"Today, I walked to the shower of my college dormitory. All the stalls were occupied except for one; I opened it and found out why. One of the girls decided to leave us a "present" in there. FML"
- Why did you choose this FML?
-I picked this story 'cos it happened to me. Yep, it's a crazy world.
And that's how this special illustrated FML started. And now here is the artist's interview!
-First of all, who are you ?
-How old are you and where do you live??
-Just turned 19! Currently, I'm in Taiwan. Who knows where I'll be next :P
-What can you tell us about you ?
-Despite being a native of Taiwan, I've spent much of my life overseas, studying in the US and also in Thailand. I've attended 7 schools in my lifetime, which I think is a fair amount considering I'm in my first year of college, but I don't plan to settle down anytime soon. I'm studying foreign language at the moment, and for anyone who's wondering why I'm not in art, well...I don't really know either. Just waiting for the right moment I guess. I've gotten this far in my artistic development with only a bit of high school instruction, so I'll see how much further I can go before I plateau and need to go back and build up from the basics again.
As for my hobby, I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil. While none of my earlier drawings were particularly impressive, I drew constantly--oblivious to all flaws and errors--simply because I loved to. It was only recently that I had really considered becoming an artist by profession, and thankfully I've had some luck finding freelance work!
- So freelance work pays your bills and Reese's?
-I'm still happily leeching off my parents' salaries (I'm a student) but I've been dabbling in some freelance art-related work yes, which has earned me a steady allowance.
-Why do you like drawing this much?
-I enjoy drawing pretty things for satisfaction. Unfortunately that's not what I always get to draw when it comes to work, but you can't always pick and choose! I'm always learning regardless of what it is I'm drawing though, and that's cool. Work for me so far has kind of been like a paid internship. As for my own stuff, I like to create characters and their stories (other way around is good too) because all artists are creators, right? And what's better than telling a story? I love manga and comics and I'm starting to learn how to draw comics, and I'm determined to improve.
-Are there any big projects you can tell us about?
-Commercial projects: An illustrated storybook of mine was recently published in France, entitled Princesse Pivoine (Princess peony)--great to finally see the fruits of my labor. More recently projects include a comic for an anthology and artwork for iphone applications, both of which are as of yet unreleased. Personal projects: I'm kicking around several comics in my head that I really have to start--sometimes they feel like they're gonna overflow! So yeah, look out for my webcomics.
-What about your website?
-I created my website (which includes my blog) last year in August, because I had some extra time on my hands and wanted an online portfolio to showcase my works (something that wasn't as social networky as dA). My blog is currently just for sharing my random thoughts, but I'll have to find some time to reorganize it and make better use of it. As for my dA account, I created it back in early 2008, and I have it to thank for changing my life, pretty much.
-To be honest, I can't say there are many things I'm passionate about except art. I used to be really outgoing and lively, now my brain's just...full of cr--I mean art. Seriously though, I like a lot of the little things, like hanging out, being able to wake up early, playing soccer, watching sunsets, but it's hard to even find time to do those things nowadays with drawing taking up all my spare time. I also like to read blogs, collect artbooks (where most of my money is spent), and shop for shoes.
We love your illustration Ein, thank you for your contribution !
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to [email protected] 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 is in vacation, hooray, , who will tell you what you have to do!