at the beginning of the year. As I was bored and tired today – and had a sweet craving –  I thought I add another one to it. I am also trying to draw and paint more loosely… so this was my evening exercise.

I feel like the girls are too focused on their ice cream to notice anything else around them.

 

180904 ice cream girls_ Melanie Franz

Flamingos

Yes, flamingos! Jenna Gee aka The Sunshine Artist suggested me to draw flamingos, so I decided to have fun with flamingos as you can see.

I have about 20 pages left in my sketchbook which I would like to fill with aerial themed illustrations.

Any other prompt suggestions? Leave it in the comments.

180822 Flamingo 2 _Melanie Franz

Celebration of Colour

Last of the prompts for #WorldWatercolorMonth 2018 – Celebration of Colour.

Never tried to paint like that, it might be quite a challenge though.

180821 celebration of colour_Melanie Franz

 

The Poet and the Donkey in Malinalco, Mexico

I felt like paying Malinalco a visit again. And I still want to fill my Mexico sketchbook to the end. So I will do this bit by bit.

I started this one a while ago and finally finished it. Back in April I stayed in Malinalco  with my friend Mohsen, the poet. We left early one morning to catch the bus to Cuernavaca, when we met this guy, parked at the side of the road.

Same donkey that we met previously.

1808 Malinalco Poet and Donkey_Melanie Franz

Exotic Location

Let´s move to an exotic location! There have to be pelicans of course! That´s what I am thinking right now, looking at the grey clouds outside.

Second last promt for #WorldWatercolourMonth. I have about 20 pages left in my sketchbook and I would like to fill them with more aerial illustrations all the way to the end.

Anyone wants to give me the next prompt? Leave it in the comments.

180816 Exotic location _ Melanie Franz

 

Childhood Memory

Another one of the prompts for #WorldWatercolorMonth.

I remember those things on the playgrounds and never understood the full purpose of them. I am the one on the far right, desperately trying to get up. Or hanging on for dear life. It was always one or the other.

Which one are you?

180811 Childhood memory_Melanie Franz

Clouds in the Sky

I love how this one turned out! What do you think?

Inspired by the prompt for #WorldWatercolorMonth – Clouds in the Sky.

First time I also used masking fluid. Made coloring in the background so much easier. Will definitely use it again.

I also finally went back to hoop class last night after several months break due to injury. It was great. It was like I never took a break except for being so tired afterwards that I went straight to bed. But hanging upside down in the air is the best!

180811 Clouds in the sky_Melanie Franz

Splashing Around

I’ve tried doubles once at the hoop training. It was fun and challenging and everything but elegant.

We did not try this pose though. Neither is my back able to bend like that nor do I think I have the strength to hold someone by the feet. But mainly the back bending thing. 5 years of training improved my back bending somewhat, but  I most certainly have no natural flexibility in that area.

180808 Splashing around_ melanie Franz

Monochromatic Mood

Another prompt of my silghtly delayed #WorldWatercolorMonth.

I haven´t really done anything monochromatic since Inktober, as I usually love to use a lot of colour. But I actually equally enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the Inktober challenge again. Until then, I will focus on colour though.

180805 Monochromatic moods_Melanie Franz