There's nothing cuter than a cat. It can be noisy, it can scratch your leg or puke on your pillow, but it's always cute. And cute, or "kawaii", is something today's artist sure does know about, as he created a blog full of "aaaw" creatures that he called Boximals. As we totally had a crush on those adorable little ones, we had to share it with you. Please everybody welcome...
-Jeffrey Jang !
-How old are you?
-20 years old.
-Where do you live?
-Coquitlam, British Columbia
-What do you do for a living?
-I currently freelance as a graphic designer and illustrator, but otherwise work at a warehouse doing repetitive things all day.
-What's your story?
-I actually wanted to be a concept artist coming out of high school, but decided to give graphic design some thought as I could still work on my illustration skills on my own while learning how to be commercial through design school. I realized I had a much better flair for design than illustration, and haven't looked back since then.
-What are your projects?
-When not occupied at my day job, the major projects I devote time to involve revising my portfolio, my personal website, and Boximals.
-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-Boximals came about after I designed a line of characters for a client. Disappointed that I couldn't use them myself I decided to go and design my own characters and brand. I'm mainly focusing on building more designs first, but have been communicating with shirt printers and will redesign the current website to incorporate a shop soon.
-What inspires you?
-It's probably odd being an artist that I only have one person as my inspiration. Kristen Perry is one of the talented concept artists at ArenaNet (think Guild Wars), and has been my friend, mentor and teacher for a few years now. I owe her everything, even though she'll deny it if went and asked her.
-What makes you laugh the most?
-Humor like that of Family Guy or The Whitest Kids You Know will make me laugh quite a bit. Most of the time I am just pretending to laugh at things to be polite, but I'd never let you know that.
-Why did you choose this FML?
-When looking through the FMLs I was mainly looking for one that involved animals as I wanted to use my Boximals characters for it. This one not only had a cat, but a very cute twist that I was able to work with.
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-It's not as crazy as some of the FMLs here but every day I think about how I haven't found a graphic design job and go "FML". To be fair I haven't been at it for very long, but I figure it's good form of motivation until I get one.
Many thanks for your illustration Jeffrey !
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