Inktober – Day 21 – Bad Dog

Welcome to day 19 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

What Grog and Sasha had not noticed when they entered the cellar of the magic show, was the massive dog guarding the entrance. In his attempt to run out, Grog was suddenly face to face with the door dog.

“Where do you think you are going?” the dog barked at him angrily. “You did not pay for the show! Pay up or you will be in trouble,” he continued threateningly.

Take Your Pet to School Day II

Some of the initial sketches of the class room.

Have a great weekend! I will be out enjoying the sun.

Sleeping Time

I wanted to experiment with different techniques last month.

This is a piece in pencil and coloured pencil on paper. I think the paper was not quite ideal but I still like the texture of the chair.

2201 Labrador sleeping on couch pencil_Melanie Franz

Take your Pet to School Day VI

The things that can happen when you bring your dog to school (or to the office…)

Did you ever take your pet to school?

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

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.

Pool Time II

Just putting out more pug illustrations from our Nobbi & Kobbi – Best Friends book.

Pugs are fun and silly looking sometimes. That’s at least my opinion.

If you and your kids like pugs, then this children’s book may be for you. My first attempt at illustrating a children’s story.

Book in English

Deutsches Buch

Bók á Íslensku

Pug pool_ Melanie Franz

The Dilemma with French Bulldogs

I am torn regarding French Bulldogs. I find them somewhat ridiculous, but also extremely adorable….

Opinions? They are certainly fun to draw!

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

Book Release!

After several edits I am happy and proud to announce that my/our first children´s book is available to order!

With my friend Norbert, who wrote the story, we have been working on it for a while now and are happy to finally have the print version ready!

The story is about two best friends that find out how long a working week can be! A week at work can often feel very long and sometimes, not everyone is happy with it. In the end though, it pays to be patient.… and Kobbi, the little pug, is very patient.

Learn more about the book here or go straight to Amazon to order it.

Pug Pool _Melanie Franz

I Just Stay Where I Am (or The Weather Today)

As the title says. This little pug is going nowhere with strong winds and below freezing temperatures out there.

I really love this little guy (although I am not a fan of pugs at all). I love dogs, the bigger the better! What about you?

But I drew him last winter for an upcoming project I have been working on with a friend. Stay tuned!

Pug Dog_Melanie Franz