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!

Construction Workers in CDMX

On my stroll through Mexico City I encountered these guys, looking all serious business.

190130 Construction side CDMX_Melanie Franz

Taco Stand in Polanco

Taco stand part II. This time in Polanco in Mexico City.

We went a couple of times to Polanco to eat out. The best place we’ve been to by far was the japanese restaurant called Murakami. The food – sushi, sashimi and other delicacies, were amazing.

190130 Taco stand CDMX_Melanie Franz

Scooter Girl in Polanco

Plenty people going around on scooters. I probably would do the same as traffic during rush hour is quite terrible. At least then you have a chance to make your way through.

I once made the mistake to take a cab when it started raining during rush our, which made the traffic pretty much come to a total stand still. It took us 20 min to cover about 300 metres, but for some reason I was also too lazy to get out of the car.

I have to admit I really did not pay attention to detail while doing the perspective and background on this one. I was watching a movie. So the lines are all over the place.

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At the Bike Shop

I actually don´t remember seeing any street dogs in Mexico City but there are dogs everywhere. People have dogs of all shapes and sizes, and often more than one.

On my first visit in 2014 in CDMX we stayed in La Condesa were you can see dog walkers with 10-20 dogs of all sizes, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes in the park. I think I have seen more different dog breeds in Mexico City than Europe.

190125 bike shop cdmx_Melanie Franz

Moving on to Mexico City

I think I spent in total about 6-7 weeks in La Ciudad de México on my 3 visits there. I was there before and after my visit in Malinalco in April/May 2018. I stayed with a friend in San Rafael, which I thought was quite a nice part of town.

I took plenty of photos while walking around as I could not use the Uber app on my phone and could not be bothered to use taxis most of the time. And I dislike the metro or bus because of too many people. So I walked a lot. When I took photos I had a series of drawings in mind about “people of Mexico City”…. Something that was inspired by those “Humans of New York” photos that were trending several years ago. This is is my take on it.

I think this was somewhere around Juárez, on the way to La Roma.

190127 cdmx mexico_Melanie Franz

I recently watch an artists advice video that suggested that you should mirror your drawings. I guess to see if they look right. Here is the mirrored image, the right way round of CDMX.

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In the backyard of Mexico City

I did this drawing way back at the beginning of April when I was staying in Mexico City at a friends place. Absolutely loved all the colours in CDMX.

This was my second attempt of sketching outside. It´s the backyard of my friends house, where I spent the afternoon sitting on the stairs while the sun was warming my feet.

1804 St Rafael_CDMX_Melanie Franz

On the streets of Malinalco and CDMX

My time in Malinalco sadly has come to an end and I am back in La ciudad de México (CDMX). I still have several unfinished drawings that I am working on, so you will still get  to see some more of my impressions of that little Pueblo Mágico. 

I feel so much better this time around in CDMX than 3 weeks ago, as I am now able to converse somewhat in Spanish after studying every day, and I am also better used to the altitude and air pollution. So I spend my days walking around enjoying the sun, eating a lot of street food, and I have been visiting one art museum per day.

I have already planned a whole series of drawings inspired by the capital, but those have to wait until I am back in Iceland next week . Unfortunately I’ll be leaving Mexico earlier than planned as a job opportunity came up, so it will be back to grown up life for now. But I will most certainly be back in this fascinating and inspiring country.  Until then I am looking forward to my 4 day stopover in NYC next week. Never been, don´t know what to expect.

Meanwhile on the streets of Malinalco during one of my late afternoon walks.

1804 Malinalco street by Melanie Franz