Sleeping Time III

Another rough sketch. Same scene as before. Had this black paper for a while and finally got around to try it out.

Any comments and feedback welcome.

Would you like to see this style in a children´s book?

Sleeping Time II

I am still experimenting with different styles. Similar scene as before, this time in watercolour and pencil.

What do you think?

2202 Labrador on couch watercolour_Melanie Franz

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 V

Continuation of the drawing practice I did in November.

Tried to use coloured pencil instead of ink for the outline. I kind of like both. The clear lines of the ink but also this slightly softer look of the pencil.

What do you think?

It’s Monday again. It´s not back to school but back to work…

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

African Wild Dogs II

I really like sketching these wild dogs. I am also experimenting with different outlines and pencils. So far I like the result. Only the paper quality was not the best. Will change that for the next drawing.

African Wild Dog

A friend gave me the book Solo the Story of an African Wild Dog by Hugo Van Lawick.

I knew nothing about wild dogs beforehand. Absolutely loved the story which is a description of a pack of wild dogs and in particular the story of Solo, one of the cubs.

I only learned that the story of Solo is somewhat famous after reading the book. I certainly had fun sketching this little dog.

2109 African Wild Dog Melanie Franz

Strike a Pose

Here is finally one for the cat lovers as promised.

I think for my proper first cat drawing it did turn out quite ok. What do you think?

Keep Your Focus

I started work on two new books. One will be my own, with the main character being the one and only, little Mr Fox. The other one is still in the planing stage. But I am excited nevertheless.

Seems for a fun warm up sketch I have settled for another fun French Bulldog once again. Also good to practice my pencil drawing skills.

So set your focus and don´t loose it.

Relax while you can

Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. No more cats and dogs, nevertheless I drew a dog.

Let´s say he is sunbathing and enjoying the warmth.

Should I draw a cat tomorrow?

One Week 100 People – Day 4

Had to play catch up as a was a bit behind schedule on day 3. Have to say that it still takes me way too long with drawing these.

Dalmatian Pelican

Gorgeous weather today.

This guy looks a little bit dishevelled though. Maybe he also had a wine too many last night.

There are two main populations of Dalmatian pelican. One breeds in Eastern Europe, wintering in the eastern Mediterranean region, and the other breeds in central Asia and Russia, wintering in the Indian subcontinent, Iran and Iraq.