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

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Creative Lightning

Really liked this lamp in a coffee house in the centre of Athens. I unfortunately forgot the name of the place and also the street it was in… So I haven´t been back there…

190505 Coffee house Athens_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

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

 

#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.

 

Magic Forest

From the park with flowers in bloom to the magic forest. I actually love how this one turned out. The paper was not great but I like the idea and I think I will re-do it on better paper at some point.

190327 magic forest acrobatics_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

Hanging Out in Athens III

I am finally getting better at this One Leg Hox hang as it is called. But it still hurts quite a lot and also leaves nice bruises on the back of your knee.

But at least I am able to do it now more easily. Pratice makes perfect. Although I certainly don´t feel as light as a balloon floating in the air.

1900303 one leg hox hang_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

Hanging Out in Athens

I´ve been in Athens for almost 2 weeks now. Got a bad cold just after getting here, so I have not done any major sightseeing yet. What I managed though is to find two aerial hoop studios in town. Of course I went there to try them out right away.

190224 hanging on hoop_Melanie Franz

 

Stopover in Ireland

On the way to Athens I had a stop over in Ireland for a couple of days. I always love going back there. I stayed with very good friends of mine and as always it was also nice to visit these two old paintings of mine that are on their living room wall. Take a better look at them here. 

Sorry for the bad picture quality. I finally managed to buy a new phone yesterday. So from now on I hope photos will be better quality.

Paintings_Melanie Franz

Ciudad de México – Unfinished

These are the last two drawings for my take on”People of CDMX” as I just moved to Athens, Greece! Yes! This happened rather short notice.  I fled the country of “ice and fire” and will be here for 5 months to stuff my face with olives and to enjoy the sun!

I wanted to finish these illustrations before I left Iceland but didn´t find the time. And I left the book behind because of  luggage restrictions. But I already got a new one which is waiting to be filled.

190130 Ballon seller Polanco_unfinished_Melanie Franz

The ballon seller guys in Polanco.

190130 Pink dress girl Polanco_unfinished_Melanie Franz

And the girl in the pink dress on Avenida Horacio in Polanco. I have a summer dress the same colour which I can soon wear in Athens.

Happy weekend!

Avocados at the Mercado

One of the avocado sellers at the mercado in Malinalco. I seriously miss my daily avocado and hot guacamole. I miss food with taste in general. Vegetables in Iceland taste pretty much like nothing. Watery at best.

190113 avocado seller_Melanie Franz