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FML's feeling foxy

"Precious little diamond, I leave it all to you..." sang Fox The Fox back in 80s, when FML was in nappies, drooling over its parents' couch. This week, we've left it all up to Emma Lazauski to bring Foxes to life in her rather wonderful illustration of an FML, and we also managed to wrangle an interview out of her as well. So sit down, stand up, enjoy the article and the illustration, then Google the song mentioned at the beginning of this article, it's ace.

-What's your name and surname? 

-Emma Lazauski  

-How old are you?

-I am 26.  

-Where do you live? 

-Sarasota, Florida.  

-What do you do for a living? 

-I am a professional illustrator; I draw, paint and otherwise make images to illustrate different concepts and products. Most of my work has been used internally at different companies so I don’t have any work in print yet, but I’d love to break into book illustration.    

-What's your story? 

-I grew up reading fairy tales and scrawling maps and monsters in Rhode Island, but I thought I’d like to try living somewhere new for college and decided to study illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida. After graduation in 2007 I got a job at a company as a product designer for home décor and holiday ornaments, where I became sick to death of Christmas. After I was downsized I worked as a floral designer for a little while and began freelancing in earnest. Lately I’ve been getting enough illustration work to drop the floral gig, which makes me very happy!  

-What are your projects?

-Currently a lot of my time goes to my professional freelance work but I’m also working on my new portfolio website (InklingArt.com) and doing a lot of personal work in my sketchbook. I like to get a small watercolor notebook and fill it up with sketches and mini paintings and I’ve also been experimenting a little with comics lately. I would love to do book illustration. Stories are a huge part of the reason I started drawing when I was a kid and I’d like to think that some sense of narration comes across in most of my work, even when it’s more of a tease. Perhaps especially then.  

-Can you tell us about your blog/website?

-I’m between portfolio websites at the moment because I’m working on a new one, but I do keep a blog! OddSketch (oddsketch.blogspot.com) began as a place to post a project I was working on last summer. Basically I was making a sketch every day around my regular work, so having a blog to update every night was a nice way to mark the schedule and to show people what I was doing. After a while it transitioned into a regular art blog, but it’s still my go-to place for posting project updates. Especially works-in-progress.  

-What inspires you ? 

-A lot of things inspire me and any list would be incomplete! For visual artists, Alan Lee, John Howe, Bill Watterson, Eyvind Earl, John Bauer and many others. I also get a lot of inspiration from listening to music; sounds seem to give me ideas and keep my brush and pen moving. Mostly rock, movie soundtracks and some classical/world folk. I am ridiculously addicted to scientific and historical documentaries.   

-What makes you laugh the most? 

-My friends, although I don’t live near them at the moment so we mostly talk online. They are great friends! My cat is pretty funny, too. Even (or perhaps especially) when she makes me want to tear my hair out.    

-Why did you choose this FML?

There are a lot of great FML stories out there, but not all of them make interesting drawings. This one immediately got my mind rolling in the direction of some images. Plus, foxes are really, really cute.  

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?

Last week I was working and my cat jumped up on the desk. I picked her up to keep her from knocking stuff over and she grabbed hold of a fresh mug of tea with her paws, dragging nearly boiling water right across the keyboard. This was the second keyboard she’s destroyed in three months.

 

Clic to see the illustration on FMyLife !

Many thanks for your comic Emma !

 

Emma's website http://oddsketch.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!

#743 - Illustrated FML - On 12/03/2010 at 8:37am by FML Team - 3 comments

Blup FML Blup

Are you wet? Yes? Well, don't go on-line with your laptop if you're sitting in your bathtub, people. Huh? You're not wet because of that? Oh we get it, you spilled your orange juice on your jacket. No? What, is it raining outside? No ?! Mh, to fully understand this mystery we'll need help from today's artist.

-What's your name and surname Sherlock Holmes?
-Barbara Tarr aka Babs

-How old are you?
-23 this month.


-Where do you live?
-Charleston,SC going on San Fran,CA next month! Woohoo!


-What do you do for a living?
-Freelance Illustration.


-What's your story?
-Barbara (Babs) Tarr grew up in the sunny and beautiful Charleston, SC. After braving 12 years of catholic school she migrated north for college to attend the Maryland Institute and College of Art in Baltimore. Now, with her newly completed BFA in Illustration, she is headed north to San Francisco in the spring to start her career as a full time illustrator.


-What are your projects?
-Currently I'm designing t-shirts, painting oil portraits, illustrating a children's book, working on my portfolio and various other small commissions.

-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-You can see my portfolio works on my website, you can see me talk about my work on my blog, you can see what inspires me on my tumblr and read about my every fleeting thought on twitter. I also have a DA.


-What makes you laugh the most?
-30 Rock, Modern Family, inappropriate humor


-Why did you choose this FML?
-I used to babysit and can relate to small child shenanigans...


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Only at art school would you have to critic a giant 30' x 40' inch nude painting of your ex-boyfriend for a full half hour. That was definitely a FML moment.

 

Ouch. That's a true FML. Many thanks Barbara for your great and wet illustration.
Oh, we get it now, you're wet because of the toilet flush.Silly us.

 

BabsBabsBabs: htp://www.babsbabsbabs.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!

 


#736 - Illustrated FML - On 11/26/2010 at 1:02pm by FML Team - 3 comments

Can you reach the FML?

Even if it's really tempting, we're not going to make fun of little people, because half of the FML crew is not as tall as it should be. Plus, midgets are cooler than we think, remember the red dwarf in Twin Peaks? That guy knew how to speak backwards, which has got to be one of the most amazing pick-up techniques when you're on a date. And Snow White, nobody can deny the fact that's she's ho.. good-lookin, and she's living with not just one, but seven dwarfs. Eva Longoria (ex) Parker is 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and she's the most amazing woman on earth. You understood, little is beautiful, and today's artist has got it too.

 

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Erin Hunting

-How old are you?
-32

-Where do you live?
-The lovely city of Melbourne in Australia

-What do you do for a living?
-I'm a freelance illustrator

-What's your story? (school, job..)
-I've never officially studied illustration, although I did study fine arts for a couple of years, finishing up in 2008 with a clearer sense that illustration, and not painting, was what I wanted to do.

-What are your projects?
-Currently I'm in the middle of some freelance projects, one being redesigning a game that will be played through Facebook.



-Can you tell us about your blog/website? (How did it started, etc..)
-I started my blog in 2007 after wanting a cleaner place to showcase my work other than DeviantArt. I noticed alot of professional artists and illustrators using blogger also that inspired me.


-What inspires you (artists, movies, etc..)?
-Comics/graphic novels are always inspirational with their original ways of storytelling through pictures and words, in particular Robert Crumb's work stands out to me. His ability as a draftsman is astounding and I love his ability to swing between styles so effortlessly. His autobiographical comics are always my favourites of his.
Other than those, I love movies and they definitely serve as an inspiration, Picnic at Hanging Rock being one of my favourites. And Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell and other artists I'm too embarrassed to admit are always playing on my Itunes when I'm drawing and definitely help me get through those long hours.


-What makes you laugh the most?
-Probably the stupid-but ultimately endearing- things my cats do. Also, human nature in general. We're so complicated!

-Why did you choose this FML?
-I was originally going to pick a story with animals in it, since they are my favourite things to draw. But this story was cute-and also relatable since I am 5 foot 2 myself!


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-I was driving in a car with my cousin one morning when she flicked something off her arm and onto my leg. Without seeing what it was I flicked it off my knee and told her to stop the car. Once out of the car squealing we checked our backs, hair for any creepy crawlies but found none. Nor could we find it in the car which was parked off the side of the freeway. Resigned to the fact we couldn't find whatever it was that had scared us I gave my clothes one last shake, including my legs of my trousers-when a Hunstman spider fell out! I couldn't believe it. Needless to say, my already bad arachnophobia has only got worse!

 

Many little thanks for your participation Erin !

 

Erin's website: http://erinhunting.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!

#722 - Illustrated FML - On 11/19/2010 at 1:09pm by FML Team - 0 comments

Pigs from Maputo

You know pigs, but you don't know Maputo, so let us introduce you to this wonderful cocktail. If you're the kind of person who likes to laugh and likes animals, you'll probably cherish today's artist and illustration. Iris is our first artist from Mozambique, Africa. Actually, she's not really originally from there but her pigs are and that's all we're asking. Before you check out her awesome blog, take a look at her interview!

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Iris Yan (ok, there is more to my name than just that, but let's keep it simple...)    

 

-How old are you?
-33.5.

 

-Where do you live?
-Right now - out of two suitcases in a friend's house in Maputo, Mozambique    

 

-What do you do for a living?
-Certainly not cartoons (unfortunately)... I work as a volunteer consultant for an NGO in Mozambique.     

 

-What's your story?
-I studied Mathematics for a long time (at least ten years). I even have a PhD in it, but I really don't know much about Math. However, having a doctorate degree in Mathematics allowed me to get a management consulting job at one of the best international firms (the PhD thing looked good on a CV). There I worked for 4 years, but I really don't know much about management consulting. However, working as a management consultant allowed me to save some money and get in touch with the current NGO I am working with in Africa.      

 

-What are your projects?
-I don't really have any except that I want to have superpowers.     

-Can you tell us about your blog?
-My blog(s) started in June when I decided to start drawing about my life here in Mozambique. It was inspired by an encounter I had with two cops on the streets, in which they asked for my ID and then looked at my age and said: "hmm.... you are not.... young..." I thought that was cartoon-able. I was also going through some personal heartbreak, and heartbreaks are definitely good cartoon material. I then remembered one of my favorites, Savage Chickens, and decided to try his square format. I bought some square note paper here in Maputo and started drawing. Then I realized a lot of my life needed to be drawn out (to get out of my system), so I eventually started more blogs: pigsinmath for the time I spent getting my Math PhD, and pigsincorporated for the time I spent working in management consultancy, and pigsinspirit for the cuter/spiritual stuff.        

-What inspires you?
-I love movies! My favorite directors are Hitchcock, Tarantino, Kurosawa, Wong Kar Wai, Kubrick, David Lynch, David Lean, Coen brothers, Christopher Nolan, Atom Egoyan, Almodóvar, and some others (I am forgetting some). I name the directors because I want to sound cooler than I am. I always thought I wanted to study film school if I came from a rich family and had money to spend. I can't say these directors and artists inspire me, though... From the web, I always read Google, Tiny Ghosts, xkcd, Os malvados, Perry Bible Fellowship,  Postsecret, Savage Chickens, FML, Vidademerda (Portuguese version of FML), Failblog.org, and more recently, Joey Alison Sayers and SNOTM (because he promoted my comics in his blog). What inspires me really is "shit happens". Most funny things are actually minor disasters.    

-What makes you laugh the most?
-I don't laugh that much... (maybe because I am Asian? We are great poker players in general (unfortunately I don't know how to play)).     

 

-Why did you choose this FML?
-I realized that not all FMLs can be made into cartoons! I tried to find those that could have a "behind the scenes" explanation as to why they F* up.    

 

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Today a dorky friend said he wanted to advertise my cartoons and do my PR. Then another friend said, "oh my god... it will be like the blind helping the blind!"

 

 

Many thanks Iris for your illustration!

 

 

Iris' pigs: http://www.pigsinmaputo.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!

#715 - Illustrated FML - On 11/12/2010 at 11:56am by FML Team - 2 comments

Meet the FML

Hello readers! Did you meet someone new this week? How was it? Enchanting, terrible, no reaction? Meeting people can be a dangerous game, a bit like mountaineering. On the tricky slope of life, there can be a rock to cling to, and others that will just crumble and plunge you into the void. Sadly, you can't decide which kind of person you're going to bump into, that's what our dear friends Jack and Kate learnt to know under the name of "Fate". That's also what Samantha decided to work on this Saturday. Shall we start the interview?


-What's your name and surname?
-Samantha Leriche-Gionet, but I’m also known as Boum.

 
-How old are you?
-25

 
-Where do you live?
-Montreal, Canada

 

-What do you do for a living?
-I'm currently a freelancer, working in animation and illustration. I've delved into varied projects—short films, feature films, ads, series, live action, documentary...

 

-What's your story?
-I always liked drawing; I've wanted to do animation ever since I visited the (now extinct) animation studio over at DisneyWorld—I was seven years old. I remember it quite clearly: they were working on Aladdin, and as I watched them flip the sheets, I said: "I want to do just that when I grow up." I spent most of my time as a kid drawing, writing stories, reading comics and watching animated movies. At seventeen, I got into Traditional 2D Animation in college, directed my first animated short, graduated, felt the need to learn some more, started a BFA Major in Film Animation at Concordia University, directed some more animated shorts, and before I knew it I was a twenty-five year-old bachelor of Fine Arts whose films toured the globe in festivals. The freelance thing pretty much happened on its own as soon as I got out of school because my teachers have been talking about me, and I can't say enough how lucky I am. I wasn't even the best student technically speaking, I was just over-enthusiastic about animation in general and I worked so damn hard all the time and I was always at school until the wee hours of the night—I suppose I got labeled with the term "efficient" and they remembered that. See, kids? That's why you should be nice and do well in school.

 

-What are your projects?
-My goal would be to keep on making films in-between contracts. I really like freelancing, but I miss working on my own stuff (I barely ever get the time for that nowadays). The problem with making films is that if you don't get grants for them, the only way to keep going is to do them in your free time, doing sit-ins at your desk during the night hoping it'll be worth it. I don't have enough free time to even consider that right now, which sucks greatly. I still try to participate in smaller projects like comic collectives, artbooks, exhibitions and such. It keeps me sane.

 



-Can you tell us about your website?
-I built my first website when I was twelve (on Geocities, like most people my age), it was a rather stupid video-game-related-fan-site that I eventually turned into an online portfolio. It's changed name and location about a dozen times now, but a couple years ago I finally settled for some sort of brand name—« Boumerie »—which is a made-up French term that could imply you’ll find lots of Boum-ish stuff there. I only use it to showcase my very best work so updates are sporadic, but I’m fairly regular on my blog, so people should be checking often. I also tweet like crazy, especially when I’m working... come and say hi! @boumerie

 

-What inspires you?
-Random stylish people I run into can strike me with inspiration, but mostly it’s the folks I hang around with that get my creative juices flowing. Most of my close friends are artists, so we pretty much inspire and motivate each other all the time (special mention to Cab and Paule T.B. because we’ve known each other for a while and live in the same neighbourhood). Outside of my friend circle, I like to ogle at pretty drawn things by Charmaine Verhagen, Vera Brosgol, Jen Wang, Der-shing Helmer, Louise Bagnall, Ciaran Duffy and Alessandro Barbucci—just to name a few. I also have a thing for retro-styled typography posters, minimalistic cartoons, and pretty girls with attitude.

 

-What makes you laugh the most?
-It’ll sound corny—my boyfriend. We play the craziest, most juvenile games sometimes, I bet we look like preschoolers stuck in pubescent bodies to some people we meet, but I just love it. I also get a kick out of going out with my friends. Oddly enough, I’m the kind of person who doesn’t laugh the slightest during movies or TV shows or stand-up comics or whatever, even if I’m amused. I’m just weird like that.

 

-Why did you choose this FML?
-There are so many, I didn’t know where to look. Then my boyfriend remembered that his former roommate had shared a particularly gross one via e-mail a while back, so he dug it out for me. I immediately pictured it in my head for some reason, and it was decided.

 

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share with us?
-Who doesn’t? At an award ceremony in high school, I got called on stage to pick up a prize. As I was climbing the stairs to the stage, somebody yelled something at me, so I looked at the audience to find out who it was... I ended up missing a step and falling face down on the stage, in front of a jam-packed auditorium, with projectors screening the whole ordeal live on two gigantic panels on each side of the audience. FML



That's is the perfect punch line to the interview, thank you very much Samantha for your participation!

Samantha's Boumerie: http://www.boumerie.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!

#701 - Illustrated FML - On 11/05/2010 at 10:27am by FML Team - 1 comments


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