Day 14 – Furry Things #WorldWatercolorMonth

This one was inspired by photos of travellers on the New York metro that carry their dogs along. Some of the pictures are hilarious.

But then again, I would also carry my furry friend around if I had to.

190714 Furry Things_WorldWatercolorMonth_Melanie Franz

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Day 12 – Blossoming #WorldWatercolorMonth

Flower-vase-hair. Inspiration was a post about ridiculous Instagram trends. This was apparently a thing at some point?

Anyway, flowers are blossoming. Here in Iceland the last lupins are still in bloom.

190712 Blooming_WorldwatercolorMonth_Melanie Franz

 

Day 9 – Shadow Play #WorldWatercolorMonth

Do you travel with a suitcase or a backpack?

I have a huge backpack that keeps me company while travelling. It often also weighs me down with all the crap I put in it… although I am much better when it comes to packing than in the past.

190709 Shadow Play_WorldWatercolorMonth_Melanie Franz

Shopping in Athens

Ermou Street is the main shopping street in the centre of Athens. I went there only a couple of times as I did not really enjoy the street nor the shopping there. Always thought it was too exhausting.

Too crowded with too many people, tourists and locals, and mainly the same high street shops as anywhere else. But you can also spot the occasional street dog without a care in the world for it all.

1905 Ermou shopping street Athens_Melanie Franz

 

Dogs of Athens

After the last couple of cat illustrations I had to do some dogs in between. This is at a small square in Kypseli, Athens. A lot of people come here with their dogs in all sizes. I enjoy watching them. You also see street dogs around Athens, but they are mainly scattered around the centre.

I actually really pity those big hairy fluff-balls. Currently 35 degrees Celsius and I feel like melting. Don´t want to imagine what they are going through with all their fur.

1905 Kypseli park dogs_Melanie Franz

 

Cats are everywhere!

Discovered this fella (ca 1 metre high statue) in an art gallery in Kifissia in the north of Athens. I liked his posture  and attitude and wanted to draw him. Love how he turned out. I feel like I am starting to like cats (usually a total dog person), not sure what is happening to me…?

Would you like to have him at home?

1905 Art Gallery Kifissia_Melanie Franz

Chasing Pigeons

This little girl had fun going through a crowed of pigeons over and over again, causing havoc. She certainly seemed to enjoy herself.

I sat on a bench just opposite of it, enjoying the March sun in Athens. I thought it was quite warm already, but all the locals were pretty much still out in proper winter gear.

190504 Patia Agiou Square kypseli Athens_Melanie Franz

The 90s are Back

On my first day in Athens I was enjoying the mid-February sun in the park in Kypseli. After Iceland it felt like a warm summer day to me, when I spotted this girl and her dog.

I had to take a picture of her, because I haven’t seen these kind of plateau shoes in action since the Spice Girls. Turns out they are quite popular here. Maybe because the average Greek girl is rather short…? I think there are some fashion trends that should stay dead. Those shoes are one of them.

190502 First day Athens Kypseli Park_Melanie Franz

Cats of Athens II

This cat likes to nap on that car near the university. The cat is actually not the size of a tiger and the car is small but not that small…. Somewhere along the movie watching, beer drinking, drawing process, the proportions were thrown out the window.

190405 Cat on car Athens Kypseli_Melanie Franz

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

Inspired by Iceland Throwback

Went through my photos as I was looking for something specific. Found anything but the photo I was looking for. But amongst them I discovered this gem from 2016 – an inspired by Iceland kitsch compilation postcard that I drew to send to the boyfriends family.

2017 Sam inspired by Iceland_Melanie Franz

On Top of Mount Lykavittos

Went to watch the sunset on top of Mount Lycabettus/ Lykavittos here in Athens the other week. Got a beautiful view over the whole city.

What caught my eye at the viewing point though was the white cat that was chilling at the jewelery seller stand without a care in the world.

190318 Lykavitos view point Athens_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