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Simon's cat visits FML

Copyright © Simon's Cat Ltd. 2009-2010

Hello everybody! We hope you finished last week's cake because today we're welcoming a new artist today, along with his special cat, who is certainly not on a diet. You may already know him thanks to his webcomic, animations, maybe even thanks to his book. If not, let us introduce you to one of the best (and gluttonous) cat in the world: Simon's cat!

 

-What's your real name?
-Simon Tofield
 
-How old are you?
-39

-Where do you live?
-Bedfordshire, England.

-What do you do for a living?
-I'm an animator, illustrator, director and author.

Copyright © Simon's Cat Ltd. 2009-2010


-What's your story?
-I've loved animation and drawing since I was a little kid, watching Saturday morning cartoons. I went on to study animation at college, after which I found work as a junior animator. Since then I've worked on all sorts of different projects on a freelance basis, but now I work mostly on my series, Simon's Cat.

-What are your projects?
-Simon's Cat started off as an online series of animations. And later on I was lucky enough to be offered a Simon's Cat book deal. So my time is spent producing new Simon's Cat films and also doing A LOT of drawing for the books.
 
-Tell us more about your website.
-My website is called www.simonscat.com. It started just as a place to show my films, but now it's the hub of all sorts of exciting things related to Simon's Cat. So I have all the Simon's Cat films there to watch, as well as links and info about all the other goings on in Simon's Cat's world.

 

Copyright © Simon's Cat Ltd. 2009-2010

-What inspires you ?
-There are alot of other talented artists out there that I really admire. I especially like Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, as well as The Far Side series by Gary Larson. And of course my four cats, Hugh, Jess, Maisy and Teddy.
 
-What makes you laugh the most?
-Old Laurel and Hardy films still make me laugh to this day.
 
-Why did you choose this FML?
-My second book is all about Simon's Cat's adventures beyond his garden fence. He meets a lot of new animal friends along the way, and this FML reminded me a lot of the book. I liked the way the cat brought home so many different animals but never killed them. He sounded like a real life Simon's Cat.

Copyright © Simon's Cat Ltd. 2009-2010


 
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-I do a lot of painting at home. One hot sunny day I was painting in the garden, with a nice cold cup of water by my side to keep me refreshed. Then Hugh, who is one of my cats, came by to see what I was doing and jumped up onto the wall next to me. While demonstrating to Hugh my painting techniques, (he was mesmerised by the paintbrush movements), I instinctively reached for a gulp of water. Seconds later I was coughing up the dirty contents of my paintbrush washing cup, heaving acrylic from my stomach onto the grass. Hugh had knocked over my drinking water, leaving only my paintbrush water on the wall in an identical disposable plastic cup. He didn't seem as impressed by my painting afterwards.

 

 

 

Thank you so much Simon for your illustration, your cat never stops entertaining us!
And many thanks to Mike Cook, without whom this Simon's Cat special day wouldn't have happened.

 

Simon's cat website: http://www.simonscat.com/

 

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, who would like to thank Yousra who is such a chatoune, who will tell you what you have to do!

#554 - Illustrated FML - On 07/30/2010 at 7:47am by FML Team - 14 comments

Our own molten FML chocolate cake

It’s brown, and it’s simply delicious. Some of the more twisted minds amongst you will think we’re talking about poop, but actually, it’s chocolate. We simply love the stuff, we can’t enough of it, and we feel deeply sorry for those poor people who are allergic to this gift from the Gods. Black, white, with nuts, in a mound of ice cream or in soap, it’s always a real pleasure, and we love our love handles if they were a product of chocolate consumption. May God, Xenu and Billy Idol bless chocolate, as well as today’s artist who did a chocolate flavored interview.

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Michelle Chen

-How old are you?
-22

-Where do you live?
-Long Island, New York

-What do you do for a living?
-At the moment I'm working for a web start-up, but am looking to enter the CG industry.

-What's your story? (school, job..)
-Grew up in the boonies of Massachusetts, went through my awkward phase in New York.  I just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (seriously just -- finished my last summer class on Monday whooo) with a Computer Science / Art-ish
degree.

-What are your projects?
-I'd love to make a 3D animated short or a webcomic in my own time.



-Can you tell us about your blog/website? (How did it started, etc..)
-I started my Tumblr (http://michichen.tumblr.com) in December just to motivate myself to draw more -- it kinda worked!  Recently I joined DeviantArt as well (http://michelle-chen.deviantart.com).

-What inspires you (artists, movies, etc..)?
-I'm inspired by campy 80's culture, electro pop, and hard working people.  Two other featured FML artists, loish and ravenskar, are
actually some of my favorites :]

-They also are some of our favorites too ! What makes you laugh the most?
-Extremely lame jokes and puns.

-Why did you choose this FML?
-Probably because I was hungry.



-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Oh do I ever.  One time when I was in high school, I was waiting in the car while my mom went shopping.  I saw my friend and her family walking past me in the parking lot and I opened the door to say hi -- little did I know, she had locked the car with her remote control, which activates the alarm upon an attempt to open a door and re-locks all doors.  So I ended up trapped in a blaring car, pressing my face to the window while everyone ran inside to find my mother and I very quickly died of embarrassment, haha.

 


That is a FML moment. Thank you for your delicious illustration
Michelle ma belle !

Michelle’s website : http://michichen.tumblr.com If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, who's still in London with Simon, who will tell you what you have to do!

#547 - Illustrated FML - On 07/24/2010 at 4:54am by FML team - 9 comments

FML feat. Smokey

Hello everybody, we hope you're all in a good shape. So, what happened this week that we could mention in this introduction? Spain won the World Cup, we will never eat octopus again, Andy's going to college and Fergie is getting over you. Now let's get back to our art related stuff. In June, we were contacted by a young artist, we didn't know her before but we instantly liked her. A month later, she’s now on FML, and here is her interview:

 

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Emily Block

-(Side note: She's still, she's still Emily from the Block!) How old are you?
-Twenty-two!

-Where do you live?
-I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but I'm currently living
and working in Beijing, China.

-What are your projects?
I've got an ongoing illustration gig for sessionsfromthebox.com where I do a band illustration every two weeks or so, and I'm also working on a major comic project for another band in Portland. I've got a full-time job and a new house to furnish, so I don't have much time for anything else, though I do try to keep my blog updated with sketches or autobiographical comics about my life here in Beijing.

 

 

-What inspires you?
-Everything about Miyazaki films, Craig Thompson's brushwork, Doug TenNapel's brushwork, the Scott Pilgrim comics, Octopus Pie, Kate Beaton's comics... light-hearted stories with great characters and hints of drama... and I always have the urge to document in comic form all the strange and wonderful things I encounter daily here in China or back home.

-What makes you laugh the most?
Anything from Bill Cosby’s stand-up to Robot Chicken's montage of guys getting hit in the crotch, honestly! I am easily amused.

 

-Why did you contact us and why did you choose this FML story?
-My decision-making process went like "Illustrated FML? Why not?" I chose this FML because A) it wasn't about your parents walking in on something embarrassing, mis-sent text messages, or waking up next to the wrong person for once, and B) it gave me an opportunity to inform the world that people in giant face-covering suits can't really be trusted.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Not mine, but a coworker's: My coworkers and I were ordering some spicy noodle soup at a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The waiter came to the table with our bowls. He had his thumb in mine. My coworkers spent the entire lunch speculating how long it had been since he'd washed his hands, and asking me how my "poop noodles" tasted. FML

 

Yami. Thank you for this great anecdote and for your awesome comic!

 

Emily's website: http://www.fortunecookiecomics.com/emily/
Emily's livejournal: http://eblocky.livejournal.com/

 

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

#526 - Illustrated FML - On 07/16/2010 at 12:36pm by FML Team - 4 comments

Watch the birdie on FML

It's so hot around here that we can't stand it, we're starting to stick to the furniture and our underwear is chafing our delicate bodies, so how are we supposed to write a decent introduction in these conditions? We tried to write it from the fridge, but we were kicked out by the yoghurt pots. We then tried to write it from the freezer, but we were kicked out by Granny. And we also tried to sneak into our neighbor's pool, but we were kicked out by his charmingly noisy wife, kids and a basset-hound called Dennis.
So now here we are, all covered in sweat, but still trying to properly interview today's artist in these difficult conditions:


-What's your name and surname?
-Jihye  Lee

-How old are you?
-21 years old

-Where do you live?
-I live in Los Angeles, CA (side note: lucky girl)

-What do you do for a living?
-Still a student! But I do the occasional freelance job or commission when I need to buy myself some video games :)

 

-What's your story?
-I am currently a student of Art Center College of Design, set to graduate in less than 6 months alongside countless other talented artists. My goals are to get into the gaming industry, become an art professor, and to be rich. Not necessarily in that order. :)

-What are your projects?
-Working on my senior project and portfolio....My bank account hurts just thinking about it.

-Can you tell us about your website JihyeLee.com?
-The domain name JihyeLee.com was surprisingly available, so.......I grabbed it. And that's...how it started. :|

 

-What inspires you ?
-The people around me. Artists and non-artists, friends and family. Everyone's a cartoon character in their own way.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-That smiling Chihuahua on YouTube.

-Why did you choose this FML?
-I couldn't believe that someone didn't think of the worst-case scenario when putting a bird on their head. Really?

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

Today, my mom called me while I was out with my boyfriend and yelled loudly enough for him to hear, "HEY! WHAT ARE THOSE PORN SITES YOU GO TO, AGAIN?" FML



(Seriously, what were they? We need them to... Erm, compare their logos :| )
Thanks for your illustration Jihye, if we did learn something today it would be the following leitmotiv: "it's good to shut our mouths from time to time" !

 

Jihye Lee's not porn website: http://jihyeleeart.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. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with sweaty Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#519 - Illustrated FML - On 07/09/2010 at 9:53am by FML Team - 6 comments

FML walks the dog

Hello everybody! We hope you had a great week and that you're ready for today's special interview, because we will not be providing you with our usual kind of interview, the sort that could've taken place on skype, gmail or SearchYourLove. Tucker Rzepecki, today's artist has already been welcomed to our website in a previous illustration, so we decided to give you another kind of article. Here's the interview between our special reporter Alice and the very unique Tucker!

 

 

 

 

Tucker's website ou have to visit: http://www.rzielabs.com/

 

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

#512 - Illustrated FML - On 07/03/2010 at 5:28am by FML Team - 3 comments


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