Inktober Day 4 – Spell

Prompt 4 of Inktober – Spell…

Not sure what he is brewing here, but he certainly has something cooking.

181004 Spell_inktober_Melanie Franz

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#WorldWatercolorMonth – Primary Colors

That could be the target that the cup cake girl from yesterday was shooting at, what do you think?

180703 Primary colors new_worldwatercolormonth_Melanie Franz

Mystery Blogger Award

I just got nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Josh – The Jaguar – for the second time! And I did not even get around to acknowledge the first time. So here it goes. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it and it nice to see that someone appreciates my drawings.
Go and check out his blog The Jaguar and its allies. I learned a lot about jaguars in Belize which I had no idea were there, when I visited the country.

The award was originally created by Okoto Enigma and is

…an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.

Rules

The Mystery Blogger Award comes with some rules. They are:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

Three Things About Me

  1. I am (almost) always late. It´s just the person I am. No other excuses. That´s why I am answering here to the first nomination by Josh, and after a month of procrastination I will get to the second one.
  2. I go to bed way too late for no apparent reason.
  3. I love cheese.

The answers to Josh´ questions

  • If you could take a free class on any topic, what would it be?

Spanish lessons. I want to learn more.

  • What is your favorite book?

Too many to narrow it down to one. But anything by Paul Auster and Herman Hesse.

  • Do you have a specific place you like to go when you need to think? If so, where?

Not really. But I think I tend to get ideas when exercising or lying lazily on the couch.

  • Imagine you’ve been commissioned to write any book you want. What kind of book would you write (e.g. fantasy, horror, memoir, nonfiction, etc.)?

Fantasy. There will be dragons and wizards! And a dog.

  • Funny/weird question: If you had to survive in one of the following inhospitable locations, which would you choose?
    1. The arctic
    2. The Kalahari Desert
    3. The Amazon rain forest
    4. Detroit

I already live just below the arctic circle in an inhospitable place. So am not sure I want to move to another one. But maybe the rain forest might be a nice change.

I imagine it like this

1805 Welcome to the jungle

Nominees

Here are my nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award. If you’ve been nominated, you are in no way obligated to accept this award; it’s simply a token of my appreciation!

  1. Mike
  2. Na Ry
  3. Hilary Farmer
  4. Eliza
  5. Equinoxio
  6. Scifihammy
  7. Edoardo
  8. Essentially Creative Times
  9. Josephine
  10. Sabrina

Questions for Nominees

  1. What skill would you like to learn this year?
  2. Have you attempted something and failed but still considered it a valuable experience?
  3. If you could go any place you want to right now. Where would you go?
  4. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
  5. Jam and cheese on bread is delicious! Agree or disagree?

It´s all going down on Wednesday

During the last couple of months I definitely got into the positive habit of drawing regularly. After not drawing and painting a lot for the last couple of years I now cannot imaging to do it at least several times a week.  They say a new habit takes about 21 days to form. It certainly worked for me. Next step is to try to apply it to my language studies… Spanish next and then back to Icelandic…

I love how this one turned out. It was snowing and I love snow. But it is also time to shovel it up.

1803 Wednesday ice cream by Melanie Franz

Illustrations

I was asked again last year by one of the editors of the 14 Magazin, a magazine from Freiburg in southern Germany, if I like to do a couple of illustrations for two of his articles. Of course I said yes.

The magazine was published a few months ago but I only got my hands on a copy now.

First article is about the revival of vintage clothing and how it came back in style among 20+ somethings.

1711 14 Magazin_Faszination Vintage

1711 14 Magazin_Faszination Vintage 2

Second article which I quite enjoyed is about the pros and cons of watching TV vs online streaming. It argues that TV definitely has a surprise factor as you sometimes end up watching things that you would normally not watch. Also it provides a different viewing experience because you have to commit to a certain time if you want to watch something you are interested in.

Online streaming services are the opposite. Available any time and day, instant satisfaction is given. However, the tendency to binge watch is relatively high which might make us consume more than originally intended. Also the surprise factor is taken away as we usually choose what we want to see, therefore you might never get to watch that documentary about the Swiss rail way system that would have aired on your one TV channel at the time.

I also think that online streaming is more time consuming. Sometimes I can spend an hour going through the endless list of movies until I decide which one to watch. And I can definitely relate to the risk of addiction…  “Just one more episode of xyz and then I will go to sleep….. damn how come I have to get up in 4 hours already!?!?” But who hasn´t?

1711 14 Magzin_ Lineares Fernsehen

Where did it go?

Tried to do something different with style this time, but am sticking to the water colours and ink.

Ice cream is still the topic.

1801 Where did it go

Brain freeze…

“Brain freeze is practically a rite of summer. It happens when you eat ice cream or gulp something ice cold too quickly.”

I don´t know what happened here. I liked the ink drawing and then went all over the place with the water colours, obviously without plan or structure… and  then I put on more colours trying to fix it and oh well…  Then it turned into this colour explosion. As a consequence I started reading up about colour theory.

I like the image and might try to draw it again to see how it will turn out the second time round. What do you think?

1801 Brain freeze

 

Do you want ice cream?

Yes, Icelanders love ice cream. Most areas in Reykjavik have at least one ísbúð – ice cream parlor. The ísbúð we have just down the road from where we live is so packed on a late Friday night that you might think they are handing out free beers.

Ice cream is a year round affair in any kind of weather. I drove home last Tuesday around 10pm, everything white and snow was blowing left and right. I passed a street full of shops, all dark except for the ice cream parlor which was brightly lit and packed with people while the snow storm was blowing outside. How did they get there you wonder? Most locals don´t walk but only go places by car. So if your sole purpose is to drive to the next ice cream parlor then Icelanders even have a word for it – ísbíltúr – ice cream drive.

1802 Do you want ice cream

Cold and dark winter doesn´t stop anyone to get what they want – in this case a sweet treat. From my personal experience, I can openly admit that my sweets consumption increases proportionally with the darkness in winter and decreases when the daylight hours get longer again.

I like ice cream all year round and let´s put it that way, if it is cold outside, then at least it will not melt! What´s your faveourite time to eat it?

 

Strawberry kiss

I wanted to do something again with more ink as I miss my Inktober challenge. I really enjoyed drawing and painting with it.

So this is what it turned into. Strawberry ice cream.

Do you like strawberry ice cream?

180119 Strawberry kiss

Suck my ice cream

Some random water color practice while watching a movie. Not a fan of Miley, but I liked the way she was sucking her ice cream…

I actually quite like the way it turned out. Although I still feel like I am using water colours too much like acrylic colours… But I will keep on practicing.

180109 Suck it by Mel

There is ice cream on the ground – “Datt!”

“Datt” – an Icelandic word you will hear uttered especially by children after dropping absolutely anything (when living in Iceland of course). It means as much as “oops fallen”.  It fell and I don’t know how it happened…!?
“Datt!”

More water colour and ink.

180101 Datt by Mel

Ice cream in winter

I wanted to take on a new project for January/ February and first thought about a portrait a day as I would like to improve my portrait drawing skills, something I haven´t done in years. But then I remembered something…

I don´t know for how long I have been thinking about doing a series dedicated to ice cream. I love ice cream and Iceland is a country somewhat addicted to it with ice cream shops open until late at night. You can find just as many people queuing for ice cream on a Friday night as during happy hour at the closest pub for another pint of beer.

So enjoy some ice cream during the weekend!

1801 Winter Icecream

Last of 2017

So 2017 ended rather quietly with a bottle of wine and a plate of delicious Swiss cheese. Best of 2017 was that I finally got back into drawing after many years of not doing anything about it but always having it at the back of my head.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Inktober challenge and am super happy that one of my best friends pointed it out to me (Thank you Elise!). It certainly helped to create a positive habit of drawing regularly. Not every day, as there are plenty of other things I like to do, but about every other day.

1712 ink by Mel

Beside ink, which is my favourite at the moment, I am also trying to teach myself how to use water colours. I always had them but never actively used them.

1712 Bird water color

Happy new year!

Hoop VI

Went to aerial hoop class tonight. First time I moved since Christmas, and damn, it was a struggle. All that eating left its traces. Perhaps on Friday I will be in better shape again to try this kind of shoulder stand.

 

1712 hoop shoulder stand

Happy holidays

I´m not big on all the Christma hype and also mostly missed out on any preparations due to the flu  for the last week. So I made my own Christmas card instead.

Happy holidays!

1712 Jóla 5

Aerial hoop V

I have been sketching a lot recently, trying out new techniques. Another hoop drawing…

1711 Aerial hoop

I was thinking to try portraits next, using different techniques, and see what comes out of it. I did a lot of portraits when I was younger but haven´t really done anything for the past couple of years.