On Top of Mount Lykavittos

Went to watch the sunset on top of Mount Lycabettus/ Lykavittos here in Athens the other week. Got a beautiful view over the whole city.

What caught my eye at the viewing point though was the white cat that was chilling at the jewelery seller stand without a care in the world.

190318 Lykavittos view point Athens_Melanie Franz

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At the Supermarket in Athens

190316 Supermarket Athens2_Melanie Franz

 

Sun is out

I spent the day in the park, where a lot of flowers are in bloom already. I tried to draw something different but ended up with this. The paper is anything but ideal but so far I haven´t found anything better at the art supply shop. I need to expand my search.

I also finally found inspirations for my Athens watercolour book and what I would like to put into it! So I will start with that later today. It took me a while to get used to the city but I think I am getting there.

190313 Flower pole_Melanie Franz

Hanging Out in Athens III

I am finally getting better at this One Leg Hox hang as it is called. But it still hurts quite a lot and also leaves nice bruises on the back of your knee.

But at least I am able to do it now more easily. Pratice makes perfect. Although I certainly don´t feel as light as a balloon floating in the air.

1900303 one leg hox hang_Melanie Franz

The Jaguar and its allies

I´ve been struggling a bit to find inspiration of what to draw since moving to Athens. So  in order to have a break from aerial hoop images I tried something new – big cats.

I have been thinking about it for a while. Inspired by Josh and his blog dedicated to The Jaguar and its allies. Go and check it out! It has very good and informative articles on jaguars, other big cats and wildlife conservation.

Josh,thanks for your encouragement, and I mentioned a while ago that I will try to do something with big cats, so this is attempt number one.

190226 Jaguar 1_Melanie Franz

Hanging Out in Athens

I´ve been in Athens for almost 2 weeks now. Got a bad cold just after getting here, so I have not done any major sightseeing yet. What I managed though is to find two aerial hoop studios in town. Of course I went there to try them out right away.

190224 hanging on hoop_Melanie Franz

 

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!

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.

190120 vespa girl cdmx_Melanie Franz

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.

190127 cdmx mexico_flipped_Melanie Franz

Tacos at Night

Lazy Sunday and I wish I had a taco stand around the corner to get some spicy comfort food.

This is one of the many stands that popped up each night in Malinalco with Tacos, tamales and other things I don´t know the names of, for all the hungry people out there.

No tacos for me tonight. I am off raiding the fridge instead.

190119 taco stand malinalco_Melanie Franz

Rainy Day at the Mercado II

Rainy afternoon on market day in Malinalco. It was rather empty that day, as there was heavy downpour on an off. Even the dogs were looking for shelter under the tarpaulins that covered the market stalls.

190110 market day_Melanie Franz

Avocados at the Mercado

One of the avocado sellers at the mercado in Malinalco. I seriously miss my daily avocado and hot guacamole. I miss food with taste in general. Vegetables in Iceland taste pretty much like nothing. Watery at best.

190113 avocado seller_Melanie Franz