My Sunny Island II

I really love pelicans. It always made me happy when I watched them surfing the waves in Mexico and especially at the Pacific Ocean in Guatemala.

181121 Sunny Island_Melanie Franz

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My Sunny Island

Winter hasn´t fully started yet, and I am already in dire need of some sun!

I took out my other sketch book last night, which I haven´t used for the last months, and this  is what I discovered! Bam, it made me happy. I miss summer!

Check out the rest of my aerial themed watercolour drawings right here. 

1808 Island life_Melanie Franz

Inktober Day 2 – Tranquil

Drew this last night but did not have time to post it.

Tranquility…. to be destroyed.

What I would like to do right now: perfect picnic with a glass of very dark and heavy red wine and giant pieces of Gruyere, Manchego and Comté.

181002 Inktober _Tranquil_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

Ice cream – work in progress

The reasons for the few updates lately are that I simply did not have time to sit down and draw, and when I found time, then I was stuck with this watercolor painting.

I have been on it for more than a week now and still haven´t figured out the background… I ate a lot of ice cream in between too, to look for inspiration… still looking, so I will keep on eating until I find it.

180920 ice cream ambition_Melanie Franz

Ice Cream Cravings

It has been sunny second day in a row! That´s when those ice cream cravings come up.  At my new favourite ice cream parlour, conveniently just a 5 minute bike ride from home, the scoops are massive. Two are pretty much a meal. Bigger is better!

This actually could be me. I admit.

180904 summer icecream_Melanie Franz

Flamingos

Yes, flamingos! Jenna Gee aka The Sunshine Artist suggested me to draw flamingos, so I decided to have fun with flamingos as you can see.

I have about 20 pages left in my sketchbook which I would like to fill with aerial themed illustrations.

Any other prompt suggestions? Leave it in the comments.

180822 Flamingo 2 _Melanie Franz

The Poet and the Donkey in Malinalco, Mexico

I felt like paying Malinalco a visit again. And I still want to fill my Mexico sketchbook to the end. So I will do this bit by bit.

I started this one a while ago and finally finished it. Back in April I stayed in Malinalco  with my friend Mohsen, the poet. We left early one morning to catch the bus to Cuernavaca, when we met this guy, parked at the side of the road.

Same donkey that we met previously.

1808 Malinalco Poet and Donkey_Melanie Franz

Exotic Location

Let´s move to an exotic location! There have to be pelicans of course! That´s what I am thinking right now, looking at the grey clouds outside.

Second last promt for #WorldWatercolourMonth. I have about 20 pages left in my sketchbook and I would like to fill them with more aerial illustrations all the way to the end.

Anyone wants to give me the next prompt? Leave it in the comments.

180816 Exotic location _ Melanie Franz

 

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

Icelandic Farm Life

Another prompt from #WorldWatercolorMonth. I turned the farm life into an Icelandic farm life.

At the end of spring, farmers will bring their sheep up into the mountains, where they will roam wild and free during the summer months. In the beginning of September  farmers will go out and start gathering them again. This is called Réttir – the annual sheep round-up.

180807 Icelandic farm life Melanie Franz

Under the Sea

Even mermaids would like to try out aerial hoop. 

After the girl in the striped leggings was done with her hoop session, she left, leaving the hoop behind. A mermaid came along and thought: “That looks like fun. I want to try it”. Her pet octopus was everything but excited about the idea and tried to get away.

I am not sure why all the water inspired illustrations. But there is actually a pose called inside / outside mermaid in aerial hoop.

180804 Under the sea - 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