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

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

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

Never Lose your Sense of Wonder

Old drawing from the very beginnings of Mr Fox, but I still very much like it.

This is also part of the Mr Fox Colouring Book.

Fox fireflies _ Melanie Franz

Eat Cake

Because life is too short! Somehow I have a craving…

This illustration is also part of The Adventures of Mr Fox – Coloring Book.

More about the book you can find here.

Hanging in the Air

I have been hanging in the air literally the last couple of weeks during hoop training but also emotionally I have been in bit of a slump. Tackling all the open projects I am having, is definitely helping.

That’s why I put this little guy also into the Mr Fox Colouring Book. It is not a colouring page per se, but you are more than welcome to add a colourful background. Let your imagination go wild.

“When once you have TASTED FLIGHT,
you will forever WALK THE EARTH
with your EYES turned SKYWARD.
For THERE you have been,
and THERE you will ALWAYS long to return.”

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 🙂

Inktober Roundup

After I felt like I was doing so well with my posting habits throughout October I fell into somewhat of a slump the last week. I have been focusing on drawing and several online are courses that I am taking at the moment instead.

I finished all of the Inktober prompts, however, I am not really happy how the last 3 turned out as I rushed them, so I haven’t posted them yet.

Here are all the other ones that I am quite happy with. I ended up with 33 drawings even with the last 3 missing as I did more than one drawing on some of the days.

Do you have a favourite?

Inktober Day 13 – Roof

Clearly inspired by The Peanuts. I thought Mr Fox and Mr Mouse might like this as a napping spot.

I am still fully on track with my Inktober schedule this time. Only late in uploading the images. How is your Inktober going?

This image clearly reflects today´s lazy Sunday mood.

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Inktober Day 3 – Vessel

I´m experimenting with adding a bit of colourful highlights to my ink drawings. What do you think?

I have also decided to spend Inktober to explore new and old characters.