Take your Pet to School Day VIII

While we currently have the snowstorm apocalypse raging outside, here is another curious pet.

I remembered that when I was young, I really wanted to have a chinchilla as a pet. I don´t know much about these rodents , but they are certainly cute.

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

Going on More Fox Adventures

For those of you who are not fed up yet with Mr Francis Fox and Konstantin Mouse (yes, those are the names I seem to have settled for, what do you think?), here is a little teaser of my first own Mr Fox story!

I have been working on this book for a while now, struggling especially with the fact that I am not a writer. So it will be more of a picture story for young children than a literary masterpiece….

Have a great weekend!

Walking forest Mr Fox_Melanie Franz

Mr Fox in a Box

Thank you again for all the feedback regarding the cover. And I am very happy to announce that The Adventures of Mr Fox – Colouring Book, is now officially available here. More about the content of the book you can find here.

I had fun putting this little project together with old and new drawings and maybe some of the Mr Fox fans out there will enjoy it too. It is not your typical colouring book, but it also invites you to add backgrounds and add to the drawings on your own. Just like the Capybara Colouring book.

The drawings are accompanied by inspirational quotes that I personally like.

Have a great Sunday and 2. Advent!

We have a proper storm out there. I keep on adding ideas to my to-do and drawing list. So this is a good day to continue and finish with some of the other open projects I have. 🙂

Mr Fox cover _ Melanie Franz
Mr Fox cover _ Melanie Franz
Mr Fox gift box _ Melanie Franz

Mr Fox Colouring Book Cover Design

Thank you everyone for the great feedback regarding the cover design!

I took all comments into consideration an tweaked the cover a bit more. The orange header was definitely a winner and I tried to keep it at least somewhat similar in style to the Capybara Colouring book.

So this is the current and perhaps final version of the front and back cover.

What do you think?

I need your help

So I thought after the capybara colouring book was so well received, that I would put some of my old and brand new Mr Fox drawings together in a colouring book.

I have been playing around with cover designs on Affinity publisher, but with way too many colour and font choices, picking one is difficult. So I narrowed it down to these 4. Which one is your favourite? Take part in the poll below.

Thank you 🙂

Resting Day

Discovered this unfinished drawing I did a month ago in my sketchbook. I should finish it at some point but I also like it just in black and white as it is.

It also represents the mood of today. I would like to just stay home and be cozy.

Adventures of the Little Fly VI

Continuation of introducing the Adventures of the Little Fly.

When the little fly woke up again and looked out of her hole in her tree, the garden looked weird. A white blanket was covering everything.

What had happened?

The mountains around Reykjavik are all covered in snow this morning. Winter has certainly arrived.

Fly in tree_Melanie Franz
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Adventures of the Little Fly V

A continuation of introducing the latest children’s book I finished illustrating.

The little fly decided to fly back to her hole in the tree and sleep as she was super tired. There she slept and slept.

FYI the sleeping positions of the little fly have been inspired by my dog…

Adventures of the Little Fly II

Welcome to the little fly week, where I introduce the Adventures of the Little Fly. The book is available in Icelandic here.

The little fly lives in a hole in a tree in a big garden.

little fly_Melanie Franz
Fly Tree_Melanie Franz

Where are you flying to?

I’m currently dreaming about a Greek island. Not sure where this capybara is going to. But you can set the scene and add the background in my capybara colouring book, which you can find here.

More description about the book you can find also here.

Have a lovely day!

Balloon fligth capybara_Melanie Franz

Nobbi & Kobbi – Children´s Book

You can find my first illustrated children´s story of the two best friends now also in German on Amazon. The English version you find here.


Die Geschichte von Nobbi und Kobbi gibt es jetzt auch auf Deutsch auf Amazon zu kaufen.


In hindsight I would do many things differently when it comes to illustrating and editing the book. But then again, it was the first and there is a learning curve. 🙂 I definitely want to do more book illustrations and am busy practicing and learning new publishing and editing programs.

In fact, I just finished my second children’s book, a story about a little fly. I am very happy of how it turned out. More about it soon!

I have plenty of inspiration when it comes to drawings but I suck at making up stories. If anyone has a great story idea they would like to collaborate on, please drop me a line.

In the meantime check out the silly story of Nobbi & Kobbi.

TV_Nobbi & Kobbi_Melanie Franz

Inktober 2019 Day 21 – Treasure

Books! A real treasure. I keep accumulating books but I cannot keep up with the reading. So my resolution is, to use the winter months to catch up with it! What about you?

191021 Inktober_Treasure_Melanie Franz

Creative Lightning

Really liked this lamp in a coffee house in the centre of Athens. I unfortunately forgot the name of the place and also the street it was in… So I haven´t been back there…

190505 Coffee house Athens_Melanie Franz