No, hush, don't cry, the traditional illustrated FML is back. We didn't forget you last week, there's just been a little accident - but don't worry, Alan's foot is almost fixed now. Today, we're traveling again, this time to the great white north. It's Finland actually, but there's snow, it's cold and there's a lot of lakes so it's a bit like Canada. Now, please enjoy Benjamin's interview, this guy is awesome.
-What's your name?
-I'm Benjamin Forsell. A friend of mine coined the nickname 'Pene' that I adopted as a screen name long ago.
I later ditched it for obvious reasons.
-How old are you?
-I'm 19 years old.
-Where do you live?
-In Ostrobothnia, Finland.
-What's your job?
-I currently don't have a steady job, I work as an intern at various places and sometimes do some freelance work.
-What's your journey?
-My story is the cliché of the little boy who always loved to draw, at least since the age of five. That passion gradually grew and by the time I got out of primary school, I felt like I wanted to make it into something more. In June 2012 I graduated from my vocational studies in art with alright grades and a scholarship. I plan to continue my studies in the arts on a higher level next fall, as I have yet a lot to learn.
-What are your inspirations?
-I find inspiration from many things, my surroundings, my experiences, the arts, music, movies, comics, you name it. Anything that makes me feel just something is a good source of inspiration. Now excuse me while I adjust my beret and trim my moustache.
-Do you read webcomics?
-Oh yeah, 'Akimbo Comics', 'Cyanide and happiness', 'Plastic Brick Automation', 'The Perry Bible Fellowship', 'Space Avalanche', only to name a few. Aand, people who know me know what's coming next. I could go on and on forever about how much I love the webcomic that is 'Subnormality'. Famous for it's huge walls of text, fresh art style and often deep content, it sets itself apart from any other webcomic I've read. The thing about webcomics is that most of them update once a week, you wait eagerly to read another strip from your favourite webcomic and when it finally happens thenhahaohitsalreadyoverohwelljushavetowaitanotherweek. Subnormality actually updates less frequently, but when it does, it's well worth the wait as you usually get pampered with a good 15 minutes of good reading and eye candy. The average webcomic strip is a quick laugh. Subnormality is an experience.
-What about your art?
-All I have is an online portfolio to showcase my work. Not really much of a website.
-Which techniques do you use?
-These days I mainly utilize Photoshop and my Trust tablet, I love the convenience and endless possibilities that the digital medium has to offer. Still, I'm only scratching the surface though as I have many things lot to learn and master.
-Why did you choose this FML story?
I just saw great potential for comedy in terms of story, flow and most importantly, quirky expressions. It was a story that I could visualize immediately.
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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!