Hello everyone! We’re back for the latest installment in the continuing saga of the illustrated FMLs. This week, we’re totally relaxed. We’re chilling, we’re grooving, and we like to think of ourselves as totally open-minded. But wait a second; aren’t all babies supposed to be cute? What’s up with this little guy?
Let’s get started. She’s 29, lives in Paris; she’s an author-illustrator and goes by the name Catherine Guillot. She also has two websites: Chickens and Peas and Trash Cancan.
When asked what she likes, her reply is very poetic and straightforward: “Leaving my house with a bunch of crayons, telling myself that I’m off to work.” If that’s not enough to tell you that she really enjoys what she does, all you have to do is ask her what’s missing from her life. “Let’s see… no management, I set my own timetable, I’m working on stuff that I love, I have a workshop in the middle of Paris that I share with some really nice people, coffee on tap, cold beer down the street… I would probably be called rude names if I said that something was missing.” Seems clear enough to us.
He latest news involves two books that are in production, but she can’t talk about them unfortunately. She’s working on projects that will keep her busy night and day as of September, including games, cartoons, books, etc.
“To get to where I am, school took up a lot of time, because I had to find my way. I did an applied arts diploma, then several others in sculpture, design and environments, a Masters degree in interactive multimedia to wind up as an illustrator! Go try to find a link in amongst all that… Work-wise the journey was a lot quicker. I worked for a web agency as a graphic designer. One day I was asked to take care of a blog for some clients, and after understanding the ins and outs, I went on to live my life as a solo blogger.”
And Caroline is good at it! She’s deserved the right to answer the second part of the famous FML interview.
Cats or dogs?
Cats, definitely… I’m even planning to open a purr-therapy bar in a next life.
What’s the latest things that grabbed your attention at the movies, in music, books and comics?
Nothing much in movies, but I have great hopes for Rebel. As for the rest I love Les Tistics, Joseph Campbell is teaching me to screenwrite and Florent Chavouet knocks me out with his albums created with crayons.
Who are the main artists you appreciate and whose blogs you visit regularly?
Trying to be original, I’ll say Boulet and Bastien Vivès. There’s also Guillaume Long.
What do you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, and vices, your everyday pleasures?
Everything, I like everything. I think I can get pleasure by taking a cruise amongst the albino seals of Patagonia in the middle of winter, or by being given a book about Dodo taxidermy written in Latin.
Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
Everything, I’m afraid of everything. It’s so bad that I’m not allowed to see certain movies that could be too frightening and could give me nightmares. And I’m talking really scary movies like Harry Potter, The Little Mermaid or even Batman.
To finish off, ask yourself a question you would’ve liked to have been asked, and then up to you whether to answer it or not.
What are you doing for your holidays? I’d rather not reply, I’d get depressed.
To see this week’s illustrated FML, click here.
Not too bad for this week. Right, time for some videos and then we’ll be off, we reckon you’ve got some things to be doing, like putting away your summer stuff. Or winter stuff if you’re in the southern hemisphere. Yes, FML is global. We love you all, all over. Yes, erm, so, videos: Have you ever seen a crying baby be pacified by rap music? Now you have. Meanwhile, Katy Perry is playing the flute. Or is she? 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 me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!