Adventures of the Little Fly IV

Continuation of introducing the Adventures of the Little Fly.

Something was different in the garden of the little fly. The flowers seemed to let their heads hang and also the bees flew slower than usual.

Fly garden autumn bees_Melanie Franz

Rainy Day

I have been drawing a lot and because of that completely neglected all of my social media. I really need to find a balance.

I am currently in the process of creating a proper portfolio for children’s book illustrations, and I have been working on a few new drawings and techniques with watercolour, ink and pencils.

I am also in the process to finish my first own book, with the main character being the one and only, Mr Fox! More about that soon.

Meanwhile Mr Fox assists Mr Mouse to dig a hole in the forest… He hopes to find a hidden treasure somewhere.

I am also looking for first names for Mr Fox and Mr Mouse. Any suggestions are more than welcome!

Have a great week!

Fox and Mouse Umbrella Forest_Melanie Franz

A Different Kind of Animal

Mr Fox in colour. Currently having the pleasure to be staying with an artist who gave me free hand to roam through her art supplies.

I started to sketch and tried different mediums which I haven’t used before, which is fantastic.

One result of these explorations is this little colourful version of Mr Fox, drawn with Caran d’ache oil crayons.

I can totally see myself illustrating an entire children’s book with these crayons. Love how vibrant they are.

2108 Caran d'ache oil crayon Mr Fox_Melanie Franz

Catch me if you can

Art supply shops are like candy shops. You go in to buy the one thing you want and walk out with a bag of goodies instead. I treated myself to a fountain pen and new nibs for drawing. Plus a ton of different papers and pencils.

First fountain pen trial.

Cycle into the Weekend

Tried something else for today´s warm up sketch. Inspired by the photo of Elliot Erwitt, Provence, 1955.

Have a great weekend!

Strike a Pose

Here is finally one for the cat lovers as promised.

I think for my proper first cat drawing it did turn out quite ok. What do you think?

Keep Your Focus

I started work on two new books. One will be my own, with the main character being the one and only, little Mr Fox. The other one is still in the planing stage. But I am excited nevertheless.

Seems for a fun warm up sketch I have settled for another fun French Bulldog once again. Also good to practice my pencil drawing skills.

So set your focus and don´t loose it.

Relax while you can

Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. No more cats and dogs, nevertheless I drew a dog.

Let´s say he is sunbathing and enjoying the warmth.

Should I draw a cat tomorrow?

It´s Raining Cats and Dogs II

Maybe I should start drawing cats too. At the end of the day I will always remain a dog person though.

Inspiration of funny dogs comes from Pinterest.

It´s Raining Cats and Dogs

That expression came to mind when I looked out the window this morning. So naturally I felt like drawing a funny dog as the sketch of the day. Trying to get back into the habit of sketching daily.

I also felt curious of where the expression comes from and turns out it is not quite clear.

Reference image of this funny dog is from Pinterest.

Be Cool Like a Honey Bagder II

I added a bit of colour to this honey badger. I am currently having fun learning Photoshop, designer programs and the like. Gotta earn that barbecue tonight by getting some work done.

Have a great weekend!

You can find this guy also in my Society 6 shop.

Follow Your Own Advise

Another week over…

When you think you know what is best but then you have problems to follow your own smartass advice…

Good to have a reminder.

You can also find this little guy in my Society 6 shop.

Honey Badger don’t care about Lemons

Be like honey badger!

If you fancy getting your own supportive honey badger, check out my Society 6 shop.

I’ll be adding more honey badgers at the end of the week to the collection.

Coffee first. Scheme later.

Honey badger also need their coffee. Who else is a coffee person here?

Black or milk?

As the boyfriend would say, give me coffee as dark as my magic (or my soul) … Depends on the day.

For more honey badgers, visit my shop.

5-honey-badger-coffee Melanie Franz

Honey Badger Got the Moves!

Get ready for honey badger week!

I´ve been having this idea for a while and I finally put it into being. I have been working on a couple of honey badger designs.

I uploaded the first ones here onto my Society 6 page. Feedback is more than welcome!

If you don´t know about honey badgers, then this is the video for you. They are simply badass!

Have a great week!