Splashing Around

I’ve tried doubles once at the hoop training. It was fun and challenging and everything but elegant.

We did not try this pose though. Neither is my back able to bend like that nor do I think I have the strength to hold someone by the feet. But mainly the back bending thing. 5 years of training improved my back bending somewhat, but  I most certainly have no natural flexibility in that area.

180808 Splashing around_ melanie Franz

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Monochromatic Mood

Another prompt of my silghtly delayed #WorldWatercolorMonth.

I haven´t really done anything monochromatic since Inktober, as I usually love to use a lot of colour. But I actually equally enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the Inktober challenge again. Until then, I will focus on colour though.

180805 Monochromatic moods_Melanie Franz

Rainy Days

Actually I did this prompt for #WorldWatercolorMonth before the pelican pictures. But it was simply too sunny and nice for a change, to be reminded of the rain. So now that the rain is back, it is also back to the rainy days. This is how I feel.

I think it´s nice to hang upside down every once in a while. There is actually an aerialist who performs on a giant umbrella instead of an aerial hoop. That is where the inspiration came from for this illustration.

180802 Rainy days - Melanie Franz

 

Glorious Golds aka another Pelican!

Another prompt for #WorldWatercolorMonth was Glorious Golds.

I absolutely love how the pelican turned out! I think you can expect more of them in future. The girl was planing to catch the Golden Snitch while hanging in the hoop. Then she got distracted by the pelican, and fed him fish instead.

And why is there a hoop hanging over the water you might ask? Well, if you fall, you fall soft.

180804 Glorious Golds _Melanie Franz

Wet & Dry – Pelicans!

Sun is shining! Wet & Dry prompt of the #WorldWatercolorMonth list.

I love pelicans. Saw plenty of them in Mexico and also in Guatemala where they were surfing the waves of the Pacific Ocean. It made me happy everytime I saw one.

Actually I wanted to draw pelicans for a while now but always postponed it. But here they are, watching the girl… or waiting for the fish?

180803 Wet and Dry_ Melanie Franz

In The Jungle

Still following the remainder of the #WorldWatercolorMonth prompt list.

Therefore in tune with my aerial theme – Pole fitness in the jungle.

180801 In the jungle Melanie Franz

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth – City Life

When I was in Germany last week I treated myself to a beautiful set of Schmincke watercolours. I´m already in love with them and after a week of not drawing, I feel super inspired.

Prompt of the day is city life. And yes, I also used to do the occasional pole pose whenever I would see a street sign or anything that resembled a pole. Have you tried it?

180731 City life Melanie Franz

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Sweet treats

Actually I did this 2 weeks ago but didn´t post it because I didn´t like how it turned out. What do you think?

Nevertheless I feel like ice cream now. Now that I am back in Reykjavík, I might just go for an evening ísbíltúr. 

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At the Dreisam in Freiburg, Germany

Travelled to Switzerland and Germany last week, hence the break on the aerial themed illustrations for the #WorldWatercolorMonth. But I will continue from where I left off in the next week.

Until then, sketch from yesterday. I had a fabulous day with excellent company. We were sunbathing at the Dreisam river in Freiburg. Despite 35 degrees celsius I managed to get these two sketches done. Loved being in the sun for a week. Unfortunately it didn´t last long and I am back to the harsh reality of wet Icelandic summer again.

180729 Dreisam Freiburg

My friend Elise, having a nap in the afternoon sun. The grass is completely dried out and burned as it hasn´t rained in weeks.

180729 Dreisam Freiburg Elise

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Casting Shadows

Yes, this pose is possible. I based it on a photo. The black dots are flies… or bees? Maybe they are about to disturb her focus?

180716 Casting Shadows _ Melanie Franz

 

 

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth – On the beach

I was busy sitting in the sun the last 2 evenings and it was good, today it is back to the usual rain. Therefore, before the sumerfeeling fades, the prompt for day 15 of #WorldWatercolorMonth – On the beach.

180715 on the beach edited -melanie Franz _ worldwatercolormonth

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Fast & Loose

Day 13 prompt for #WorldWatercolorMonth. Will try to catch up with the rest tonight or tomorrow. But right now it is super sunny and you never know how long it will last. First sunny day in 3 weeks! Gosh this summer is miserable.

180713 Fast and Loose_ Worldwatercolormonth _ Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Forest Animals

Went on an unplaned weekend trip to the country side with no internet connection. Only beer, horses and hot tub which was fabulous, so I am three days behind with drawings.

There was no forest, only  a lot of green fields and mountains all around. So this is my aerial acrobatics themed take on the prompt of day 12 – forest animals – for the #WorldWatercolorMonth

180712 Forest animals - edited Melanie Franz

 

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Beautiful Blooms

Day 11 of my aerial hoop & acrobatic themed watercolours. Prompt of yesterday is Beautiful Blooms. I am trying to catch up today with day 12.

180711 Beautiful Blooms_worldwatercolormonth _ Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Light & Luminous

Slightly behind, but getting there. Light and luminous prompt of yesterday. Aerial move on a chandelier? Why not.

Edit: I was clearly too lazy yesterday to do a background for this. So when I saw it again today, I felt like I needed to do something immediately about those random yellow blobs. I like it a lot better now. What do you think?

180710 Light and Luminous_edited _Melanie Franz

Before:

180710 Light & Luminous_ Worldwatercolormonth _Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Climbing Mountains

Credit for the mountain goat goes to the boyfriend aka my “creative director” as he likes to call himself.

180709 Climbing Mountains_ Worldwatercolourmonth_ Melanie Franz

#WorldWatercolorMonth – Flying Things

Some fun for day 8. A superman pose on the pole. It is more difficult to get into this pose than it might seem. At least for me it was always a semi-struggle.

So here a flying pose with flying things, just for the fun of it. The little black spots are bumblebees… or flies…

180708 Flying Things_Worldwatercolormonth _ Melanie Franz