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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

I'm lovin' FML

We're so hungry we're dreaming of only one thing: super-sizing it. French fries, cheeseburger, soda, and the little toy, that's what we're talking about. Morgan Spurlock sure doesn't get the meaning of fastfood, of course it's bad for our health but, seriously, who cares, it's just so good we don't want to think anymore, we just want to eat. While we're finishing our strawberry-chocolate flavored milkshake, let's interview Dean!

 

-Who are you?
-Dean Fraser

-How old are you?
-31 (ugh)

-Where do you live?
-Alberta, Canada


-What do you do for a living?
-Graphic Design/Artwork


-What's your story?
-Not much really. I worked at a grocery store years ago and got really bored with it. I moved on from that so I could let out my creative side and do what I really enjoy, so I started doing graphic design - things like t-shirt designs for different bands and singers, logos, character artwork etc. I haven't run in to huge money from it thus far, but I'm glad to be doing what I like.

-What are your projects?
-Well there is the Springfield Punx blog of course, and on my personal site  I post various work I've done, and just whatever art I get inspired to do as fan art or something just for fun.



-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-The Springfield Punx blog is a lot of fun. I'm pretty big Batman fan, so a couple years ago I started drawing characters from the 60's Batman show in the Simpsons style, having seen Adam West appear as Batman on the Simpsons (fighting Krusty the clown) and really liking it. I did up Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and some villains, and put them up on my website. It was pretty fun so I tried other characters. I got some good feedback from friends and soon had a small collection up there on my website. Then one day I found that my site had gone down due to a huge amount of traffic within a couple of days. I was able to trace it back to my Simpsons characters. It was at that point that I decided to put up a dedicated blog, Springfield Punx, for these characters. I started receiving suggestions on different characters and personalities to 'Simpsonize' and whenever I thought "Yeah, that could be a fun one to do!" I tried to do it. The whole thing has just sort of snowballed from there.


-What inspires you?
-Well nostalgia plays a big part in it. I really like paying tribute to the things I grew up with and things that have brought me joy, even up to today. I've always had a love of comic books, so artists like Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Scott McDaniel and Norm Breyfogle are guys really I've admired and been inspired by. The cartoons I loved in the 80's and 90's (like TMNT, Transformers, Inspector Gadget) remain close to my heart as well. There are a number of movies that made a big impression on me (Back to the Future, for instance) and they have probably influenced the things I think about and the things I draw as well.


-What makes you laugh the most?
-People. We say and do the funniest, most bizarre things. Kids especially. To me, no comedy on tv compares with the sight of my neighbor chasing her 9-year-old little brat down the street with underwear on his head.



-Why did you choose this FML?
-1. It had a lot of great room for interpretation.
2. I think most of us have felt a similar type of rejection at one time or another.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Recently, one of the Chicago Blackhawks players came to our area to meet people and let them take pictures with the Stanley Cup. The waiting line was insanely long and I was near the back. Just ahead of me in line was a family with a handicapped girl in a wheelchair. The idiot do-gooder in me took control and I walked up to the security guys and asked if that family could be bumped up in the line. I came back to let this family know I got them bumped up. The mom came up to me and asked "So why did you choose us?"  I was far too embarrassed to give any answer seeing that I had obviously offender her and her handicapped daughter. FML.

 

Great comic Dean, we love it as much as the barbecue sauces!

 

Dean's website: http://www.deantfraser.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!

#687 - Illustrated FML - On 10/30/2010 at 4:43am by FML Team - 1 comments

The Great White North comes to FML

Hello everyone! How was your week? Terrible? Great, because it's Saturday (night fever ?!) and once again, all we need is (love ?) to provide you a new comic and an artist to go with it. Today’s no exception and so we're welcoming Sandy from the great white north. We hope you're not maple syrup intolerant because here comes Sandy's interview!

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Sandy Debreuil

-How old are you?
-45

-Where do you live?
-Miami, Manitoba, Canada

-What do you do for a living?
-Freelance artist / game developer

-What's your story?
-I’m old, so my story is long.  I did a year of university, didn’t much like it, traveled for five or six years, spent four seasons tree planting, bicycled lots of interesting places and generally discovered the world.  I got married, we had four kids, I started a small Flash games / animation company with my brother Robin the UberProgrammer (http://blog.debreuil.com/) and I’ve been doing that for the last ten years or so.  We basically swing between contract work (programming, animation, illustration, etc) and working on our own projects (Xbox indie games, webcomic, electronics).  We had a brief moment of fame doing a few series of animations and games for theRomp.com back in the day, and one of our earliest efforts has been viewed almost 30 million times on Newgrounds alone (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/2318) It’s pretty dated now, but it was cutting edge back then. (NSFW, as was all Romp content).

-What are your projects?
-Xbox Live game development (this is our first release, we have a bunch more in the hopper, two very close to completion)  This game, Sleepwalker, was mostly done over a weekend at TigJam in Winnipeg, although we spent another two weeks making levels and playtesting.
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802585505a3/?bt=0&sb=1&mt=32&gu=66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802585505a3&p=1&of=0
http://www.crowbarbenson.com/– It’s the webcomic I do, which I really like doing, even though it drives me nuts sometimes.  I’d like to sound fancy and say it examines male relationships, brotherhood, and so forth, but really, it doesn’t examine anything.  It’s just supposed to be mildly funny.

-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-I started Crowbar Benson because A) I’ve always wanted to do a comic strip, B) I wanted to do more actual drawing and less ‘computer graphics’, and C) I thought it would make me rich (HA HA!  Just kidding about C. )

 


-What inspires you?
-I get inspired by other graphic artists who can really draw.  I’m a huge fan of some older coomics as well, Doug Wright, Bill Mauldin and a few others.  I like movies a lot, but more for escapism and less for inspiration.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-Sitting in a hockey dressing room and listening to teammates BS.  Helps if we’re drinking beer.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-Mostly because it always amazes me how hard people will fight for a used puck.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-I was at my daughter’s soccer game, and there were some kids fooling around with a soccer ball.  One of them said ‘Make sure you don’t hit that old guy’.  I turned around to see who the old guy was.  Needless to say, there was nobody behind me.

 

Thanks for your participation Sandy!

 

Sandy's website: http://www.crowbarbenson.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!

#680 - Illustrated FML - On 10/23/2010 at 3:29am by FML Team - 0 comments


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