Guys! The week is almost over. TGIS right? Well, don't worry, you don't have to wait anymore, you can fully enjoy two days of slacking off. And, of course, you can discover a brand new illustration that an artist has made especially for you. Today we're travelling to Scotland to meet a lovely artist that impressed me by her ability to colour her sketches. There's something about these colours that took my breath away, and once I got it back, I was able to do this interview properly:
-Hello! First of all dear artist, what's your name?
-Hello! My name is Samantha Ross, though I'm more commonly known as Sami. Online you can find me under the name Samisey.
-Why did you choose this nickname? -Silly story with that one... Way back when my friends and I decided to pair our names up with Pokemon names, I got paired with "Chansey" since I like pink (so Sami + Chansey = Samisey), and it just kinda stuck really!
-How old are you?
-I'm 23 years old, but oh boy I don't feel it!
-Where do you live?
-I live in Scotland, originally from a really, really dinky wee town in north called Thurso, but I'm a city girl now (country bumpkin at heart though).
-What's your job?
-I'm not currently employed unfortunately, I'm going to blame that on my very, very recent graduate status. I do however do freelance work, mostly on personal commissions for folks which I always find enjoyable! I can only hope a job in the animation field swings past my way soon!
-What's your journey?
-Oh gosh, who knows! I've always loved to draw and create stories and characters so I knew this was always "my true calling". I've done college, done uni and gotten an honours degree... So what's next? I don't really like to set future plans into stone but the current plan of action is get my webcomic started up very soon and a job would be pretty swell. I'm a pretty simple girl! All I want in life is to be able to do what I love with the people I love, and to live quite comfortably.
-What are your inspirations?
-When Iwas growing up I watched a lot of '90s anime which has always stuck with me, big eyes, goofy hair and bright colours are always good with me! '90s cartoons are also a huge inspiration - things like Hey Arnold!, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Lab and so on are shows I still love even today, they have such great distinguishable styles and characters that I'm currently trying to push more into my own work. To name one artist that I take heavy inspiration from would be Rose Besch (or more known as Bara-Chan), I first discovered her work in 2004 and almost 10 years later I'm still as in love and as inspired with her work as ever.
-Do you read webcomics ? If so, which ones ?
-I'm only just starting to get back into the webcomic scene, right now I'm currently enjoying Awkward Zombie, Oh Joy Sex Toy, and The Summer of Blake Sinclair.
-Tell us more about your blog.
-I... I don't have a website quite yet!! (It's in the planning stages though, promise!) So, for now, I only have a blog.
-How do you work?
-Most of the time I like to plan my artwork/comics out, there's a rough stage, not-so-rough stage, sketch stage... and final stage of my artwork! If I can help it I like to do the sketches out on paper and then scan them into the computer if it's a digital piece. I'm very fond of Manga Studio these days, so most of my work is done in this program and any little tweaks are done in Photoshop. With traditional works I'll do a rough sketch on some cheap paper, use my lightbox to transfer it onto some bristol board and then go to town with my fineliners and copic/prismacolor markers.
-Why did you choose this FML story? -It was one of the funniest FMLs I've read! It was also one that I kind of instantly had some kind of idea for, so it seemed only right to go for it!
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!
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