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

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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

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

Autumn Mood

I needed to do a hoop drawing again as I am all in the mood for aerial hoop. It is so nice to be back in the air, although it also means to be bruised and sore all the time. It looks nice, but it is actually tough work!

I had no idea what I was going to do, so this one turned into an autumn inspired hoop hang picture. The foxes are like “what the hell is she doing?”

180928 Autumn mood_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

 

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

Furry Creatures

Revisited my furry creatures from the forest scene. I quite like them. I feel like they are the perfect mix of cute and creepy. What do you think?

At first I felt lost about what to do with the background. So a day later I added the yellow bubbles which was quite meditative.

180805 Furry creatures edited_Melanie Franz

 

Under the Sea

Even mermaids would like to try out aerial hoop. 

After the girl in the striped leggings was done with her hoop session, she left, leaving the hoop behind. A mermaid came along and thought: “That looks like fun. I want to try it”. Her pet octopus was everything but excited about the idea and tried to get away.

I am not sure why all the water inspired illustrations. But there is actually a pose called inside / outside mermaid in aerial hoop.

180804 Under the sea - Melanie Franz

Rainy Days

Actually I did this prompt for #WorldWatercolorMonth before the pelican pictures. But it was simply too sunny and nice for a change, to be reminded of the rain. So now that the rain is back, it is also back to the rainy days. This is how I feel.

I think it´s nice to hang upside down every once in a while. There is actually an aerialist who performs on a giant umbrella instead of an aerial hoop. That is where the inspiration came from for this illustration.

180802 Rainy days - Melanie Franz

 

Glorious Golds aka another Pelican!

Another prompt for #WorldWatercolorMonth was Glorious Golds.

I absolutely love how the pelican turned out! I think you can expect more of them in future. The girl was planing to catch the Golden Snitch while hanging in the hoop. Then she got distracted by the pelican, and fed him fish instead.

And why is there a hoop hanging over the water you might ask? Well, if you fall, you fall soft.

180804 Glorious Golds _Melanie Franz