One of the Many Cat Corners of Athens

I thought it was time to return to Athens again. My Greece sketchbook is still very much empty. Time to fill it up.

On one of my strolls around the centre of Athens I came across this cat meeting corner. Feral cats are pretty much everywhere but especially around the Acropolis. There are also plenty of people that feed them. So far I haven´t seen a skinny cat (or dog), rather the opposite.

1903 Cat corner Athens center_Melanie Franz

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More people…

The last page of people in my sketch book.

Came across a joke the other day. Two crows sitting on a fence next to a corn field. In the distance the outline of a person. The crows are discussing whether it is a scarecrow or a human.

“Don’t worry its only a scarecrow.”

“How can you be so sure?”

“He is not looking at his smart phone.”

190505 people and phones_Melanie Franz

190504 people and phones_Melanie Franz

 

Still on #OneWeek100People2019

Second last of my people doodle pages from the One Week 100 People challenge. Now fully coloured. Had a short break from drawing as I was entertaining visitors the last weeks in and around Athens.

Big thank you to Gabriela for the inspiration to put in speech bubbles. Put the idea straight to action in this doodle. Also check out her brillant blog Artschaft about art gems and  her exploration of paintings.

190504 OneWeek100people_Melanie Franz

 

#OneWeek100People2019 – Day 5

Back from Crete! It was the best holiday ever! The food, the Raki and the mountains were incredible. I will draw some of it next week I think!

I also managed to colour in day 5 of the One Week 100 People challenge from the beginning of April. No more rainy days here. Has been beautiful sunny the last couple of days. I’m loving it!

190413 OneWeek100people_Melanie Franz

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#OneWeek100People2019 – Day 4

Finished colouring in Day 4 of last weeks 100 people challenge. It was sunny that day for a change, therefore the lack of umbrellas. I used mainly Pinterest images for reference as I prefer being comfortable on the couch while sketching.

I will be heading to Crete for the next week. So the rest will have to wait until I am back in Athens.

Happy Easter holiday everyone!

190412 OneWeek100people_Melanie Franz

#OneWeek100People2019 – Day 3

I managed to colour in Day 3 of the One Week 100 People challenge yesterday. I also finished the last couple of people during the weekend, so I made it to 100 with a bit of delay! But I really had fun with it. Will post the remainder in the following days.

190411 OneWeek100people_Melanie Franz

190411 OneWeek100people Sketch_Melanie Franz

190411 Rain sketch_Melanie Franz

#OneWeek100People2019 – Day 3-5

So the One Week 100 People challenge finished. I made it to around 80, not counting the little shadows in the background. So with them I think I got the 100!

Started off rather tense and stressed of how and what to draw but I think I got more loose during the week. I think I also got a hang on how to draw feet and hands a little bit better and a better idea about people´s movement in general. So all in all I think this was a great success and great practice that I should do more often!

Any suggestions for another similar challenge out there? I need a bit of preasure to get motivated.

I will finish the remainder of people this weekend. I also want to colour them in and work on my watercolouring a bit.

 

#OneWeek100People2019 – Day 2

This was Day 2 of the #OneWeek100People2019 challenge.

We had more rain, so I am sticking to the same theme. I am trying to get a better idea of people´s posture while moving and also to be more lose in my style…  I am not counting the tiny shapes in the background. So I still have about 20 people to go today.

190410 OneWeek100people _Melanie Franz

#OneWeek100People2019

It´s been a bit since the last post. Have been busy with visitors and locals roaming around Athens. The bit of time I had in between I was either at aerial hoop practice or tried myself on the #OneWeek100People2019 challenge.  I thought it is a great opportunity to actually force myself to practice to draw people, something I am usually too lazy to.

It was pissing rain at the beginning of the week, that´s where the inspiration came from.

I have made it to about 60-70  by now… not sure if I manage to get to 100 by tomorrow… lets see…

190409 OneWeek100people _Melanie Franz

Sun is out

I spent the day in the park, where a lot of flowers are in bloom already. I tried to draw something different but ended up with this. The paper is anything but ideal but so far I haven´t found anything better at the art supply shop. I need to expand my search.

I also finally found inspirations for my Athens watercolour book and what I would like to put into it! So I will start with that later today. It took me a while to get used to the city but I think I am getting there.

190313 Flower pole_Melanie Franz

The Jaguar and its allies

I´ve been struggling a bit to find inspiration of what to draw since moving to Athens. So  in order to have a break from aerial hoop images I tried something new – big cats.

I have been thinking about it for a while. Inspired by Josh and his blog dedicated to The Jaguar and its allies. Go and check it out! It has very good and informative articles on jaguars, other big cats and wildlife conservation.

Josh,thanks for your encouragement, and I mentioned a while ago that I will try to do something with big cats, so this is attempt number one.

190226 Jaguar 1_Melanie Franz

New Targets

With one week of extreme laziness behind us, I feel like it is time to get active again. I also have reached the end of my sketchbook and for the last aerial drawing I felt like revisiting the bullseye idea again that I did at the very beginning for World Watercolour Month last July.

I am not sure yet what to do next. I have been adding a few more drawings to my Mexico book, so I think I will post those next until I come up with something new. Let´s see what else 2019 has in store for me. 2018 was a year of many ups and downs but at least drawing wise it was a lot of fun. Thanks for following!

190103 Bulls eye_Melanie Franz