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The prince and FML

This is so tempting we don't know how we can handle it. By ordering some french fries? Ok ok, no we won't make fun of today's artist's name as we love him almost as much as nuggets. While we were casually checking the Internet for.. mh.. stuff, we ended up on Ryan's website. And guess what? It was really cool! We contacted him, hoping he was interested by our proposal, and guess what? He was! Now we're friends with him, we send him emails and stuff and we're BFF and yes we're showing off a bit. Let's get to the point: Ryan MacDonald's interview!

 

-How old are you?
-23 in February.


-Where do you live?
-Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Right by the lake, the comic book store, and this bombing burrito place.


-What do you do for a living?
-I work as a freelance illustrator as well as displaying bodies of work at galleries and exhibitions. I also have a part time job at a print company. I’m more or less always surrounded by art all day.


-What's your story?
-I was born into a Scottish household, so my childhood was all hagus and tartan. I went to school at Sheridan College where I got my diploma in Visual Arts and started towards my Bachelor’s in Illustration. Halfway through my Bachelor’s Degree I decided to take a break from school and dip my feet in the freelance art world. So far I love it! But it does take a lot of conviction to make you do art everyday. It’s easy to get lazy about it but I made a promise to myself that if I were to take a break from formal schooling I would make it count and get some really good experience and learn on my own accord at the same time. I always try to set aside a few hours each day to just doodle, ink, or delve into something creative.


 
-What are your projects?
-I don’t have any projects on the go right now but I was working on a bunch of published work late last year. Since I work for a print company I’ve really found a passion for printed material. I enjoy doing designs and illustrations for publications and so far I’ve had a few pieces featured in illustration books as well as having a feature for another one. I am always trying to work on a better quality body of work for my portfolio site so I suppose in some way that is an on-going project of mine.


-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-My website (www.shoutymouths.com) is my professional portfolio website. It’s what I use to show potential clients or galleries. It’s also the best way to view most of my work in an aesthetically pleasing web space. My blog (ryan-macdonald.blogspot.com) I started when I was in school to document some of the projects I was doing. I’ve shifted the blog more towards my process work now. I enjoy sharing my process on my blog, it’s one of my favorite things to see on other artist’s blogs when I’m going through posts so I definitely wanted to make my blog largely about my own personal process.


-What inspires you?
-So many things inspire me; it would make such a long list! I love the storytelling aspect of comic books and graphic novels as well as their use of line. I am a big fan of street art and graffiti and I know I’ve definitely been inspired by what is going on in that world past and present. Music is a big inspiration for me. I am always listening to music when I’m working and I enjoy matching imagery in my head to what I am listening too. Some of my illustrations are derivative of certain albums I was listening to and broader ideas then develop from there. I look at a lot of artwork, and what other young and old talents are doing in the art world nowadays is always inspiring in many ways.

 
-What makes you laugh the most?
-Any turn of phrase or subtle quip will get my laugh factory going. If it is dry, I’m a fan.


 
-Why did you choose this FML?
-I looked through dozens of them but this one really stood out to me and probably because I could relate to the silliness of it all. I also turned to my cat and asked him if I could call him princess. He looked back at me disapprovingly. I took it as a positive sign.


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-When I was still in school I had a big final project due at the end of term. The night before I lost half the illustrations I did for it and I stayed up all night re-doing them. In the morning I was cutting down matt board to mount the pictures and in my sleep-deprived state I sliced right though my thumb, bleeding all over the illustrations. I had no choice but to hand in what looked like a homicide on paper. FML.

 

Oh Ryan you're so talented and funny and handsome marry us! And of course, many thanks for your comic!

 

Ryan's wonderfull website: http://www.shoutymouths.com/

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#771 - Illustrated FML - On 01/14/2011 at 10:31am by FML Team - 2 comments

The magic FML sword

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's been such a long time, we're not even sure how to write articles any more. How do you even interview artists anyway? Are you supposed to ask them about their sexuality and stuff? And what are you guys supposed to do? Oh right, read, like, and comment on this article, okay, that sounds fun. Let's do it then.

-Who are you Celine Choo? How old are you?
-Over twenty


-Where do you live?
-Currently in Singapore/ London

  
-What do you do for a living?
-I have a day job, which is semi related to art and I freelance part time while looking for another job that is closer to what I’d like to be doing.

 
-What's your story?
-I graduated with a BA in Illustration over in the UK. I moved over to Singapore to gain experience/look for work/eat delicious food. I plan to move back next year and get a cat.


-What are your projects?
-The goal is to self publish my own storybook or art book this year. I have a few freelance projects going on from a recent convention. Currently, the main project for me is updating my portfolio and gear it towards the animation/games industry.


-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-A lot of my favourite artists I’ve found are through blogspot, so I feel it were only natural to start one up. I’m extremely glad I did as I’ve met a lot of talented people through it! I’ve been meaning to redo a proper website of my own but projects and work keep getting in the way!


-What inspires you (artists, movies, etc..)?
-Oh the art of Pixar/Disney/Dreamworks/Ghibli. Light-hearted movies, in particular Amelie. French and European art/animation. My favourite artists and general life experiences!

 

-What makes you laugh the most?
-Really stupid internet memes and youtube fail videos. My boyfriend makes me laugh a lot. And FML of course!

 

-Why did you choose this FML?
-I thought it was particularly amusing and the image sort of popped into my head as soon as I’d read it.


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Today, while my dad was dropping me off at the airport, my brother came along. While getting out the car, I decided to come out the same side as him. He did not realise this until he heard me yell as he closed the car door on my leg. I had a slight limp for the rest of my trip. FML

 

Muchas gracias Celine for your illustration!

Celine's DA full of amazing stuff (this does not include your mother): http://sunshee.blogspot.com/

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#764 - Illustrated FML - On 01/07/2011 at 11:41am by FML Team - 1 comments

Download FML's Xmas book for free

This is totally free. It's our gift to you in the shape of a book compiling the best of FML's illustrations. It comes as a pdf that you can download right now, and then maybe send as a gift to those you love for Christmas. Enjoy, pass it on, and Merry Xmas everyone!

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#750 - Books - On 12/16/2010 at 9:52am by The FML Team - 25 comments

Tower of FML

Ever heard of the Tower of Babel? You know, the tower some guys tried to build in Shinar, a tower so big it would take them to heaven. But God turned up, pretty angry at them for being so pretentious and said "Come, let us go down and confound their speech" so he confused their languages and scattered them across the face of the Earth. Well, we this story has some stuff in common with today's illustration but it has nothing to do with it. Absolutely nothing.
So let's start the interview, shall we?

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Nechama Frier

-How old are you?
-Twenty three.

-Where do you live?
-Baltimore, MD, USA


-What do you do for a living?
-I earn my bread and butter with a day job while freelancing art with my Studiomates evenings and weekends. Basically, I'm a superhero. I just put my glasses on instead of taking them off.

 
-What's your story?
-I graduated in May with a BFA in Illustration, and am in the midst of launching an independent Studio with some extremely talented friends ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Better-Art-Studios/108761329195894 ).

-What are your projects?
-I can't say I have anything as solid as a "project" just yet - plenty of things in the works, but nothing worth bragging about. Right now I just write and draw furiously until something comes out.



-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-http://soltian.net
is my portfolio site designed to showcase my work. I'd be honored if you gave it a look!


-What inspires you ?
-There are too many things to count, but to list a few...Disney (particularly Hunchback), Pixar (especially Toy Story!), Star Wars, Goya, classical sculpture and Mythology in general, cheesy kids anime like Naruto and solid grown-up anime like Monster.

 

-What makes you laugh the most?
-Loud, dirty, and extremely inappropriate jokes. The stupider the better, usually. Sometimes I make myself laugh, while everyone in my vicinity wonders why they hang out with me.

-Why did you choose this FML?
-There was something so Suess-ian about the boyfriend's intentions. Not malicious, just so goddamn silly. It made me laugh, so I went for it!


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-You'd think this would be an easy question...let me think. The scene: my sad 91 Camry parked behind a large silver SUV. The problem: my bumper is ever so lightly nudging the SUV's. Since I was parked on campus, I got called out of class to come and rectify my wrong-doings, enduring heavy verbal abuse from the SUV driver while I carefully backed my car away from hers. Apparently she was very concerned that I would "crash into" her car again, and that this would make it more difficult for her to sell it so she could buy a better one. On top of that, I get a ticket.
We're building a giant "THANK YOU" for your comic Nechama!
Nechama's website: http://soltian.net/
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice who will tell you what you have to do!
#757 - Illustrated FML - On 12/10/2010 at 4:30pm by FML Team - 1 comments

Be an FML God

A lot of your friends probably haven't heard of Fmylife. Be the first to spread the word, and you'll become their FML God! It's pretty easy: choose your favourite FML stories, click on the  button under each story, and they'll be automatically posted on your Facebook profile. Then, sit back and enjoy the "likes" - if you've selected a great story, the amount of "likes" should shoot up faster than missile tied to a rocket. Have fun trying it out, you'll soon see that it works every time!

#729 - About FMyLife - On 12/06/2010 at 11:57am by The FML Team - 65 comments


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