Keeping Your Cool Like a Snowman

Or something like it. I was not planning on a winter scene when I started inking this, otherwise I would have put some woolen socks and sweater on her…

Oh well. We are off to the countryside over the New Year´s with no internet. Only  a bunch of books and plenty of wine and cheese! Really looking forward to it.

Thank you to everyone who supported me with their encouragement,  positive comments and likes throughout the year. It was a pleasure to get back into drawing and also see and feel improvements.  I will definitely keep on going. Let´s see what the New Year brings. This one was certainly one with many ups and downs. But as “they” say, if you hit rock bottom it can only go up again.

Happy New Year!

181220 Snow man_Melanie Franz

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Happy Holidays

Not really in a Christmas mood this year. But I am somehow going along with all those Christmas enthusiasts around me. I have been skipping the decorations though and I am merely focusing on eating as much as I can. Cheese and red wine especially. I already had my fair share of cookies and other sugary items.

But I also make sure to leave enough time for shoulder exercises, so that I can go back to aerial hoop in January! So far the plan.

Merry Christmas everyone!

181223 Christmas tree_Melanie Franz

 

 

Hanging on

I have been suffering from shoulder pain the last 2 weeks and consequently have been in a bad mood. I am no good at being injured and staying still… especially not now during the long dark winter days.

So instead of exercising I will try to limit it to drawing myself on the hoop and drinking red wine.

181202 Hanging on_Melanie Franz

The Flying Mexican

I had nothing better to do and wanted to put some colour on paper. The result, a doodle of a flying Mexican, based on a photo of me in the hoop.

Our hoop trainer called this pose “flying Mexican” that´s where the inspiration comes from. No idea if that is an official name or something made up. Sometimes when we do not remember names of poses we make up our own descriptions aka “hey, let´s do that side hanging twisted thing with leg out thingy thing, you know?!”

181125 Flying Mexican_Melanie Franz

Hanging in the Air Upside-Down

Somewhat of a self-portrait of me doing this shoulder stand pose. Tried this pose for the first time a few weeks back. I was in bad shape that day and being up side down made me feel like I was hanging right above an abyss.

Sometimes it takes only as much as 20cm in height difference for me to be afraid of heights all of a sudden.

181130 Skyline_Melanie Franz

My Inner Sloth

I went to yoga/ flex class the other day and it was super exhausting. The whole time I felt like I am struggling against my inner sloth. I am pretty sure that that´s what it was.

What inner animal are you struggling with?

181202 My Inner Sloth_Melanie Franz

My Inner Tiger

I´m still using my ink. This one was inspired by a comment of Wes on one of my last yoga scenes. Thank you!

I leave it up to you whether the tiger is waiting to eat her or there to empower her…

181120 Inner Tiger_Melanie Franz

My Sunny Island II

I really love pelicans. It always made me happy when I watched them surfing the waves in Mexico and especially at the Pacific Ocean in Guatemala.

181121 Sunny Island_Melanie Franz

My Sunny Island

Winter hasn´t fully started yet, and I am already in dire need of some sun!

I took out my other sketch book last night, which I haven´t used for the last months, and this  is what I discovered! Bam, it made me happy. I miss summer!

Check out the rest of my aerial themed watercolour drawings right here. 

1808 Island life_Melanie Franz

Inktober Leftover – Stretch III

Another yoga session. This one for all the cat lovers amongst you. I think you can figure out my take on cats and yoga?

181121 Stretch_Melanie Franz

Inktober Leftover – Stretch II

Anyone feels like doing more yoga?

Another one that I started for the Inktober prompt Stretch, but then felt like I had messed up the inking. So I left it until I was bored the other day and I finished it. I don´t think it is that terrible after all.

Now I´m thinking if I should add colourful yoga mats to the other drawings too? What do you think?

181115 Stretch 2_Melanie Franz_Inktober

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Inktober Leftover – Stretch

Number 2 of dog yoga drawings. I started sketching this one for the Inktober prompt – Stretch – but then went with the other one as I thought it was more fun. But I think these two are not doing so badly either.

181115 Stretch_Melanie Franz_Inktober

Portrait Practice

I felt like practicing my portrait drawing skills. Most of the time I am honestly too lazy but last night I was in the right mood.

I feel like I hardly ever manage to get the drawing look like the actual person though. I used a friends photo for this but it does not quite look like him. I think I will draw it again and see if I can improve it.

I also noticed that I used the same shading technique as when doing ink drawings. It´s been a while since I only drew in pencil and I felt pretty rusty.

181117 Mohsen _Melanie Franz

181117 Mohsen_Melanie Franz

Inktober Leftover

I originally started drawing this one for the last prompt of Inktober titled slice.

But as the woman has finished eating almost all the cheese, I thought that the drawing did not fit the prompt that well any longer. Therefore, what you get are the leftovers.

181031 Cheese slice_Melanie Franz_ Inktober