/?kær.?.k?.t???r /US pronunciation symbol/?ker.?.k?.t??r/ n [C or U] (the art of making) a drawing or written or spoken description of someone, which makes part of their appearance or character more noticeable than it really is, and which usually makes them look silly".
And boy, that poor girl must have looked silly with all those pimples, but at least, for someone doing math studies, it probably helps to look like a calculator. To talk about those serious issues, acne AND caricature, we receive today an artist specialized in pure gorgeous art, and when she deals with acne, the result is pretty funny. Ladies, gentleman, teenagers, please welcome Lois van Baarle!
Lois is 24 and she's our first artist from The Netherlands, Utrecht to be more precise. She is a freelance illustrator and animator, (anybody HIRE HER!). She enjoys having a lot of freedom and time to do her own thing as many many of us. But she gets paid for it most of the time. Being a freelance illustrator means you don't have to go to an office every day and work for a boss you hate and eat at the cafeteria your whole life, which she likes being able to avoid. She is also lucky enough to have job opportunities coming her way most of the time and it's understandable when you take a look at her amazing talent.
She has drawn her whole life and after high school decided to study animation in Holland. She did this for four years and now she's basically drawing all the time. We guess it's the story of any motivated commercial artist and we recommend you: guys, wanna be the greatest artist of all time? Draw as much as you can, with any kind of paper/pen you have, one day, you'll realize that you went from 0 to 10. You'll thank us later.
At the moment Lois is doing some small-scale work for games and illustrations, as well as making her own animated short trilogy, Trichrome, of which she has already finished the first one, and you can check it out here . Her personal website has been around since 2002, when her little sister taught her the joys of basic html. Ever since then she has been expanding her web presence in all kind of way: she has a sketchblog , personal blog , a whole bunch of networking site accounts (myspace and such), as well as deviantart to which she is totally addicted. She also created her personal website to make cool layouts, something she is quite hooked on doing.
Lois likes drawing, but also being absurdly lazy. There is nothing better than sleeping in to a heinously late hour on a Saturday, having a huge breakfast/lunch kind of thing in bed, and walking around in pyjamas for the rest of the day. Besides this extremely guilty pleasure, she also likes to travel in Europe and Africa, watch movies and ride her bicycle (Holland power) like a true dutchie.
"-Last question, but not the least, Lois, why did you choose this FML?
-For two reasons: I had acne as a young teenager, so I could feel this person's pain; also, it had to do with art, caricature drawing, which seemed to fit with what I do. I was approached to illustrate something and loved the idea of FML. There's nothing like a bit of bitter humor to brighten your day."
Actually there's also chocolate. Let's read FML stories about chocolate. Thank you for your participation Lois!
Lois' website is waiting for you: http://loish.net/
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, who told her English teacher to take a look at this article (HELLO MARGARET) who will tell you what you have to do!