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Vivilablonde's illustrated FML

Back to the future! That's today's artist's promise. She brings us a brand new art concept that we love here at FML. Usually, we welcome artists that have their own creative worlds, but this time it's different. This time, and thanks to Vivilablonde, the artist is coming to your world. Her particularity is to draw anyone who'd like to have a portrait of their own... when they were 15. Maybe some of you, dear readers, are not that far from this wonderful age, but for the rest of us, it's a blast from the past (and in illustration format). Let's get the chance to know Vivilablonde!

-What are your name, surname and nickname? 
-Hi, my name is Virginie R. but nobody calls me Virginie, not even my boyfriend. My nickname is Vivilablonde, because of my previous job, where I was vivi for everybody and I was "the blonde" too. So when I decided to become an illustrator, I chose that obvious and tender nickname.

-How old are you?
-I'm 39.

-Where do you live?
-I live in Paris, France.

-What's your job?
-I'm an illustrator.



-What's your journey?
-Well, when I was 16 I wanted to be a painter but I didn't have confidence in me at all (I've made progress so far but I'm still working on it) so I decided to become a graphic designer, which has allowed me for about 12 years to work in different places like press, advertising, publishing world… And in 2008 I decided time had come to make my passion a job.

-Do you read webcomics?
-Not really, unfortunately, I prefer printed ones. You see, my grandparents and my mother were booksellers so I easily inherited the taste of paper and books from them.

-Tell us more about your online experience.
-I have a blog, where I post publications and sketches, mostly from my trips. But a month ago, I created a Tumblr which really means a lot to me, where I draw people — that I know or not – at the age of 15, according to their written memories. It's based on the idea that everybody thinks he's king of fashion at 15, although when you look back, you're just as moved as you are terrified. It's a participative Tumblr but if you want a special picture, you can order it too, my prices are unbeatable!

-How do you work?
-I sketch with a blue pencil, then I ink my drawing in black, I scan it and I colorize it on Photoshop (however, a Cintiq tablet is on my wish list). For my daily sketches, I only use a black marker.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I chose it because it's sad and funny. I'm not a bad person but I think "you have to laugh or else you'll cry".





Vivilablonde's website:



If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1400 - Illustrated FML - On 08/22/2013 at 8:08am by Alice - 3 comments

C-Cil's Illustrated FML

Saturday is upon us once again, and that can only mean one thing. Yes, a hangover from Friday night. To soothe the pain of your throbbing brain, we’ve got a nice new illustrated FML for you to check out. It’s always nice to have something to stare at while your head is spinning like a top.

This week we’re crossing over from our French counterparts, and welcoming Cécile Appert, AKA C-CIL. She hails from a costal town where seagulls will steal your sandwiches on the beach as soon as look at you, and where she works as a freelance graphics designer. She specializes in illustration and character design, especially for website games. She’s also working on space elevators, allowing the rest of us to travel from planet to planet in record time. She spends most of her time in a green jumpsuit, escorted by a cat dressed as a fox.

Like many of us, she enjoys that moment in life when a project comes together, watching an idea evolve. But more than that, she likes to make people smile or laugh with a drawing. It’s what keeps her going. What’s missing in her life? “A pistachio nut distributor, a Cintiq tablet and a pet possum.”

Her latest news: “I’m currently working on comics similar to the one I created to illustrate this story. I use everyday stories that happen to me or that I hear about, and I try to make gags into in a few frames. I have recurring characters that I use if the story is universal; otherwise I create personalized comics with the actual characters if required. I also create avatars on”
Her future projects involve making the pile of drawings on her desk and floor even bigger.

As for this article, we’ll now move on to the next part, which includes questions, answers and wasabi peas.

Cats or dogs?
Cats. The day they rise up and form an army, I don’t want to be on the opposing side. We’ll all be turned into .gifs!
And I must be honest; their ever-changing moods inspire me, as well as make me feel sympathy for them. Oh, and another thing (The League of Cats pays me to look after their image): Watching a cat doing something, or nothing at all especially, is one of the most relaxing things in the world!

What are the latest things you enjoyed at the movies, in music and in comics?
My current favorite comic book is Blacksad. Juanjo Guamido’s dynamic drawing is great. The characters are really expressive and the colors are superb. I have to force myself not to pore over each page for 15 minutes.
Musically, I love “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “Clair de Lune” by Flight Facilities (feat. Christine Hoberg) and “Little Numbers” by BOY. But my biggest recent musical crush is Nightmare and The Cat, a band as good as their name suggests.
I haven’t had many movie interests recently, but I’m real TV show addict. At the moment I’m really into Community and I can’t wait to see the new Dexter episodes.

Who are the artists that you like and whose blogs you visit regularly?
It’s tempting to make a list as long as the number of characters in the books by Tolkien or George R. R. Martin, but I’m going to try to keep calm and mention the few that spring to mind: Tim Burton, Ted Naifeh, David Lanham, Bobby Chiu, Jen Zee… I like to keep in touch with what Yohan Sacré and Bruno Mota are up to. They have a very rich and personal world. When I see their work, I feel like drawing.

Tell us what you like in life, your passions, your pastimes, your vices, your everyday pleasures.
All roads bring me back to illustrating. But when I stray from it, I go rollerblading (to catch the seagull that stole my sandwich).

Tell us a crap joke. Possible Joker: if you don’t have a joke, you can tell us your biggest FML.
It’s not really a joke but it’s something that Phil (Bill Murray) says in “Groundhog Day” when he wants to get rid of someone he used to know. It’s short but it always makes me laugh.
Ned: So what are you doing for dinner?
Phil: Umm... something else.

Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
My biggest fear is that one day they might remove the Tanoshi Wasabi Pea Crackers from supermarket shelves. In second place… spiders. I’m one of those people who will run for an hour in a room with a glass and a piece of paper in their hands to try and capture the beast without touching it. Usually, my encounter with the spider will begin at night and we will part an hour later in the street, in pajamas (the spider will be wearing pajamas too, hence my fear). We’re both alive, we both laugh about the past and we split on good terms… until the next panic attack.

However, if I see a spider eating a wasabi pea cracker, it cancels out both fears. Pure logic.

To finish up, ask yourself a question you would’ve liked to have been asked, then it’s up to you whether or not to answer it.
-Would you like some more cake?
-With pleasure! I’m glad you asked. 


Click here to see C-CIL's Illustrated FML


Who doesn't want more cake? We want cake. And with that craving firmly in mind and body we end another illustrated FML article. We hope you have a nice week, try to stay out of trouble and as always be excellent to each other. We’re off to check out the latest footwear that people have thrown by the railway track, always a pleasure, and maybe listen to the new album by The Fall which is well good. See you next Saturday!


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1399 - Illustrated FML - On 08/16/2013 at 5:53am by Alan - 6 comments

Claire Roe's illustrated FML

Hello beloved readers, how was your week? Mine was pretty awesome. Actually, this whole month is awesome. After welcoming crazy talented artists, well, today we're welcoming an amazing crazy talented artist. I know, same old, same old right? I'm sorry, I never get enough when it comes to good laughs and beautiful drawings. And I'm pretty sure you don't get enough either. Read today's interview and be amazed by the wonderful ...



- Hi everybody, my name is Claire Roe! Sadly no middle names or nicknames. I've always wanted a nickname, but I guess nothing stuck.

-How old are you?
- I am 21.

-Where do you live?
- At the moment, I live in a little village in Fife, Scotland.

-What's your job?
- I am fresh out of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, so I am on the hunt for work.

-What's your journey?
- My journey? Not too much to tell there. I went to art college to study animation, and they have this great little comic book module there where I rekindled my love for comics. I got a job with the BBC creating comic panels for one of their kids shows about superhumans, then ended up spending more time focusing on comics at university than animation. Now I really just want to focus on expanding my skill set to one day get a job in that industry.

-What are your inspirations?
- I take inspiration from lots of things, from music to books to art. Sean Gordon Murphy and Rafael Albuquerque are my absolute favourite artists, and they inspire me to keep pushing.

-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
- I haven't stuck to any particular webcomics over the years, I tend to forget about them after a while. But at the moment, I enjoy reading NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson.

-Tell us more about your website?
- I don't have a proper website, I should probably get on that. BUT I do have a blog, which I created to keep track of my art. And also tumblr, because tumblr is addictive.

-How do you work?
- Most of the time I draw straight in to photoshop, sketching then building up from that. But other times I like to get a break and go traditional, pencil and paper and ink, which yields better results most of the time but I find to be much more time consuming. So it depends on how I'm feeling.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
- This one caught my eye when I read it, I liked the irony of the story. Then for some reason the talking horse came into my head. So I figured this would be a good a time as any to learn how to draw horses.





Claire's website:



If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1398 - Illustrated FML - On 08/09/2013 at 2:54am by Alice - 7 comments

Celeste's illustrated FML


Hello everybody. Do you know that it's been four years since we started doing the traditional illustrated FML on Saturdays? I can see that you, dear readers, have changed. Okay, maybe I've changed a little bit as well. But that's life, let's not get hooked on the temporary aspect of it. Am I getting too lyrical? Yes? My bad. The point is, change is the key to many things, including art, and our artist of the day has made it her specialty. Maybe you've seen her art around the world wide web lately; she draws grown-up versions of our beloved cartoon characters. And if you're not into cartoons, she'll delight you with her amazing sense when it comes to playing around with colors. Dear readers, I present to you...


-Hello everybody, I'm Celeste Pille! My dad called me "Celestial" as a child, but nobody sat me down and explained the concept of nicknames, so for the longest time I assumed my full name was Celestial and Celeste was the shortened version.

-How old are you?
-I'm 25 years old.

-Where do you live?
-Omaha Nebraska.

-What's your job?
-I'm working in the Social Media Management.



-What's your journey?
-My journey is largely yet to be determined and I'm learning to be comfortable with the uncertainty.

-What are your inspirations?
-My inspirations are the cartoon shows I grew up with. Fashion sketches. Faces. 

-Do you read webcomics?
-I love Hark! a Vagrant

-Tell us more about your Tumblr.
-I started my art tumblr as a way to keep up the hobby of drawing. I only got a minor in art in school, so it was never my main focus, but I wanted to keep up the skill somewhat and educate myself in the ways of digital art. I like to give myself assignments and one of them was to take the Magic School Bus kids and draw them as though they grew up right along with me. That series really caught on and I've since moved on to Hey Arnold, Rugrats, and a swath of others. There's also a healthy dose of miscellaneous thrown in.



-How do you work?
-I like to sketch everything first with pencil on paper. For whatever reason, I'm pretty rotten at sketching from scratch on a computer. Something just doesn't compute for me. If I want to color a sketch I'll scan it in and color and shade it in Corel Painter Essentials 4. It's the basic program that came with my tablet, but it's what I taught myself on and works well for me.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I chose this one because I've always felt this website is a collection of anecdotes of the universe laughing at you, and since this girl ended up at a comedy club, I could literally draw her having a miserable time with the universe telling jokes at her expense. I also saw a good opportunity to draw a lot of faces, that's always fun!




Celeste's website:



If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1397 - Illustrated FML - On 07/31/2013 at 2:09pm by Alice - 13 comments

Chiel's illustrated FML

Good morning everyone! Have you heard the news? June's not over yet. Well, not on FML anyway. When we decided to go full Dutch during this special month, we went full out and welcomed a total of 4 artists from The Netherlands. Chiel, our artist of the day, is also from this great country, and you'll see how fascinating and intriguing his art is. Chiel is certainly one hell of a kind.



-What are your name, surname and nickname? 
My name is Chiel te Bokkel, I sign my work with my own name. I have never found or have been given a suitable nickname, therefore my own name is the one that suits me the most.

-How old are you?
I'm 27.

-Where do you live?
-I live in The Netherlands, Zwolle. 

-What's your job?
I am an illustrator and graphic designer. I have several clients for my graphic designs. The biggest client helps young (illegal) immigrants return to their own country, and help them build a new life. As an illustrator I draw and write comics, illustrate poetry and like live-drawing. With my illustration collective de AvierKoerier we go around the country portraying everybody's head.

-What's your journey?
-I missed drawing and telling stories when I studied Graphic Design. I made advertising for Mc Donald's and other minor interesting projects. That's why I went to the Art academy in Zwolle (ArtEZ). There I learned new ways of telling stories and really found my own way of making comics after a couple of years. I try to find a balance between word/story and the image. I think in a lot of comics the word/story becomes more important than the image.

-What are your inspirations?
Inspiration can come from a lot of stuff, but the most inspiration I get is from short stories. They are often well written, a bit weirder than novels and a lot of fun to read. 

-Do you read webcomics ? If so, which ones ?
-I used to read a lot of webcomics, but the most were not interesting enough to follow. But there are still a few favourites. First up: Perry Bible Fellowshop (too bad it stopped publishing), TRIP, made by Jasper Rietman is one I always enjoy. A few comics I enjoy following on facebook: Jeroom, Cyanide & Happiness and Jeroom. A few favorite comicbooks: Bardín, the Surrealist, by Max. David Heatly, My brain is hanging upside down. De Liefhebbers, by Brecht Evens and Cimes, by Vincent Fortemps.

-Tell us more about your website?
My website shows my portfolio. When I make a website I always try out new stuff. This is my 5th design for a website and am finally happy with the result. It shows everything I am doing, but still looks clear.

-How do you work?
-I don't have a routine I go through when I start. Most of the times I don't even know what I am drawing until I am halfway done with the drawing. This gives me freedom, but it also happens that after I am almost done I have start all over. I use a lot of materials. For the FML comic I just used a pencil and Photoshop.

-Why did you choose this FML story ?
It is a funny story. All the people in the gym looking at you. I saw it as a challenge to draw a crowded gym, with a lot of different people, like fat people trying to lose weight, strong people trying to get stronger and... you. The full gym I have drawn you can find on my own website. 




Chiel's website:



If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1396 - Illustrated FML - On 07/26/2013 at 1:25am by Alice - 7 comments

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