Pose like a Pelican

Pelicans are a characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped-up contents before swallowing.

There are 8 different living pelican species. You can find them ranging latitudinally from the tropics to the temperate zone, though they are absent from interior South America and from polar regions and the open ocean.

Prey of the Pelican

This one just caught his dinner.

The diet of pelicans usually consists of fish. The size of the preferred prey fish varies depending on pelican species and location.

But did you know that occasionally they also eat amphibians, turtles, crustaceans, insects, birds, and mammals?

20_06-pelican-fish_Melanie Franz Watercolour

Plight of the Pelican

I am currently doing a study of pelicans for an image making course I am doing. After months of absence from drawing I am getting into it again. That means you can expect more pelicans.

This pelican is hungry.

20_06 Pelican purple_Melanie Franz

Flight of the Pelican

The last couple of months just flew by. As they say, time flies when you are having fun and things are all over the place.

After spending the last 4 months enjoying life in Greece and Switzerland due to multiple flight cancellations, I am finally back on the island. As drawing came rather short the last months I am eager to take it up again.

One of the fondest memories of recent years is when we were watching pelicans surfing the waves of the Pacific Ocean in Guatemala. It looked like they where having a blast!

Curious Crowd of Huskies

I just discovered two Inktober drawings that I forgot to post.

This one is titled Husky. I love how it turned out. I´m still a dog person. What could they be looking at though?

War Paint

This is what you didn´t see. Before Mr Fox decorated himself with ornaments, he turned his friend Mr Mouse into a fierce tiger mouse!

Once finished, they went off to party.

200102-fox-painting-mouse_Melanie Franz

Window Shopping in Edinburgh

Went on a stop over to Edinburgh last month. I enjoyed the city just as much as the first time I was there for a long weekend. And it seems I spent too much time drawing foxes the last month, as I started to see them everywhere.


I took the opportunity to stock up on sketchbooks and pens, as those things are rather pricey in Iceland. And of course I had to use them right away.

Inktober 2019 Day 31 – Ripe

Last but not least. Almost forgot to post this one, the last of the inktober prompts.

Happy first advent everyone!

Trying to catch Mr Mouse turned out to be too exhausting. Therefore little Mr Fox stuffed his face with ripe grapes instead.

191031 Inktober_Ripe_Melanie Franz

Inktober 2019 Day 14 – Overgrown

I wanted to draw another dragon. This one went to take a nap in the forest. After a long slumber he woke up only to discover that he was surrounded by forest flora and fauna.

191014 Inktober_Overgrown_Melanie Franz

Cat Yoga I

Lazy Saturday morning. Trying to get up to do some yoga… I found this drawing that I did back in May when I was still in Athens and enjoying the sun. I really miss Greece….

Inspiration was the two cats they have at the pole studio, where I went for aerial hoop training in Athens. Whenever you put the mat down on the ground to stretch, one of the cats would come and lie down on it and claim the space or sharpen its nails on the mat. It was actually a lot of fun to have them around as entertainment.

1905 Athens cat yoga _ Melanie Franz

World Watercolor Month Wrap-Up

Finished later than planned but eventually did it. My 31 prompts for World Watercolour Month of 2019. In addition to following the prompt list I also tried to incorporate a traveller theme.

I had a lot of fun with this one. I feel that I got a lot faster at sketching, and proportions and people come easier to me now after a month (and a half) of almost consistent daily drawing. I will definitely keep going. Time to look for another challenge… Any suggestions?

Which one is your favourite?

I think mine are the pooping monkeys (#22) and me relaxing in the hammock (#16).

Day 31 – Favourite Colours #WorldWatercolorMonth

Made it to the last prompt of World Watercolor Month – Favorite Colors! I was at a total loss of what to draw, so I took my favourite photo of me and the boyfriend from our fabulous Crete trip in April as inspiration, and just went with it. It is basically us monkeying around in a beautiful forest.

Have a great weekend everyone!

190731 Favorite Colors_WorldWatercolorMonth_Melanie Franz

 

Day 29 – Glorious Green #WorldWatercolorMonth

Took me while what green to focus on. So I took a forest / jungle walk. Tranquillity and colours of the forest. Just loving it!

Do you like to get lost in a forest?

190729 Glorious Green_WorldWatercolorMonth_Melanie Franz

Day 26 – Natural Wonders #WorldWatercolorMonth

So July ended and I am 5 drawings short for #WorldWatercolorMonth.

My excuse is that we had a long weekend coming up here in Iceland and I went on a road trip around the East Fjords of Iceland. It was marvellous but I am also glad to be back home and not to sleep in a tent any more in 10 degrees Celsius.

Prompt for day 26 – Natural Wonders. For a long time I wanted to draw these two Instagram models that I took a photo of at the Grand Cenote near Tulum, Mexico last year. They spend about an hour taking selfies without ever looking at any of the natural wonders around them.  Then they left, with their makeup and hair still perfectly intact. They were quite a source of amusement for the people that were actually having fun swimming in the cold clear waters.

190726 Natural Wonders _WorldWatercolorMonth_Melanie Franz

Day 4 – Family Fun #WorldWatercolorMonth

Prompt for day 4 – Family fun. So as you might have guessed by know, I decided to stick to the theme of travellers. There are so many weird and funny and also plain stupid tourist and travellers out there. It´s an endless source of inspiration! I have also been working in tourism for the last couple of years, and every time you think you have seen it all.. oh boy, it hits you!

I remember going on family holiday. The drama that would always occur somewhere along the way… the chaos of packing, the struggle of getting everyone into the car, siblings fighting in the back seat, sustained yelling, repeated “are we there yet?” chants, and other kind of entertaining incidents that occurred along the long road to the holiday destination. Who has had similar experiences?

190704 Family Fun_WorldWatercolorMonth_Melanie Franz