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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

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


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