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Gooooooooood morning folks! Let's celebrate the fact that some of us are on vacation for the summer by NOT changing our weekly routine. That's right, all summer long we'll provide you with brand new illustrations made specifically for you. By the way, do you know how this illustrated section works? First, the artist has to find a story (the how and why he chooses one in particular is revealed at the end of each article), then, he or she creates a sketch, so we can be sure it works, and that it's daaamn funny enough to be provided to you, and then BAM, on Saturday, the first thing I do in the morning is to publish it. Let's not forget Alan, our god, our supervisor who makes sure the article isn't ful off mystak if u no wat i mean. And then, we get to this kind of cool interview:

-What is your name, surname and nickname? 
-My name is Calum Sutherland, but I’ve been known as “Sudz” for as long as I can remember. One of those goofy family nicknames, like how all Hamiltons are, “Hammy,” and all Smiths are, “Smithy.” It could’ve been a LOT worse.

-How old are you?
-21 years old, and recently graduated, so I guess this is when real life starts.

-Where do you live?
-I’m currently residing in a small town in the north-east of Scotland with my family, and hoping to escape as soon as possible!

-What's your job?
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At the moment, I work with a whiskey distributor, and before that I worked in a shortbread factory. I’ve contributed more to Scottish culture than William Wallace and the Proclaimers combined, but now I’m looking to start a small business, as a freelance artist. Failing that, I’ll start a haggis farm or feed the Loch Ness monster they have at the aquarium.

-What's your journey?
-I’ve never really had any set path, I just bumble from one event to the other, hoping that people don’t hate what I’m doing too much. Maybe now that I’ve thought about running a business I’ll gain some perspective!

-What are your inspirations?
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I’m heavily inspired by things like the classic superhero comics, '80s era animation such as Johnny Quest and TMNT, and the more cartoony styling of Spongebob and the Looney Tunes. Trying to combine what I feel are the best qualities of each to create dynamic fun artwork has been a hell of a challenge. 

-Which webcomics do you read? 
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Oh lord, I could give you a list as long as my arm, but I’ll whittle it done to my favourites. Boxer Hockey, Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, Awkward Zombie, and Johnny Wander hold a special place in my heart as classics, but more recently Helvetica, I am ARG! And Whomp! have been distracting me from my work lately! 

-Tell us more about your website.
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At this moment in time I’m actually building a website to promote myself, and therefore have nothing to say! Er… Next question!

-Ok ok! How do you work?
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SLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOWLY. But I’d like to think the time I put in shows.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
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As soon as I read it I had an idea in my head that I thought was pretty funny, so I went with it! It was great fun to do and I loved every second of it!

 

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Calum's website: http://calumsutherland.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

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

#1393 - Illustrated FML - On 07/04/2013 at 7:17am by Alice - 5 comments

Fooling around FML

Good morning folks! Today we're ending our 'Artists from the Netherlands' month and what better way to say goodbye to this great country than by welcoming the great Amanda Majoor. With her retro art style and her great sense of rhythm, she gives us a great preview of what's best in the Netherlands right now, illustratively speaking. Let's get the chance to know her better.

 

 

-What are your name, surname and nickname?
-My name is Amanda Majoor and I work under the same name.

-How old are you?
-26.

-Where do you live?
-I live in the Netherlands.

-What's your job?
-Currently I work as an illustrator/comic artist, collecting different art-related assignments here and there to promote my work and gain more experience as an artist. In the meantime I'm working on my first comic book about swing music in the Second World War, which is a lot of work, but above all a super exciting project.

-What's your journey?
-When I started my first year at the Art Academy in Zwolle I focused on illustration. I had always loved to draw and I was still eager to work on my technique. However, just before the second year started, the possibility to study as a comic artist popped up and I didn't hesitate to take that chance. Making illustrations is one thing, but with comics I could work on my drawings as well as developing my storytelling skills. Also, being a comic artist is one of those childhood dreams come true.

 

 

-What are your inspirations?
-There are several things in life that help me get inspired as an artist. Life itself (obviously), designs and art from the 1920-40's era, my passion for (swing) music, the assistance from my boyfriend, history/comic books, photographs, movies and so on.

-Do you read webcomics?
-I've never really been into webcomics that much, though I sometimes read an online comic when someone shares it or sends it to me. The only comic series I'm following online are the daily's of my dear friend and colleague Abe Borst. I've been reading his short comics since the beginning and watched him develop to the artist that he is today. It's also fun to see what he's up to now that we don't see each other that much anymore.

 

 

-Tell us more about your website.
-I publish my art on a blog named Swing und Bratwurst, where I share my work with the rest of the world. The name comes from two interests of mine: swing and Germany. A friend of mine wrote it on a shirt as a goodbye gift when I went to Hamburg for an internship and it stuck with me ever since. They're also the keywords of my story, so I figured it'd be a good blog name. The main focus of my blog is the progress of my comic project, but I also use it to publish other artwork and write about art-related events that I go to.

-How do you work?
-That depends on my mood. Mostly I prefer to work traditionally, using charcoals, paint or cut and paste techniques. After I scanned my drawings I usually touch things up digitally. I like to mix those two. At other times I just open up Photoshop and start drawing from scratch. In the same way, I sometimes prefer a minimalist approach over an ellaborate illustration.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-Out of the stories I received this one made me think of story that wasn't just the text turned to image. While reading, I made up this girl who is secretly dating some sort of alien and takes him to her house where she's is in for an unexpected surprise.

 

 

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Amanda's website: http://swingundbratwurst.blogspot.fr/

 

 

 

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

#1392 - Illustrated FML - On 06/28/2013 at 3:12pm by Alice - 5 comments

The FML family

Hello! June's not over and that's great news. It means we still have two more chances to discover artists from the Netherlands. After welcoming Max Grünfeld, today, it's Doeke's turn. So if you like bright colors, a unique artstyle and pancakes, you'll love him. Get to know our artist of the day a little bit better by reading this interview!

 

 

-What is your name, surname and nickname? Why did you choose this nickname?
-My name is Doeke van Nuil and my nickname is Studio Doeke. I choose Studio Doeke because I want to do more than just illustrating, I also make, for example, pencils cases. So the studio refers to doing a lot!

-How old are you?
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I'm 25.

-Where do you live?
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I live in Zwolle, the Netherlands. It's actually quite a small city, and in the future I would like to live somewhere else, but for now it's perfect. 

-What's your job?
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I'm an illustrator and I try to draw as much as I can. I also bake pancakes in a restaurant. 

 

-What's your journey?
-I studied illustration on ArtEZ Zwolle and did an Erasmus on Escola Massana, Barcelona, which was amazing. I learned so much! When I came back I developed my own way of working as it is today and now I'm working as an (almost) full-time illustrator. 

-What is your inspiration?
-Things that happen around me, like conversations, traveling, love, coffee and plants! A lot of my work is autobiographical in a way, I always try to put something of myself in it. 

-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-To be honest: I don't really read webcomics. Haha. As a child I loves Donald Duck! (I still love him!) I used to draw him all the time. 

 

 

-Tell us more about your website.
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My website is my portfolio, so I only put the finished illustrations on it. I think it's very important to have a website so people all over the world can see your work and can stay tuned. I also have a Facebook-page & tumblr, so people can like and follow me and see sketches, or process in my work. And I do give-a-ways! (So follow me now! www.facebook.com/studiodoeke www.tumblr.com/studiodoeke) I love making things, like pencil-cases or bags with my own patterns or prints. I want to make thinks people like and make them smile so a lot of my work is quite happy, although every now and then some 'darker' things will come through.

-How do you work?
-I begin sketching, and then I will draw the 'real' illustration, which I mostly paint in photoshop. I actually have a lot of different ways of working, so every time it's different. There's day I feel like painting something, and stamping, and there's days I just want to draw. 

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-This one was so bizarre, I had too choose it! 

 

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Doeke's website: http://www.doekevannuil.com/

 

 

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

#1391 - Illustrated FML - On 06/21/2013 at 9:04am by Alice - 3 comments

The Worst Sisters Ever

Growing up with a sister can be a good thing. If you're a guy, it can teach you about girls and how to interact with them so you won't grow up to be a sexist idiot who's afraid of women and who can only refer to them with tired old stereotypes. If you're a girl, you can steal her clothes, make-up and boyfriends. See what we did there? Clever, huh? However, living with a sibling can be tiresome. Rivalry is a big problem, it can cause a lot of stress, breakage and complaints from neighbors. Parents have to step in, cops are called, Jerry Springer gets involved and then you and your sister are the laughing stock of the 7-11. But as the legendary Twisted Sister sang, we're not gonna take it. In this new video, we've examined some of the fraught relationships between sisters and their siblings. As you'll soon see, some weird stuff does go on, but it's all tongue-in-cheek. Because we all love our sisters, especially Sister Sledge, the Sisters Of Mercy and "Shakespeare's Sister" by The Smiths.
Check out the video now, because we want you to, and if you don't, an angel will be forced to watch Sister Act 3: The Wrath of Khan.

#1390 - Videos - On 06/17/2013 at 10:49am by The FML Team - 105 comments

FML's Sports Correspondent

Today, I had to call the cops to break up a fistfight at my mother's funeral. It turns out my two brothers care more about having a pissing match over their favorite football teams than they do honoring our mother's memory. FML

You can tell from reading this story that we get a lot sport-related aggravation on FML. People take it seriously. Painting your face like a Juggalo and shouting at a man chasing a ball is a serious business. It’s something you either get or don’t get, and I don’t get it. I can see the appeal of wanting to belong to a team to glean some sort of self-validation and purpose in life when you’ve got nothing besides a tin of beans and a vague sense of national pride that your parents instilled in you like some sort of benign tumor, but once sport starts appearing as top stories on the news, it makes me feel like something is wrong. Charlie Brooker said, “Sport belongs in a news bulletin about as much as a mummified cat's head belongs in a Caesar salad.” However, I’m crap at sport. I’m unfit. I can’t catch things. I have the lung capacity of a clam. So I’m probably just jealous of all those lycra-clad gods and goddesses. So I just sit back and watch the stories float in here at FML towers about sporting mishaps, such as these:

Today, life gave me lemons, delivering them straight to my nuts via my neighbor's tennis ball shooter. FML

Today, at a mixed-family game of rugby, my dad resorted to calling me a "goddamned accident" and eventually body-slamming me, just so I'd stop playing long enough for his team to score. FML

Whether during professional or amateur sports, most accidents are non-fatal. We’ve all seen chilling videos of those guys whose legs go off at funny angles. Just thinking about them makes my spine tingle. Or is that the massive caffeine-infused cola drink I had earlier? A diet cola drink of course, because I like to delude myself that I drinking something healthy to compensate for not doing any sports, or even taking the stairs for two floors when there’s a deathtrap horror-movie elevator. But sports can be hazardous if you think that people can die of embarrassment. There have been documented cases, but nobody wrote them down at the time.

Today, I finally scored a goal in a soccer game. Too bad it was in our own net. FML

Today, my tennis coach showed up to practice in an all white outfit. I exclaimed, "You're looking very white today!" He's African American. FML

As you know, most people take part in sports as spectators. That bit I could do. It involved minimum physical participation, unless you count yelling at the television with a beer and some processed food in your hand. But some spectators actually put on some clean-ish clothes, leave their homes and go to watch real-life sporting events take place before their very eyes. This can also be very tricky, especially if you’re not really good at using your hands, legs, and other body parts:

Today, I went to a baseball game. On the way in, I managed to trip and get stuck in the turnstile. It took five minutes of flailing and twisting around in front of hundreds of people before I managed to pull myself out. FML

Today, during a basketball game, I fell into metal chairs, which then decided to fold in, causing me to fall to the floor in a very dramatic and painful fall. When I stood up, so did everyone else and they were all clapping, including the other team. FML

And some things are just plain wrong. When weird people go out in public, get caught up in the excitement of a point being scored by someone on “their” team, they just do… something:

Today, I went to an amateur baseball game with some family and friends. When our team hit a home run, my grandpa took it upon himself to start screaming wildly, removing his prosthetic leg and waving it jubilantly in the air. FML

Many more sports stories are to be found in the annals of FML, you just have to use the squirrel-powered search engine to find them. The popularity of sports, whether football teams (real football, not that hand-egg thing that the Americans play) or individuals sports like tennis or listening to the world curling championship on the radio, will never wane. Meaning we’ll never run out of sports-related FMLs, where either face-painted spectators or people chasing odd-shaped balls get hurt. Bring ‘em on.

#1389 - Ramblings - On 06/17/2013 at 8:59am by Alan - 5 comments


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