Welcome everybody! Please take a seat, make yourself at home and enjoy today's comic. Bénédicte, our artist of the day, fell in love with this story, and created this wonderful illustration before you even knew it. Now, let's get to the interview to get a chance to know her (and believe me, she's one hell of a gal).
-What are your name, surname and nickame? -My name is Bénédicte Moret. My nickname is Bloutouf. It's a french pun, it almost sounds like "bluetooth" and at the same time, it means "blue tuft". And no, my hair isn't blue.
-How old are you? -I'm 29 years old. I'm lucky, I'm still in the age bracket where I can answer this question without blushing - or lying.
-It's a good thing we're welcoming you this year. Where do you live? -I live in France, near the ocean, and near Spain.
-What's your job? -I'm an illustrator, graphic designer and webdesigner. I've got a preference for illustration, of course.
-What's your journey? -I did an animation school in Lyon, France, but I didn't like animations (except when it comes to watching them). So I simply started to learn to illustrate. Then I did a web programming school, but once again, I didn't like it, it was so boring! So I simply started to learn webdesign. In short, I ended up doing what I really like.
-So what are your next projects, that you're planning to drop? -Good question! About all my personal projects, there's a website, a book I'm doing with the love of my life, and a game about pathetic french behavior. Otherwise, when it comes to professional projects, I always finish them in advance. (Don't bother trying to understand, there's no logic.) But the BIG project, the next one to come is a comic about a chicken.
-How do you work? -I'm mainly using Photoshop. Sometimes Indesign and Illustrator, but I don't like those two. Before, I only worked with paper, pencils, and stuff like that, but then I started to work with a computer and I bought myself a huge graphics tablet with a screen included and it started to become magical! Oh happy day! On the other hand, I'm always trying to "ctrl+Z" in real life, but it doesn't work.
-Do you have a "connection" with your fans? Are they a source of inspiration for you? -I've got a Facebook fan page, but it's not very active. I've got so many things to do, I don't have time to take care of it! But when I feel that the readers love my creations, it gives me the energy to do more. I especially love it when I make them laugh. Anyway, if, among you FML readers, there are new fans, let me know! I love you already!
-Last question now! Why did you choose this FML story ? -I imagined 1000 ways to destroy this door (and I'm still wondering how they really did it). I really enjoyed doing this illustration, so thank you for having me today on 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/DeviantArt. 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!
I am always trying to do computer functions IRL as well. Pressing on a word in h book waiting for a definition to come up or ctrl + F to search for something. I wonder of old people lick their fingers and touch the iPad screen when trying to turn pages when first starting out with new technology?