I've already started plenty of articles with "hello", "good morning" and "hi everybody" so I'm running out of opening salutations. What do cool people say when they see each other? In other words, how do British people salute themselves? Let's find out thanks to today's artist. She's young, she's from London and she likes FML. As you can figure out, she's got a lot going for her. Let's not wait a minute more, especially since I have like a ton of jokes that require a British accent, but I'm having a hard time translating it into this article, so let's get to the interview!
-What's your name?
-On my blog I don't really have a name, I wanted to stay more of an everyman. I'm sure if you could be bothered to do any digging at all you would be able to find out in about 10 seconds though. It's not that I have an embarrassing name like Bunglefarck on something, I just hoped I could relate to more people by being nameless.
-How old are you?
-I am 16 and will be 17 in January - which is why my drawing style isn't very polished.
-Where do you live?
-I live in London but go to the countryside a lot as well.
-What's your job?
-I'm in sixth form at the moment where I spend most of my life doing maths (which is always thrilling), hopefully I'll go to uni or art school when I leave, I haven't decided which yet (but hey if you follow my blog you'll know when I do!).
-What's your journey?
-I have always loved drawing and never thought of putting it into a blog until recently. I read about a girl a little older than me who has a make up blog (http://makemeupkia.blogspot.co.uk/) which she illustrates for, I was so excited to see it but quickly realised it wasn't as illustration based as I thought it would be (although she does have some really lovely pictures and it's a great blog). I started looking for other illustration blogs after that and then eventually realised I could try one myself. I am not very good yet, but I'm hoping I will improve with practice.
-What are your inspirations?
-There are loads of illustrators whose work I love, but I think my all time favourite is Sempé. He just seems to capture every persons character so perfectly with his drawings. Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole series inspires me when writing for my blog, as does Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series.
-Tell us more about your blog!
-My blog is about being a slightly awkward teenager living in the 21st century. I make a fool of myself quite a lot, which although can be embarrassing for me, is entertaining for many others. I found a lot of other teenage blogs/TV shows to be really moany and annoying - I don't want to write and draw about Tommy liking Susie and not me which means I probably won't get asked to the winter dance... etc (For the record, there is no Tommy.) Or draw pictures of something dying with a stupid quote to go with it to try and express my harsh feelings. I try and write about how being: hormonal, in public, and kind of a lemon-head sometimes, is a bad combination when you're trying to act cooler than you actually are.
-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I have a lot of younger relations and babysit a bit so I have a good idea of what it is like putting little kids to bed, and multiplying that by three and it all going wrong I thought was hilarious.
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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!