Maria Surducan's Illustrated FML
Hello everyone! When you’ve finished mucking about with the dog or pulling pranks, we can start the best part of the week: the weekend. And to start it off, a new illustrated FML that you need to look at to get some IQ points back from when you talked to that annoying guy at work on Tuesday.
This week’s guest comes from Cluj-Napoca, in Romania, and is called Maria Surducan. “I do illustrations with one hand, graphic design with the other, comics with the other and in the last hand I hold a coffee cup. The advantage is that this way you can draw yourself the perfect life. I enjoy the moment of hesitation before pen touches paper the most, the moment when the hunter glimpses the shadow of an idea running on the surface of the mind.” That’s kind of beautiful what she’s saying. Far-out, man.
In 2010 our guest got a diploma in graphics at Cluj Art and Design University, and has been working independently since 2006. She’s currently working on adapting a Romanian tale: Prâslea the Brave and the Golden Apples. She got the money to do so via several websites that now fund stuff, and the book should be out in October. It’ll first be released in Romanian but Maria intends on getting it translated. You can get more information in English and Romanian by clicking here. Maria’s other project is an illustrated novella called The Midnight Fair, which will be published in autumn.
Cats or Dogs?
It doesn’t matter, as long as they don’t live with me.
What are the latest things you enjoyed at the movies, music, books and comics?
Film: Paprika by Satoshi Kon. Music: Amanda Palmer. Book: The Go-betweener by L. P. Hartley. Comic: Luke Pearson - Hilda and the midnight Giant.
Who are the artists you like and whose blogs you check out all the time?
Noelle Stevenson, AKA Gingerhaze has an amazing webcomic: Nimona. Go and have a look. Eleanor Davis is a fantastic illustrator. And Shaun Tan.
Tell us what you like in life, your passions, your pastimes, your vices, your everyday pleasures.
I won't! I'm saving it all up for when I write my bestselling novel! Seriously though, the most interesting things about me are in my drawings, the rest is just small talk.
Tell us a crap joke. Possible joke: if you don’t have a joke, we want to know your biggest FML.
A man had a horse. The horse couldn't care less.
Do you have a phobia?
Not as far as I know.
To finish off, ask yourself a question and choose to answer it or not.
I’m not really a big fan of talking to myself.
Let’s go back to our everyday business after two videos. Star Wars is pretty cool. Cats are cool. Putting both of them together is REALLY COOL. Meanwhile, there are days when everything is shit and things seem to conspire against us. Here’s an example. See you next week!
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DeviantArt. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!