Pelican Landing

The brown pelican is a unique feeder that makes impressive dives from above the surface. They fly just above the surface of the water, then circle high, and when ready dive headfirst, plunging under water to catch fish.

They are able to dive from as high as 30 meters! The deeper the meal the higher the dive.

This pelican landing turned out purple for artistic expression.

20_07 Pelican landing_Melanie Franz

Pelican Offspring

Who has seen a baby pelican? I haven´t. Something unusual about the populations of coastal pelicans is that baby pelicans are never seen. 

Pelicans nest far away in inland or remote locations in large breeding colonies. The pair chooses a relatively flat nest site on gravel, sand, or soil near other pelicans at the same stage of the breeding cycle. In southern, drier regions, they nest amongst sparse vegetation. In forested regions, sites may be under shrubs or trees.

Both parents feed their young.

From about 25 days old, the young pelicans gather in “pods” or “crèches” of up to 100 birds. The parents recognise and feed only their own offspring.

Young Pelican in nest_Melanie Franz

Pelican Hangout

Pelicans are very social birds. They live in large colonies composed of several hundreds of birds. A group of pelicans has numerous collective nouns, including pod, scoop and squadron.

Happy Sunday everyone!

20_07 Pelican hangout_Melanie Franz

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.

Window Shopping in Edinburgh II

Some more window shopping travel sketches from my new sketchbook.

Souvenir shop window in the old town of Edinburgh.

191120 Edinburgh_Melanie Franz

A cake shop display near Haymarket. Damn, I want that cake!

191120 Edinburgh_cake-shop_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.

Window of Curious Items

On an evening stroll with a friend around the Plaka area in the centre of Athens, we passed by this shop window. It was the only thing illuminated on a dark street and had something weirdly fascinating about it, so that I had to take a picture.

190510 shop window Plaka_Melanie Franz

Still on #OneWeek100People2019

Second last of my people doodle pages from the One Week 100 People challenge. Now fully coloured. Had a short break from drawing as I was entertaining visitors the last weeks in and around Athens.

Big thank you to Gabriela for the inspiration to put in speech bubbles. Put the idea straight to action in this doodle. Also check out her brillant blog Artschaft about art gems and  her exploration of paintings.

190504 OneWeek100people_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.

 

#OneWeek100People2019 – Day 2

This was Day 2 of the #OneWeek100People2019 challenge.

We had more rain, so I am sticking to the same theme. I am trying to get a better idea of people´s posture while moving and also to be more lose in my style…  I am not counting the tiny shapes in the background. So I still have about 20 people to go today.

190410 OneWeek100people _Melanie Franz

#OneWeek100People2019

It´s been a bit since the last post. Have been busy with visitors and locals roaming around Athens. The bit of time I had in between I was either at aerial hoop practice or tried myself on the #OneWeek100People2019 challenge.  I thought it is a great opportunity to actually force myself to practice to draw people, something I am usually too lazy to.

It was pissing rain at the beginning of the week, that´s where the inspiration came from.

I have made it to about 60-70  by now… not sure if I manage to get to 100 by tomorrow… lets see…

190409 OneWeek100people _Melanie Franz

Little Pink House in Malinalco

I think I started to continue with my Mexico book because winter has officially arrived here. The mountains are white again and I miss the warmth.

At least I can have sunny drawings and hot whiskey to keep me warm! I still have about a third of my Mexico book to fill so I will have more of these coming …

1804 Malinalco pink house_Melanie Franz

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

Rainy day at the mercado in Malinalco

Just as the title says, it rained that day. The rainy season started slowly at the beginning of May, so the sunny days were interrupted by several showers. I loved going there because of the amazing variety of tasty fruit and vegetables.

What´s your favourite thing about markets?

1806 Malinalco Mercado rain_Melanie Franz

And the outlined sketch.

1806 Malinalco mercado rain draft