Ah, fantastic, you're here! We hope you had a great 3D week. For 4 years now, we've been welcoming artists, illustrators, comic book writers, practically all workers of the 2D world. But today we're welcoming someone special. Alex McArdell offers us a brand new kind of illustration here on FML. Check out his amazing comic and get a chance to know him by reading this interview!
-What are your name, surname and nickname? Why did you choose this nickname?
-Alex McArdell. My nickname at university was Lex. Mostly because my name is Alex, but also because I'm kind of a Supervillain.
-How old are you?
-Where do you live?
-I live in Shrewsbury, a cute little market town in the UK
-What's your job?
-I'm trying to be a professional illustrator, but I've not been at it for long. I work various admin jobs in the meantime.
-What's your journey?
-My journey? There and back again I guess. I feel like I've been seeking my fortune like some Dickensian character for the last few years and have lived all over the UK. I come from the south of England, then moved to North Wales, then Scotland and now England again. I'm not sure where I'll end up settling.
-What are your inspirations?
-I'm inspired by so many things. Various comic artists like Simon Bisley, Jim Lee and David Mack, to name a few. I also love Art Nouveau and am trying to work it into my own style. I take a lot of inspiration from fairy tales, religious fables, spirituality, as well as film and TV. I am a total nerd for sci-fi, fantasy and cartoons.
-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-I regularly tune in to Questionable Content. I like watching how the art has developed over the years it's been running. I also love Cyanide and Happiness. That comic is pure genius. It's all stick figures, but the humour is fantastic.
-Tell us more about your presence on the web?
-I set up my site and blog after realising that the only way to be happy in life is to chase after your dreams, even if they're hard to achieve. So I left a steady job in a huge bank and started seriously working at being an artist. I'm still only getting started but I've got a lot of big plans for the future. I want to do graphic novels, children's illustration and of course the Holy Grail of Illustration, book covers.
-How do you work?
-I work in a blend of 3D and 2D programs on a Wacom tablet. I've spent a long time studying Zbrush the modelling program and I'm only just starting to understand how powerful it is. I spend time creating a good model, then manipulate it, colour it and light it. I'll then flatten the image and move over to photoshop where I'll paint over the image and do all the finishing touches. I keep thinking I'll pick up a real paintbrush again someday...
-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I'd recently done a Pokemon related image for my own amusement and I enjoyed the lightning effect. I always enjoy the chance to paint something with really extreme light, so I wanted to try it again, with a human character.
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 thoroughly enjoyed the style of this illustration. I did a bit of a double take with the first panel though. The shadow of the hair on the girl's face looked red, so at first glance, and with that shocked look on her face, I though her scalp was bleeding.
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