We LOVE today's artist. And maybe if we weren't already in a relationship with Sue Sylvester (but shh, that's a secret), we would marry her right now in Las Vegas or Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, we're still undecided. She's young, pretty, etc. AND she's very talented, that's why when we contacted her, we were a bit stressed out that our teeth weren't white enough, or that our hair looked bad. Fortunately, she answered -we cried a little bit-, she said she was interested by doing an illustrated FML -we cried a little bit more-, and then she sent us her illustration -we laughed. And now here's her interview!
What's your name?
-Viet-My Bui (side note: it's pronounced "Viet-Mee Buoy")
-How old are you?
-Just turned 22!
-Where are you?
-What do you do for a living?
-I'm a full time student. I help out my parents at our family bakery, and I also tutor little kids. Other than that, I do freelance work in my spare time!
-Autobiography time: GO!
-Not much of a story. :P I've always loved art & design and I was drawing from a very early age. It wasn't until my last year of highschool that it really hit me that I wanted to do art for the rest of my life. Things didn't go down too well with my parents, though, who hold very traditional Asian values. So off I went to university. I'm in my fourth year of a double degree at the moment, Commerce/Law (Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws), at the University of Melbourne. I hate it. :P And every day I look forward to graduating so that I can finally pursue my dreams. And in the meantime, I'll draw whenever I can.
-What will be your next projects?
-I have an ongoing personal project called the Raven Revival Project. It's about growth as an artist and a person, using my character Raven as the main subject. Other than that... not much! Lots of ideas but no time to bring them to fruition just yet. And then, of course, commissions.
-What is inspiring to you ?
-I'm most inspired by four main areas: colour combinations, photography, fashion and music. I've always been greatly attracted to colours and seeing them used in a vibrant or unusual way always makes me want to draw. It also ties into my love for photography and fashion, as colours (as well as shape & form) play a huge role in the execution of those disciplines. I love portrait photography, with its clarity, depth & emotion. I love looking at the human face in all its different forms. Fashion inspires me because of the concepts that go behind the creation of the pieces, as well as they way the colours/shapes/cuts are brought together to create an outfit. Finally, music plays an important role in my creativity. It really influences my mood and ideas, and sometimes I create a specific playlist if I'm aiming for a certain mood to my piece. I enjoy a really wide range of music, anything from classical and instrumental, to metal and indie.
-What makes you laugh the most?
-The important people in my life. I'm proud to say that all the people I love have amazing senses of humour, and spending time with them always cracks a smile on my face. Apart from that, I find great hilarity in watching stupid YouTube clips. And Ross Noble.
-Why did you choose this FML?
-I was just browsing through random FMLs and this popped up on the top of my screen. I found it more ridiculous than funny, but then I thought it would be fun to portray the FML in a completely different (and somewhat cynical) light. Maybe the guy's wife has a right to 'flip out'!
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Hah yeah. This happened a couple of months ago. I was walking down the hill from my house one day, when a car approached me. The guys were probably no older than 18 and driving WAY too fast in a neighbourhood area. Realising they were driving too close to the side of the road and weren't going to slow down, I was forced to jump aside onto what I thought was a patch of overgrown grass. Turned out it was covering a deep-ass muddy ditch; I fell face first. Best part of it all? They stopped the car next the side of the road for the sheer purpose of jeering and laughing at me, before driving away. FML!
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