Inktober Day 1 – Crystal

Inktober is here again!

I think ink is still my favourite medium to draw with. I haven’t picked any particular topic to draw this year but I will just follow the official Inktober prompt list and see what comes out of it. I think I will experiment creating different characters.

Let this owl look into her crystal ball to tell you what happens next.

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?

Adventures of the Little Fly VIII

Continuation of introducing the Adventures of the Little Fly.

The tree of the little fly is illuminated by winter lights.

Tree Winter lights Iceland_Melanie Franz

Adventures of the Little Fly VII

Continuation of introducing the Adventures of the Little Fly.

I very much enjoyed drawing this snow covered garden scene.

During the beginning of the long winter nights here in Iceland, many people cover their trees with winter lights. It makes the dark nights appear more bright.

We had the first snowflakes flying around here yesterday. Way too early if you ask me.

Adventures of the Little Fly VI

Continuation of introducing the Adventures of the Little Fly.

When the little fly woke up again and looked out of her hole in her tree, the garden looked weird. A white blanket was covering everything.

What had happened?

The mountains around Reykjavik are all covered in snow this morning. Winter has certainly arrived.

Fly in tree_Melanie Franz
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Adventures of the Little Fly V

A continuation of introducing the latest children’s book I finished illustrating.

The little fly decided to fly back to her hole in the tree and sleep as she was super tired. There she slept and slept.

FYI the sleeping positions of the little fly have been inspired by my dog…

Adventures of the Little Fly IV

Continuation of introducing the Adventures of the Little Fly.

Something was different in the garden of the little fly. The flowers seemed to let their heads hang and also the bees flew slower than usual.

Fly garden autumn bees_Melanie Franz

Adventures of the Little Fly III

Part III of the little fly story introduction.

One morning when the little fly woke up in her hole in her tree, she noticed that something was different in the garden…

Fly in her tree_Melanie Franz

Adventures of the Little Fly II

Welcome to the little fly week, where I introduce the Adventures of the Little Fly. The book is available in Icelandic here.

The little fly lives in a hole in a tree in a big garden.

little fly_Melanie Franz
Fly Tree_Melanie Franz

Adventures of the Little Fly

I thought it is about time to introduce the second children’s book that I have been illustrating. It is now available on Amazon.

Unfortunately the story is only available in Icelandic, and I don’t think there are that many Icelandic readers here. But maybe there are aspiring Icelandic learners. It is certainly suitable for them as it is intended for children 6 years and older.

The first book I ever illustrated was the story of Nobbi and his pug Kobbi, written by my friend Norbert, which you can find here.

The Adventures of the Little Fly is written also by an Icelandic author, Rúna Vala, and tells the story of a little fly who lives in a tree in a garden. Puzzled by the changing seasons and the change the garden goes through the little fly sets our on unexpected adventures.

The fly has no name as it is just a fly, not a very small one, but not a very big one either. Just about average.

Little Fly_Melanie Franz

Rainy Day

I have been drawing a lot and because of that completely neglected all of my social media. I really need to find a balance.

I am currently in the process of creating a proper portfolio for children’s book illustrations, and I have been working on a few new drawings and techniques with watercolour, ink and pencils.

I am also in the process to finish my first own book, with the main character being the one and only, Mr Fox! More about that soon.

Meanwhile Mr Fox assists Mr Mouse to dig a hole in the forest… He hopes to find a hidden treasure somewhere.

I am also looking for first names for Mr Fox and Mr Mouse. Any suggestions are more than welcome!

Have a great week!

Fox and Mouse Umbrella Forest_Melanie Franz

Owl Orchestra Part II

Still exploring the idea of a musical owl a bit more. This time she is hitting the drums. Used a new nib to draw this and I am finally happy with my purchase. No scratched paper this time.

Are you playing an instrument? What instrument should the owl play tomorrow?

Don’t mess with me

I discovered shoebills a couple of months ago and have been sketching them on and off. I do quite like their slightly mean facial expression.

Sketch in ink and watercolor.

2108 Shoe bill_Melanie Franz
2108 Shoe bill_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?

Follow Your Own Advise

Another week over…

When you think you know what is best but then you have problems to follow your own smartass advice…

Good to have a reminder.

You can also find this little guy in my Society 6 shop.

Honey Badger don’t care about Lemons

Be like honey badger!

If you fancy getting your own supportive honey badger, check out my Society 6 shop.

I’ll be adding more honey badgers at the end of the week to the collection.