Hello, What Are You Doing There?

Rabbit girl and ostrich. I wanted to try out my new watercolour paper and, inspired after being on pinterest for what feels like forever, I came up with this …

2111 Ostrich Children's illustration Melanie Franz

The Sleeping Giant

Had this idea for a drawing after reading the book The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was the second book I read by Ishiguro, the first one was The Remains of the Days which was also excellent.

Also I finally tested my new watercolour paper. So consider this a practice piece.

Art vs Artist III

Once I got into doing these image collections, I couldn’t stop. So here is another retrospect of drawings of last year. I had pretty much forgotten about the honey badger series I did!

They are also still available in my Society 6 shop in case you are looking or an original present.

And the fox drawings are part of my Mr Fox Colouring Book.

Art vs Artist 2021_Melanie Franz

Art vs Artist II

I kind of liked the art vs artist set up and I thought it would be nice to reflect on some of my other drawings that I did throughout 2021.

So here is another one. People and animals in ink and watercolour from last spring.

Art vs Artist 2021_Melanie Franz

Art vs. Artist

There was this art vs artist posts on Instagram and I am late to the party but this was the image I put together.

It has been a though year with many downs put I have certainly learned a lot illustration wise. I still feel like I have a long way to go until I get to where I want my illustrations to be, but hey, it’s a journey.

Curious to see how my style and skills will further develop throughout the year.

What are you looking forward to?

Art vs Artist 2021_Melanie Franz

Me in my Imaginary Garden

Full blown snow storm raging outside. So its nice to be inside all warm and cozy, dreaming of imaginary worlds.

This nature capybara is also part of my latest Capybaras & Friends Colouring Book.

Flora and fauna capybara _Melanie Franz

Capybaras are Excellent Swimmers

Capybaras have webbed feet and it makes them excellent swimmers.

They can dive and hold their breath for five minutes at a time, and their ears fold back when they are underwater so they never have to worry about water getting stuck in their ears.


This diving capybara is also part of my latest Capybaras & Friends Colouring Book.

Diving Capybara_ Melanie Franz

Washing Day

After the holidays, maybe it is time for a scrub.

This wash room team is also part of my latest Capybaras & Friends Colouring Book.

I would love to see your coloured in version.

wash day capybara monkeys Melanie Franz

Riding into the New Year

Let’s see what the next year will bring. It will be an interesting ride for sure.

Happy New Year!

This monkey ride is also part of my latest Capybaras & Friends Colouring Book.

Taxi ride capybara Melanie Franz

Sleeping Time

The mood right after the holidays – after eating way too much and too much socializing, but it was totally worth it.

This sleepy capybara is also part of my latest Capybaras & Friends Colouring Book.

Capybara colouring book Melanie Franz

Feasting Time

Did you have a lavish Christmas feast? We for sure did! Still digesting it.

Christmas is the time of the year where you eat way too much food, while in the good company of friends. At least that’s what it was and means for me.

This illustration is also part of my latest Capybaras & Friends Coloring Book.

Capybara colouring book Melanie Franz

Happy Holidays II

Another sketch I had forgotten about for a project that didn’t work out. I still quite like it. Santa’s reindeer meets a goat.

Merry Christmas

…and happy holidays!

I wanted to do a proper Christmas card but ran out of time. But I found this sketch that I did last summer for a book project that didn’t work out.

Taxi Ride

Capybaras are excellent swimmers and some species like to use them as a free taxi service too.

Illustration from my latest Capybaras and Friends Colouring Book.

Pack Your Cart

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? Or you are like me and you keep it to a minimum and focus more on good company and food?

Anyway, I just updated my “shop” drawing, combining my latest characters.

And if you are actually still looking for last minute presents then take a look at my latest book releases

Picture Perfect – A Mr Fox Story

Capybaras and Friends – Colouring Book

The Adventures of Mr Fox – Colouring Book

2112 shopping cart honey badger_ Melanie Franz

Picture Perfect

Looking for another last minute Christmas present?

I finished project #2. My first own little story about the adventures of Francis Fox. Join him on his quest to take the perfect picture.

The book is available here as paperback or eBook.

Happy 4th Advent!

Picture Perfect Mr Fox Melanie Franz