Cat Yoga II

Another drawing from Greece, back in May.

One of the cats at the pole studio in Athens enjoys lying under people while they are doing the plank. What better motivation than to hold the plank just a little bit longer? Cat-cercise…? Is that a thing?

1905 Athens yoga_Melanie Franz

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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

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

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

The “Cat-Catcher” of Athens

When I saw this man playing the flute surrounded by cats, the first thing that came to mind was the story of the Rattenfänger von Hameln (Rat-Catcher of Hamelin).

There are plenty of stray cats everywhere and people put out food for them like at this spot near the Acropolis. I walked this path several times by now and there are always a fair amount of cats gathered around.

190323 Cat man Athens_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

My Inner Tiger

I´m still using my ink. This one was inspired by a comment of Wes on one of my last yoga scenes. Thank you!

I leave it up to you whether the tiger is waiting to eat her or there to empower her…

181120 Inner Tiger_Melanie Franz

Inktober Leftover – Stretch III

Another yoga session. This one for all the cat lovers amongst you. I think you can figure out my take on cats and yoga?

181121 Stretch_Melanie Franz

Inktober Day 30 – Jolt

Part 2 of my series titled Cats are Assholes.

I was reminded of the phrase “Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof” (literal translation: Life is not a pony farm) the other day, and thought it is quite fitting here on the wall. It means “Life ain´t easy.”

181030 Jolt_Inktober _Melanie Franz

Inktober Day 20 – Breakable

Forgot to post this one.  Inktober prompt for day 20 – Breakable.

We were at a friend’s place the other day and they talked at length about how their cat does things that annoy them, but then again, he is “oh so cute” that you cannot be angry with him.

So this drawing is titled “Cats are assholes”.

I am a dog person. What about you?

181020 Breakable _Melanie Franz _ Inktober