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

Riding into the New Year

Let’s see what the next year will bring. It will be an interesting ride for sure.

Happy New Year!

This monkey ride is also part of my latest Capybaras & Friends Colouring Book.

Taxi ride capybara Melanie Franz

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.

Pumpkin Delivery Service

Happy October 1st!

It’s the beginning of Inktober! I haven’t started with the Inktober sketch just yet but will get to it soon.

Meanwhile I tried to draw something a bit different, inspired by a Draw this in your style challenge on Instagram . I haven’t really been doing people illustrations for children’s books, but I think I am quite happy with my first attempt.

What do you think?

Picnic with Friends

Mr Fox in colour!

What is better than a meal in good company. Another doodle trying out those Chameleon markers. Fun to try but too much hassle to use those pens if you ask me. But I do like the outcome.

Mr Fox invited Mr Mouse for a surprise birthday picnic in the woods. The weather is good and the group is enjoying their cup of tea.

Have a great week.

2108 Mr Fox Squirel Mouse picknick2_Melanie Franz

Chameleon Doodle

Doodling a chameleon with chameleon markers. The things you do while drinking wine.

Was curious to try these markers and this is the outcome. Was fun to try but I probably wouldn´t really use them for anything else.

Has anyone used them?

Cycle into the Weekend

Tried something else for today´s warm up sketch. Inspired by the photo of Elliot Erwitt, Provence, 1955.

Have a great weekend!

Inktober Day 15 – Outpost

Inspired by Mr Foxes balloon trip which started back in January, he now made his way to this remote outpost up in the sky. Followed by Mr Mouse of course.

Where is your journey taking you this weekend?

Inktober Day 3 – Bulky

Went on my first multi-day hike this summer in the Icelandic highlands. 5 days, ca 75 km in total, with tent and food and all. The weather was perfect to say the least. We met almost no people along the way and the scenery was breathtaking.

My backpack was also rather bulky because of the survival sleeping bag I had with me, taking up a good amount of space. All in all the hike was amazing and I am up for another one next summer!

Pink Taxi in Mexico City

Another snapshot. Just opposite of Munal (Museo Nacional de Arte) in Mexico City.

I´m trying to be less lazy and put more details into the drawings. I don´t like drawing buildings or urban sketching I realised. So I consider this a good exercise to get back into it and work on perspectives and on my patience.

2009-zocalo-cdmx-taxi_Melanie Franz

El Museo Nacional de Artes

The days are getting shorter and more stormy here, so it is nice to revisit Mexico by drawing it. Another page filled in my travel sketchbook.

In front of the Museo Nacional de Artes in Mexcio City after visiting the Caravaggio exhibition. The museum is housed in a neoclassical building and the building itself is quite stunning. Who has been there?

In front of the museum is a large equestrian statue by Manuel Tolsá of Charles IV of Spain, who was the monarch just before Mexico gained its independence.

México!

A rather lazy drawing. The perspectives are all off. Oh well. The drawing of the CDMX sign turned out much better I think. But I definitely need to work on those perspectives!

But otherwise this is a lovely Mexico installation in the centre of Mexico city.

2009 Mexico city_Melanie Franz

Theft Proof Car

Continuing with my Mexico travel sketch book…

Saw these two patiently waiting in front of a bar on a night out in Roma in Mexico City. What better car theft protection than that?

2009 CDMX_Dog car alarm_Melanie Franz

Caravaggio in Mexico City

I went to a Caravaggio exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Artes in Mexico City back in spring 2018.

I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed (maybe also my fault as I did not look at the information properly), but they only had one painting by Caravaggio. The rest of the exhibit was about him in form of a multimedia show and artworks by other artists that got inspired by him.

Nevertheless, I learned a lot about his style and especially his use of light and shadow. The museum in general was definitely worth a visit, as it is in a stunning building. Especially the permanent exhibition was great. That´s where I spotted the little horses from yesterday.

Below my impression of the only painting by Caravaggio at the exhibition.