Polinko's Illustrated FML
Never mind. I'll tell you about the artist of the week instead. He's 21, comes from Annemasse, "the capitol of the world", and is called Paul Lannes AKA Polinko.
What does he do? "I get up in the morning, I eat cornflakes, I go to school, then I spend the day drawing on bits of paper and sometimes, I'll converse with people and think about serious stuff like: "Hasn't that man got a long arm?", "Should I have hanged that bit of paper a bit higher?" or "Who is more badass, Sangoku or Marcel Duchamp?", all the while placing clever words like "post-modernism" or "vernacular", it makes me look smart. And at the weekend, I guard things in a museum to pay for my cornflakes."
Paul explains that what's cool about drawing is that for him it's the best way, for him, to open up holes in reality and get bits of wood to talk to strange little men, amongst mystical mountains. "Because, reality, when you have to fill out paperwork to pay electricity bills, is often very boring. And what I'm missing are ripped muscles, superpowers and manga hero's charisma. I'd like to be able to talk in punch lines as well. That must be classy."
His latest new? "I get up in the morning, I eat cornflakes, I… Oh, already said all that. Erm, well, I'm on FML."
Paul's road isn't over, but he explains how he got here: "For me, life started at primary school, the time and place I became the coolest guy in the world. I lived in a tiny village in the mountains where cultural activities were pretty slow. And then I became the first to discover, and introduce the playground to Pokémon and Harry Potter. No need to tell you the social standing that sort of thing brings. After that, middle school, adolescence, mangas (a lot less classy in society at that time of life of course), high school, art school prep, then HEAD in Geneva, visual arts section. And now I'm preparing to attempt some other school entry exams to further myself. Wish me luck or I'll beat you up."
If I was you, I'd wish him luck in the comments; it's best not to annoy our Polinko. Any projects? "Make the most of life and sleep, sometimes. Ah, and have a Pokédex full of Red Pokémon as well (there are things that never go away)."
We can imagine. Right, next bit.
Cats or dogs?
A dog is an idiots, so it's cool. A cat is a proud creature so it's cool too. I need a hybrid.
What are the latest things you liked in movies, music, books and comics?
The last movie I saw was Django Unchained, so no need to go on about this masterpiece. The soundtrack is great, too, but I've been listening a lot to Devendra Banhart's new album, Mala and Temperamental by Don Cavalli. I've enjoyed reading the interviews with Joann Sfar by Thierry Groensteen. The last comic to make me tremble due to narrative success and imagery (which happens a lot) must've been Diary of a Ghost by Nicolas de Crécy.
Who are the main artists you like and whose blogs you check out?
In no particular order: Niv Bavarsky, Nylso, Helkarava, Yoann Sacré, Diego Ybarra, Zéphir, Tarmasz, Corpus Caca, Julien Dinkel, Hugo Ruyant, Manu Larcenet, Mégaboy, Adrien Fricheteau, Thomas Rouzière, Mayumi Otero, Renart, Sacré Walt, and Nicolas André.
All good people!
Tell us what you like in life, your passions, pastimes, vices and everyday pleasures.
The thing that gives me the most pleasure, the most emotions, that keeps me warm during the winter nights and the keeps me cool when summer is dry is in one word: drawing.
Hahaha! No, I'm joking, if I'm drawing now, it's only because my parents forced me, with a whip, at a very young age so I'd have something to bring the bacon home with. It was either that or opera singing; the choice was made pretty quickly.
Tell us a bad joke. Possible joke: if you don't have a joke, tell us your biggest FML.
I'm going to tell you a little number that was told to me by a master, a which sets fire to every gathering I'm invited to: "Did you hear about the guy whose head was so big, he wore two hats!" Admit it, you're laughing!
To finish up, ask yourself a question that you would've liked to have been asked, and then answer it if you want.
The scene happens before my eyes with the realism of an HD TV: a charming young lady opens the conversation and asks me: "Paul, you being so intelligent, do you know what cuniculture is? It's been keeping me up at nights just thinking about it!" And me, sampling replying: "You know, sweet flower (I'm a romantic) my culture is overflowing with knowledge and I'll know move you into the light, away from the darkness of ignorance by telling you that cuniculture is… rabbit breeding!"
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!