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

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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

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Fast & Loose

Day 13 prompt for #WorldWatercolorMonth. Will try to catch up with the rest tonight or tomorrow. But right now it is super sunny and you never know how long it will last. First sunny day in 3 weeks! Gosh this summer is miserable.

180713 Fast and Loose_ Worldwatercolormonth _ Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Beautiful Blooms

Day 11 of my aerial hoop & acrobatic themed watercolours. Prompt of yesterday is Beautiful Blooms. I am trying to catch up today with day 12.

180711 Beautiful Blooms_worldwatercolormonth _ Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Light & Luminous

Slightly behind, but getting there. Light and luminous prompt of yesterday. Aerial move on a chandelier? Why not.

Edit: I was clearly too lazy yesterday to do a background for this. So when I saw it again today, I felt like I needed to do something immediately about those random yellow blobs. I like it a lot better now. What do you think?

180710 Light and Luminous_edited _Melanie Franz

Before:

180710 Light & Luminous_ Worldwatercolormonth _Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Playing Games

From the hoop, through the hoop. Or something like that. Actually might be fun to try it.

#WorldWatercolorMonth day 7.

180707 Playing Games_worldwatercolormonth_Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Shades of Blue

This is not what I wanted it to look like at all but I did not manage to get it from my head onto the paper. I don´t have time for a second attempt but I might try to redo it at a later point on watercolour paper to get a better flow.

The move is called the side amazon, in different shades of blue.

180705 Shades of Blue_worldwatercolormonth_ Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Delicious Food

I like the look of cup cakes but I actually don’t like eating them. They always seem more promising than what they taste like most of the time. However as I think they are pretty, I thought they give this the perfect touch of colour. I imagine her throwing her leg back and flipping those cup cakes against a target on the wall.

I did pole fitness for about 4 years and it was so much fun, but my back never got this bendy.

1807 delicious foods_Worldwatercolormonth_Melanie Franz

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Sunny days

I decided to take a break of Mexico, or do it simultaneously, and to take part in the #WorldWatercolorMonth.

I am going to follow the prompt list but have an aerial acrobatics theme throughout. I started with pole fitness years ago until my wrists didn´t take it any more, then switched to aerial hoop 2 years ago but have been on a break since January because of bad wrists once again. I really miss it therefore the theme. Hope I’ll be back to it in August though.

1807 sunny days_worldwatercolomonth Melanie Franz

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

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.