Ah, my dear friends, what a pleasure it is to meet up with you again. This week was nothing more but more of the same good old routine. I had some great times on webcomics, I laughed, though not often, I had the WTF reaction, and pretty often, and I got amazed by some amazing artists. And it's one of them that we're welcoming today. She may have a weird nickname, but her art is heartwarming. Let's start the interview to get the chance to know her.
-What are your name?
-I'm Yllya, I've used this nickname for so long that everybody thinks that it's my real name.
-What a curious nickname.
-I'm a little ashamed about it, but since it's not a secret, this is the story: I like fairy tales a lot. In French, fairy tales often begin with the words "Il y a". When I had to find a nickname, I just turned those words into "Yllya".
-How old are you?
-I will be 30 in 2 months, but people think I'm 10 years younger.
-Where do you live?
-I live in France, near Paris. It's not as romantic as people say.
-What's your job?
-I'm a cartoonist. The 5 volumes of my comics Marie-lune have been published by the french publisher Vents d'ouest.
-What's your journey?
-I always wanted to become a character designer for video games, but after high school, I was too poor to afford art school. I was fond of manga, so I decided to study Japanese in order to became translator. But to be a translator, I needed a degree both in the language AND in translation. Once again, I was too poor to afford 2 schools. I decide to continue studying Japanese, and at the same time I started my comics blog and worked as freelance illustrator. Gradually, it's become a full time job. One day, I was asked to draw a comic, I said yes and now it's been my job for nearly 4 years. Today I hope I can fulfill my dream and work for video games in the future.
-What are your inspirations?
-Oh my god, there are a lot :) Video games mainly but also comics, mangas...
-Do you read webcomics?
-I used to read a lot of them, but at the moment I read less due to time constraints.
-Tell me more about your website?
-I have two websites, but only one is alive. It's called One Year Challenge and it's in English. I started it in 2011 because my boyfriend promised to buy me a giant jar of Nutella (5kg !!!) if I was able to post one drawing a day for a year. I won the jar on February 14th 2012. But I decided to continue for one more year (for nothing but glory this time!) Please come and support me!
-Why did you choose this FML story?
-Because it was totally disgusting! I'm a little bit of a hypochondriac, and I can't stand somebody touching my food. If i open a bag of crisps and someone put his hand in it, I can't finish it... What the character does in this FML could kill me, no joke T______T
-Thank you for taking part Yllya. (I can't get used to it, what a curious name!)
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML
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!