Inktober – Day 4 – Scallop

Welcome to day 4 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

“Let me put on my glasses”, Sasha the bat, said.

“You wear glasses??” Grog replies, wondering.

“Nobody is perfect!” Sasha sneers at him. 

Meanwhile Grog climbs up another pile of boxes to look at what is inside. The top box tips and its content comes crashing down. Grog finds himself buried in a mountain of scallops. 

Inktober – Day 3 – Bat

Welcome to day 3 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

The closet was empty, except for a large bat staring right at him with big eyes.

It took Grog a moment to get over his surprise.

“Have you seen my wing?” he asks. 

“Do I look like I see something?” the bat sneers back.

Inktober – Day 2 – Scurry

Last year during Inktober I put the focus on character design and had fun creating little children´s illustration. This year (after a way to long break from drawing and feeling out of practice) I decided to put the focus on storytelling.

Follow me for whatever story this year´s Inktober prompt list will lead to. Every day´s prompt will be a new page of the story.

Day 1 – meet Grog, the gargoyle. Now you might have notice something different about him.

Day 2 – still a work in progress. Will finish it tonight.


One morning Grog woke up, discovering that one of his wings was missing.

Grog jumped off his usual outdoor wall spot. Maybe someone had put his wing in the attic? He scurried around, looking here and there. But his wing was nowhere to be found. 

Work in progress

Getting more worried, he spots a big closet at the other end of the attic. Maybe his wing is in there? Slightly out of breath, he opens the door.

He jumps! That was not what he expected to find!

… to be continued on day 3.

Inktober 2022 – Day 1 – Gargoyle

Time for Inktober again! I thought I had a plan for it, but let´s see how it will go. At least I hope I will develop a more steady drawing routine again!

Prompt for day 1 – Gargoyle – What should we name him?

Stormy Seas

Another Inktober 21 drawing that I didn´t post previously.

Apparently I do enjoy drawing boats, but I don´t like to be in them. Also we had now in average one storm per week for he past 2 months. Good winter in Iceland. Other countries have spring, I´ve been told….

311030 Inktober boat_Melanie Franz

Balancing Act

Going through my sketchbook, I discovered this little guy. He was part of my Inktober 21 drawings, but I never posted him.

So here it is. Fancy a cup of tea?

I´m a ray of fucking sunshine

Found this guy in the beginning of my sketchbook. I got inspired by a t-shirt with above’s headline and though a shoe bill would fit the phrase perfectly. I think they are pretty cool!

2112 Shoebill_Melanie Franz

Morning Coffee

I need at least one. Either black (like my soul) or with loads of milk, Latte like. Everyone has their preferences. How do you like yours?

2112 Cat and morning coffee_Melanie Franz

Art vs Artist

I made a last one of these Art vs Artists collages. Also more for me as I enjoyed taking a look at my work from last year.

Below are my first proper attempts of watercolour illustrations. I still feel like I have a long way to go. But practice makes you maybe not perfect, but better bit by bit.

Happy weekend!

Art vs Artist 2021_Melanie Franz

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

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

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

Capybara Madness

My latest Capybara Colouring book is online!

If you are looking for a last minute Christmas present, you can get it here.

A colouring book for young and old with 15 unique and fun drawings, featuring capybaras and their friends.

Throughout the book you will also learn more about these adorable rodents, as each image is accompanied by fun facts.

Colour them in and bring them to life!
The drawings are one sided full page images in order to avoid bleed through of other images. Take out the page after you are done and frame the image. I would love to see your finished pages!

Cover Capybara colouring book Melanie Franz