Sarah Andersen's illustrated FML
I've been told A$AP Rocky regularly reads this page. I'm not sure if this is true or if I just made it up 30 seconds ago, but I want to believe it's true. I heard it through the grapevine, and if even laid-back but hardcore rap artists are starting to check our the illustrated FMLs section, it means we must be doing something right. Or I did indeed make it up to try to impress people. Speaking about the things we do to impress, this week the illustration is all about what women have to go to to look good, to be accepted in today's society, the terrible influence of the patriarchy on… Oh sorry, wrong meeting. Anyway, let's get our hands dirty.
Sefl-portrait Sarah par Sarah
Sarah is Sarah Andersen. I've enjoyed her work for quite a while now, especially one cartoon which struck a chord within my soul. her style is immediately recognisable.
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
Blog: Sarah's Scribbles
Her illustrated FML: The one with the legs
So, yet again, we're lucky to have someone who is quite well known on the Internet. I just sent her an e-mail, because I was a fan, then another e-mail to reassure her that I wasn't an Internet stalker weirdo dude, and that I really did want her to appear on FML, and she relented. And did a great job. We also post on VDM, the french website, so I'm quite pleased to be able to translate her work into french.
So, who is she? "Right now, I'm earning my income through a mixture of balancing freelance projects, syndication contracts, and selling zines and postcards of my webcomic, Sarah's Scribbles. Everything is very hectic in my life right now. I just graduated, moved to Brooklyn, and am working on a ton of different things. I'm experiencing a limbo period where I'm getting settled and figuring everything out." That's interesting, I'm planning on coming to NYC soon to do some sight-seeing. I've never been, and a friend recommended that I find a place to stay in Brooklyn because she lived there and it's supposed to be amazing, so… Nah, only kidding.
What sort of diploma was it? "I just graduated a few months ago from an art school called the Maryland Institute College of Art, and so far being an artist has been challenging but exciting. I'm very lucky to have found work as a cartoonist/illustrator, even if it comes in the form of working on a ton of different things at once!" It seems quite fulfilling: "I love connecting with people by making them laugh. Cartooning is something that comes naturally to me and I enjoy doing it a lot. In the future, I want to create more editorial and lifestyle illustration work. I illustrate under a pen name (Sofia Christiansen) because the style is so different from my cartoons."
Has she always scribbled? What inspired her, and who does she currently like? "I always drew since childhood, but when I was in Middle School, I loved anime and manga and it made me really excited about drawing. That excitement stayed even as I got interested in other things. Anime still influences the way I draw facial expressions." What about artists-as-heroes? "As a cartoonist, I have to say Bill Watterson. A lot of people cite him, but he set a very high standard for cartoonists. Reading his comics as a child really taught me a lot about cartooning before I ever knew I wanted to makes comic. As an illustrator, Ernest Shepard, who made the original Winnie the Pooh drawings. I keep a book of his illustrations open almost every time I draw more serious pieces so I can learn from his style."
What's her thing? "I love podcasts. When I have a couple of hours to just draw and listen to podcasts, I'm in heaven. A good one is the new podcast Serial." What about music and stuff to pass the time? "My favorite singer is Lana Del Rey. Anyone who knows me knows that I've spent an embarrassing amount of time listening to her latest album Ultraviolence.
In terms of movies, books, TV, and comics, these are the last of each that I've seen/read; Gone Girl, Factotum by Charles Bukowski, The Office (late, I know), and Mutts by Patrick McDonnell." Hey, I'm currently reading "Hollywood" by Bukowski. Love that guy. And when I come to Brooklyn, where should I get something to eat? "If you're ever in Brooklyn, NY, go visit a place called Brooklyn Kolache. A lot of people don't know what Kolaches are, but once you have one, your life will be forever changed." Duly noted, but now I'm hungry for something that I don't even know.
How about a personal FML to finish off? "I actually submitted one a few years ago. My parents left me alone in the house over the weekend, and right before they came back a squirrel somehow got in and knocked over all the dishes!" Yep, that's an FML alright. I had a pigeon fly in and take a dump all over my sweaters in my cupboard once. I had to get it out with a broom and a lot of shouting at it. Halcyon days…
That's it for this weekend. We can all go back to our normal activities, like helping people in need, painting an old chair, dancing around your living room with your cat, calling your parents to tell them that you love them, smoke some catnip, go to a jazz concert and laugh at the fart noises and the people with the serious expressions on their faces scratching their beards. Anything is possible this weekend. Be excellent to each other, and have fun.
What about you? Think you've got talent and want to contribute to the illustrated FML? Send us an email to [email protected] but only send us your blog's address and a few samples of your work. No need to create an illustrated FML straight away.