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

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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

The formerly green house in Malinalco revisited

Before I left Malinalco I went to take a photo of the formerly beautiful dark green house. Upon leaving town it looked like this. From a different angle this time.

1804 Malinalco red house_Melanie Franz

Previously it had looked like this.

I think this has been the best background drawing practice for me… I used to hate drawing backgrounds, but after doing these street scenes it feels a lot easier and a lot more fun.

On the streets of Malinalco, Mexico VII

This big white truck was always parked in the next street. I thought it was quite impressive and also always perfectly polished. So I splashed some colour on it.

1804 Malinalco Big white truck

Ice cream in Malinalco, Mexico

So my time in Mexico is unfortunately over and I am back in Iceland after an amazing 4 day stop over in New York city!

But, I am not done with Mexico yet! There are still so many impressions I want to bring to paper. The sketch book I had with me is still only half full, so I will continue to fill it up with my “snapshots”.

Here is my “self-portait” with ice cream on my last day in Malinalco. The ice cream was delicious. Orange-chocolate and cookie flavour.

1804 30 Malinalco Ice cream_Melanie Franz

On the streets of Malinalco, Mexico VI

This shop. It was the only place brightly lit on a dark street at night. A very odd sight.

I passed it several times during day time. It always had exactly the same set up – 3 chairs at the entrance, but never a soul to be seen.

1804 Malinalco shop - 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

 

 

 

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico II

I really love strolling through the market and eat tacos, sweats and whatnot. We bought some really delicious fish from this lady, fresh from the local river. She gutted them right there.

1804 Malinalco Market 2