Martin Singer's Illustrated FML
But first, let’s get to know this week’s artist. It’s not every week that we can say that our guest is 42, lives in Calais and is a teacher called Martin Singer. But we can this week. Yes, Martin is a teacher. “I teach in my town’s art school, and have done since September 2000. I get to work with kids and adults of all ages, over various subjects.”
What is that you enjoy in what you do, and what do you miss? “I like teaching because I have to come up with new subjects, and this great unknown component is very motivating. As for my own personal work, I’ve done loads of different things: painting for about ten years, then movie drawing work for 8 years and lately cartoons with the “Bigger Than Life” blog that I created to advertise my albums, after noticing at a festival that people with blogs were more popular than people who didn’t have one. I try to post a drawing a day. What I miss is having talent, I have none! So I’ve had to work twice as hard to learn how to draw…”
The effort has paid off because today’s guest has a real nice way with a pencil, and can also boast a great sense of humour. At the moment, things are definitely moving in the right direction, a second book of his cartoon series “Fox, no fixed abode” will be released in September and “Be stupid and shut up” will be released at the start of 2013.
Mister Singer went to art school for five years before embarking upon a series of little jobs, then settling on the only job he didn’t really want to do: teaching. “What’s good about this job is that it gives me time to cook. Erm, no… to draw I mean.” Between cookery and drawing, are there projects linking the two? “Yes, a story that I started at the beginning of the year: ‘Whipped cream’ (provisional title), an SM thing which takes place in an aristocratic setting with masters, slaves and whips.”
Well, that’s the serious stuff done with, on with the rest.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs are needy, they lick you, bark, sometimes bite you, you have to take them outside, wash them, nothing but trouble. So I definitely prefer cats… they’re needy, they lick you, they meow, they sometimes bite you, you have to take them outside, wash them, nothing but trouble. So I definitely prefer women! Then again… they’re needy, they lick you, they meow, they sometimes bite you, you have to take them outside, wash them, nothing but trouble.
What are the latest things you liked in movies, music and cartoons?
“The Artist” made me want to create a book in the same style: a completely silent cartoon. I really enjoyed “Traboule”, a cartoon by Pochep. The last book I read and enjoyed was “Un jour sans” by Remy Benjamin and Pero, a story about a Lord in the middle ages who goes on a crusade, a really good cartoon. As for standard books, I really enjoyed the optimism of “Nausea” by Jean Paul Sartre. The latest Bill Haley record blew my socks off and the Beatles, they’re groovy maaaan.
What do you enjoy in life, your passions, your pastimes, your vices, your little day-to-day pleasures.
I like to cook pasta in the microwave. Opening the door for the cat every 5 minutes. Only read the headlines in the newspapers. Lighting a match. Hanging ties on the wall. Playing soccer with Schopenhauer. And finally, drinking a glass of rum and smoking a cigarette while a nostalgic tune plays in the background.
Tell us a joke. Or if not a joke, tell us your own personal FML.
Today, I went to an ATM. I was so inside my own head that I forgot to pick up the cash and just carried on my merry way. FML
Do you have a phobia? If so, what it is?
A phobia? I have loads! I hate reading a book upside down. Travelling is torture, if I had to be reincarnated, I’d be a tree.
To finish off, ask yourself a question you would like to have been asked and then answer it.
Do you have a phobia? If so, what it is? A phobia? I have loads! I hate reading a book upside down. Travelling is torture, if I had to be reincarnated, I’d be a tree.
There you go, another successful interview done. It will also be so for this week’s videos. Using a bicycle can be dangerous, especially in Africa. When you have two Labradors and one of them is deaf, who do you call them? You get the other Labrador to go and get him. Isn’t that cute? 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/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with her, and she will tell you what you have to do!