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Jealous FML

We LOVE today's artist. And maybe if we weren't already in a relationship with Sue Sylvester (but shh, that's a secret), we would marry her right now in Las Vegas or Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, we're still undecided. She's young, pretty, etc. AND she's very talented, that's why when we contacted her, we were a bit stressed out that our teeth weren't white enough, or that our hair looked bad. Fortunately, she answered -we cried a little bit-, she said she was interested by doing an illustrated FML -we cried a little bit more-, and then she sent us her illustration -we laughed. And now here's her interview!


What's your name?
-Viet-My Bui (side note: it's pronounced "Viet-Mee Buoy")


-How old are you?
-Just turned 22!

-Where are you?
-Melbourne, Australia.


-What do you do for a living?
-I'm a full time student.  I help out my parents at our family bakery, and I also tutor little kids.  Other than that, I do freelance work in my spare time!

 

-Autobiography time: GO!
-Not much of a story. :P  I've always loved art & design and I was drawing from a very early age.  It wasn't until my last year of highschool that it really hit me that I wanted to do art for the rest of my life.  Things didn't go down too well with my parents, though, who hold very traditional Asian values.  So off I went to university.  I'm in my fourth year of a double degree at the moment, Commerce/Law (Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws), at the University of Melbourne.  I hate it. :P  And every day I look forward to graduating so that I can finally pursue my dreams.  And in the meantime, I'll draw whenever I can.

-What will be your next projects?
-I have an ongoing personal project called the Raven Revival Project.  It's about growth as an artist and a person, using my character Raven as the main subject.  Other than that... not much!  Lots of ideas but no time to bring them to fruition just yet.  And then, of course, commissions.

-What is inspiring to you ?
-I'm most inspired by four main areas: colour combinations, photography, fashion and music.  I've always been greatly attracted to colours and seeing them used in a vibrant or unusual way always makes me want to draw.  It also ties into my love for photography and fashion, as colours (as well as shape & form) play a huge role in the execution of those disciplines.  I love portrait photography, with its clarity, depth & emotion.  I love looking at the human face in all its different forms.  Fashion inspires me because of the concepts that go behind the creation of the pieces, as well as they way the colours/shapes/cuts are brought together to create an outfit.  Finally, music plays an important role in my creativity.  It really influences my mood and ideas, and sometimes I create a specific playlist if I'm aiming for a certain mood to my piece.  I enjoy a really wide range of music, anything from classical and instrumental, to metal and indie.

 

-What makes you laugh the most?
-The important people in my life.  I'm proud to say that all the people I love have amazing senses of humour, and spending time with them always cracks a smile on my face.  Apart from that, I find great hilarity in watching stupid YouTube clips.  And Ross Noble.
 
-Why did you choose this FML?
-I was just browsing through random FMLs and this popped up on the top of my screen.  I found it more ridiculous than funny, but then I thought it would be fun to portray the FML in a completely different (and somewhat cynical) light.  Maybe the guy's wife has a right to 'flip out'!
 
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Hah yeah.  This happened a couple of months ago.  I was walking down the hill from my house one day, when a car approached me.  The guys were probably no older than 18 and driving WAY too fast in a neighbourhood area.  Realising they were driving too close to the side of the road and weren't going to slow down, I was forced to jump aside onto what I thought was a patch of overgrown grass.  Turned out it was covering a deep-ass muddy ditch; I fell face first.  Best part of it all?  They stopped the car next the side of the road for the sheer purpose of jeering and laughing at me, before driving away.  FML!



 

Naughty boys. We would never do something like that to you. Because we love you too much -oops, we said it <3. Thank you Viet-My for your participation and keep up the good work !

 

Viet-My's DA: http://ravenskar.deviantart.com/
Viet-My's blog: http://ravenskar.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 Lady Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

 


#505 - Illustrated FML - On 06/25/2010 at 5:10pm by FML Team - 16 comments

F .. SURPRISE ! ... ML

..... SURPRISE! You’re surprised aren't you? You seem baffled. You didn't think we would be here, on this wonderful Saturday to present a new artist to you didn't you? Thought so. Even though we don’t like to blow our own trumpet, we have to admit, we're marvelous. We love surprises. From birthday parties to funeral pyres, we're here to create a special event to blow our friends' mine. The friends being you. The event being the Saturday illustrated FMLs. So slip on your favorite cardigan, pour yourself some peppermint tea, relax, and read on.

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Eric Cobain "Cobainiac". I'm 29
(Side note: years-old? gallons? We'll probably never know.)


-Where do you live?
-Los Angeles, CA.

-What is your profession?
-Freelance art. For the past 6+ years, I've been making merchandise art for the music industry. (logos, shirts, albums, flyers...) I also am a Flash Animator. I've got a few websites online, and have been working on an online cartoon miniseries. At the beginning of the year I started working for the comic book industry. I've been working for Boom! Studios working with their Disney licensed books. (The Muppet Show, Toy Story, Donald Duck...) I also just started working on a few new projects I'm not allowed to talk about, yet.

-Can you tell us more about your life?
-See above

-What are your next projects?
-See above


-Your website www.COBAINIAC.com is … pretty special!
-My site is a fully interactive flash site made to show off my art and flash talents at the same time. I've got a pretty fun little zombie game on the homepage. I've been swamped this year, so I'm going to be adding everything 2010 in the next couple weeks. Check it out. It's a good time.
(Side note: watch out, this website is not for children, you've been warned.)


-What inspires you?
-I love cartoons, obviously. I grew up watching the Simpson's, religiously.  When I got a little older, I started going to Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Film Festival. That made me look at cartoons in a whole different way after that. I saw the first ever South Park there, way before comedy central picked them up. Up until then, I didn't realize there could be a dark side to cartoon humor. After that, I pretty much appreciate anything that's truly over the top. I like when movies and music push the limits.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-I have a sick sense of humour. The more shocking the joke, the more I can appreciate it.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-I've actually often thought of this scenario. Just the thought that it really happened cracks me up.


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-They all involve working in restaurants. Check out my comic series- "I HATE THIS F&$%ing Job" on my facebook page.
Here's one though. One night a lady asked me what was in the Chinese chicken salad. I let her know it had chicken, oriental dressing, vegetables, and a few other things. She looked me dead in the eye and as serious as she could be, she said,"vegetables?!? Who puts vegetables in a salad?!?"

 

FYL. And FHL for being such a carnivore. Thank you Eric for your illustrated FML!

 

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 loved the surprise her friends did for her birthday, seriously, the song was awesome and the moustache cake almost raised Freddie from the dead) who will tell you what you have to do!

#498 - Illustrated FML - On 06/18/2010 at 3:43pm by FML Team - 5 comments

In & Out & FML

Hello, we love you, won't you tell us your names? It's been a week since we impregnated a dog, football (or soccer for our friends in the US) is now washing over our cortexes like a strange mind-numbing multicoloured fog, and we can't wait to see the forthcoming movie called "Two girls, one world cup". Summer has begun and the sunshine is brightening our days, except for today, as we're welcoming a new artist from the United Kingdom. Ladies, gentleman, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, take your umbrella-ella-hey-hey and help us to welcome today's artist!

 

 
- Good morning! Can you present yourself to the FML audience?
-My name's Luke Pearson. I'm 22 years old.


-We know you're from the great country which invented the Beatles and moustaches, but where do you live exactly?
-I live in Tamworth.

-What's your job?
-I've just finished a 3 year illustration degree at Loughborough University. I'm hoping that 'being an illustrator and comic book artist' can be what I do for a living.

-What's your story?
-I've always had it in my head that I wanted to draw and make pictures in some way or another for a living. Illustration was the most appealing to me out of the various paths I could have taken, which is why I took the aforementioned course. In the last year or so I've really been getting back into drawing comics, which is what I spent a vast amount of my childhood doing. The response to what I've been doing has been really good, so I'm hoping I can keep that going, keep improving and get a load of stuff out there.

 


-What are your projects?
- I keep a series of sketchbooks that I'm constantly drawing in and churning out ideas. I do self-initiated illustrations and comics when I want to try something new or get a fun idea and from now on will probably be constantly on the lookout for commissioned work. I've recently done stuff for various anthologies and small press publications such as a comic and the cover art for Solipsistic Pop 2, and a piece for Nobrow 3 with a bunch of other stuff coming up. I'm also working on my first properly published solo comic which will be out in November.

-Can you tell us more about your website?
-My website basically acts as a stream of all the work I do and as a hub to my other web haunts like Flickr, DeviantArt and tumblr. You can view my illustrations and comics there within the same stream or separately, although I'm thinking about having a designated site for my comics work and a more professional portfolio site.

 

 

-What inspires you?
-I'm inspired by quite a broad range of stuff. Chris Ware and James Kochalka are probably my favourite comic book artists (currently). It's pointless listing the stuff though, because the comics, films, books and music I've consumed and enjoyed most recently nearly always seeps into what I'm doing at the time, so it's a never ending snowball of influences. The best way to see some of the imagery I like is to check out my tumblr which acts as a personal scrapbook of inspiration, with my own work mixed in http://lukeperson.tumblr.com/ .

-What makes you laugh the most?
-What makes me laugh most is the ridiculous ins and outs of everyday life. The weird, awkward little turn/greeting that two acquaintances walking towards each other on one side of the street will do. They really don't want to stop and chat but have to acknowledge the meeting and look like they kiiind of want to chat but are actually really in a hurry and literally can't spare a single minute. That kind of thing.



-Why did you choose this FML?
-I chose this FML because it had literally no visual cues in it, so my imagination could run wild. To be fair, it didn't really run that wild in the end, but the thought still kind of makes me laugh.


- Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
- No, nothing bad or funny ever happens to me.

 


 
Yeah, right, someone's nose is going to get bigger and bigger today! Thank you Luke for your great comic!

Luke's 100% British website: http://lukeperson.tumblr.com

#484 - Illustrated FML - On 06/10/2010 at 5:23am by FML Team - 10 comments

My FML best friend

Hello folks, how are you today? Not too sad that 24, Lost and the Cyanide & Happiness month all ended? Well, everything has an end my dear friend. as much as everything has a start! And let's start today's article shall we? Mike Jacobsen, our very unique Australian artist of the week, was on one of our top 5 favourite webcomics for over a year before we dared to contact him. And then we were lucky enough to interview him on Skype. And here we are:

 

Mike Jacobsen: Am I waiting for a question?
FML: Yes you are, but we lost the file with all the questions we're supposed to ask you.
Mike Jacobsen: I'll busy myself formulating incredibly amusing and totally fabricated answers...
FML: Okay, let's start it anyway. So Mike, how old are you?
Mike Jacobsen: 35. I think I'm probably the oldest person you've interviewed! But I think the child in me is still well and truly alive. Which of course is a mature way of saying I'm immature.


FML: Yes, you might be the oldest artists we've had, but don't worry, we don't publish mature artists. Where do you live?
Mike Jacobsen: In Canberra, which most people probably won't know is the capital of Australia. It's like a large, boring country town, which sucks the life out of everyone who lives here.
FML: What's your job in Canberra then?
Mike Jacobsen: Graphic designer/art director at an advertising agency. It's a pretty cool place - we have ping-pong - but the work is pretty soulless, so I rely on what I do out of work hours to keep me happy. I think I'm really lucky to have something that I actually love doing in my free time - it's just a pity I can't do it all day! PS - I'm putting ping-pong champion on my next resumé.

FML: So, now tell us about your story. "Once upon a time ..."
Mike Jacobsen: Ok. Once upon a time, there was an extremely handsome young boy named Mike who loved drawing. He studied graphic design in an attempt to channel his passion for drawing into something commercially viable, but found himself designing things like annual reports for the government, and brochures about caring for chronically ill people. So he started drawing cartoons and putting them on the web, and all of a sudden he realised there was a whole world out there of like-minded people who liked his stuff! And he realised that was what he should be doing full time... so he's working on it. (I got carried away)

 

 


FML: (that's better this way) What about your next projects?
Mike Jacobsen: Well there's always my websites seemikedraw and theurf.com, which I do with a friend of mine, but they've taken a back seat lately. I've been working on quite a large project with a couple of friends for about a year and a half now. It's an animated show, but I can't really say much else about it. I hate saying that - it's what people say when they have a project that's going nowhere but they want it to sound like it's something 'big'. Anyway, maybe it'll go somewhere, maybe it won't - the main thing is that it gives us something to hope for...until our hopes are brutally crushed and we move on to the next project. Oh, and doing this cartoon for FML inspired me to do one for seemikedraw - the first in AGES! So thanks :)

FML: You're 100% welcome. Can you tell us more about your blog, like why did you create it, etc.
Mike Jacobsen: I'm constantly scribbling cartoons so I figured I'd put a few up on a blog and see what happened. It got a pretty good response which encouraged me to keep it regular, and I got a few good jobs out of it too. I've also offended a lot of people. One day I topped reddit which was a thrill for me. But as always things get in the way and it's slowed down a lot. But I'll keep it going when I can.

 

 


FML: What inspires you? (artists, books, movies  ...)
Mike Jacobsen: I love it when someone sees the world in a way that hasn't occurred to me. Preferably if they see it in a skewed way. I've been watching a lot of old Futurama lately as inspiration for my show - it's just so cleverly written and I'm constantly thinking "how the hell did they come up with that?» Art, books, movies, anything that makes me aspire to something more than what I'm currently doing.


FML: What makes you laugh the most?
Mike Jacobsen: Animals. I think one of the C&H guys said the same. It's the fact that they're so oblivious to the reasons we think they're funny. Animals in clothing always gets me. I think it started back when I first saw a classic old movie called Top Secret, where they put a cow in gumboots. Oh, and midgets. Midgets are funny.


FML: And last question but not the least, why did you choose this FML story ?
Mike Jacobsen: It was short and brutal - all the makings of a good FML story! I originally wanted the dog to be pregnant, but I usually tend to go a bit too far so I toned it down and just made it a case of the girl being a bit dim-witted. Besides, some smarty-pants would've pointed out the fact that a human can't actually impregnate a dog.

 

Reality sucks. Anyway, that's it, thank you Mike for both the illustration and the interview!

 

See Mike Draw at http://seemikedraw.wordpress.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 <3 , who will tell you what you have to do!

 

 

Here's the proof Mike likes strange combinations.

#477 - Illustrated FML - On 06/04/2010 at 4:09pm by FML Team - 16 comments

Cyanide & Happiness' month: part five

As that rubbish band from the sixties droned on about, this is the end. For a whole month, FML had the pleasure of having the Cyanide & Happiness guys over to stay, the month of May is almost over, so let's have a little more fun shall we?
Sure, it's a great plan. Why do we still see those faces here? Did you think that there were only 4 guys running Explosm? Nay forsooth My Lord, there's a fifth one, and he's as crazy as the others. Enjoy my friends.

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Chase Suddarth, but my friends call me "Sir."


-How old are you?
-I am twenty three and two thirds. My training wheels came off last week!


-Where do you live?
-I'm located in Arizona, but I wouldn't call that living am I right people? Because it's hot. It's fucking hot. Don't live here.

-What do you do for a living?
-I animate to bring home the bacon. When I'm not working with the Explosm guys on the animated Cyanide and Happiness shorts, I'm panicking over a weekly deadline at College Humor. Animators have it rough, let me tell ya. While most people focus on petty problems like feeding their kids and basic sanitation, animators are facing the tough questions. Is it funnier if we don't show the flaming monkey on screen? When sucked into a jet engine, how much blood is too much? How many veins is too many? These are all examples of how important my job really is. And for shits, I've animated the following cartoon characters having sex.
-Scooby Doo and Daphne
-Wilma and a live-action guy (It got cut!)
-George Jetson and Rosie
-Ganondorf and Zelda
-Iron Man's mask and Pepper Potts
-David Hasselhoff and David Hasselhoff


-What's your story? (School, job...)
-I was once a poor, poor child. My mother died giving birth, I never knew my father. It was a grim start for ol' young Chase. Sister Mary tells me I was minutes away from death when she discovered me. I was taken back to the monastery where I was cleaned and fed for the first time. It wasn't long before she and the other nuns discovered my birthmark, changing my life forever. For the next 13 years I became trained in the art of popeing. The lord was the only family I needed, especially since "Sacred Chosen One" pays pretty damn good (God bless the collection plate!). Being next in line for Pope has its advantages! There's a lot more to it than walking onto a balcony and waving. You think the hat is that big to look fancy? It's the single most advanced piece of technology in the world. The pope-mobile has more in common with the batmobile than just a cool name. Nuns, Priests, and Cardinals all had to do as I said. If you haven't seen a nun pummeled in joust by Laser, you haven't lived. That kind of power leads to some dark places too... I'm not going to say what happened, but I hope you can one day forgive me Cardinal Richards. It went too far, I know that now. Anyway, around my 13th birthday I discovered I had the ability to think. So, naturally, I left the church. You'd think it would be rough for a 13 year old to live on his own, but I had prepared for this. One quick trip to NASA allowed me to sell the Pope's space plans that bought me the mansion I live in to this day. It was here that I discovered television. I decided to finally be happy and join the Simpson family. After finding out the Simpsons were a fictional family, I fired my cleaning staff and decided to make my own cartoons. They sucked, so now I make other people's cartoons. Sometimes I still think about returning to the monastery and finishing my training. I mean, at least if I were pope I wouldn't be covering up a bunch of kid fucking.


-What are your projects?
-I love working on David Forgets in my free time. It's a live-action series David Sapp and I created that lets us go pretty crazy creatively. David is a beer loving man-child who lives with his good friend Chase, who is large and absolutely hates David. We have a lot of fun mixing stupid and zany with dark and tragic. For the few fans that still exist out there, we're working on it as much as we can in our free time! It's frustrating to not have the time to work on it regularly, but we're dedicated to the idea and we fully intend to see it through (DavidForgets.com is about 70% ready!). You might recognize David and I as the blue guy and the green guy (respectively) in Beer Run. David brings his amazing scream back in Speed Racist and you can hear me as Sad Larry's cocky tie-wearing friend.


-Can you tell us about your role in Cyanide&Happiness? (How did it start, etc...)
-I showed some comics to Chris Wilson (He changed it to Kris after he became a big shot) many years ago. He told me they were "alright," and then the bastard disappears. I think, "huh, I guess he was a big jerk after all," and go about my days. I even toyed with a few different stick figure styles while I honed in on my comic brilliance, so you know what Mr. Big Shot Wilson does? He gets some of his asshole, rat bastard friends to sign their names on my comics and they start making it big through MySpace. After being legally silenced by those sons of bitches for 3 years they decided to pay me and now we're friends.


-What inspires you (artists, movies, etc...)?
-Good comedy writing and performances. Some of my favorites are The Simpsons, George Carlin, Conan O'Brien, Tenacious D, Arrested Development, Futurama, Always Sunny, The Office (USA, sorry but Steve Carell is the best!), 30 Rock, South Park, Kenny Vs. Spenny, Rocko's Modern Life, and probably 200 more I'm forgetting.


-What makes you laugh the most?
-I once saw an elderly man slip and fall backwards on the sidewalk. Out of everyone there I laughed the most.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-I've never seen a girl naked and I thought it might be fun to draw.


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share with us?
-I was taking a shit on my solid gold toilet when I ran out of hundreds. I had to finish wiping with my Forbes magazine and what's worse is my Rolex fell into the bowl when I went to flush! I mean, it still worked after Rosalita took it to the cleaners, but still! FML.

 

What? Naked girls really exist? Anyway, thank you for your participation Chase!

 

Once again, don't forget to visit Explosm: http://www.explosm.net/

#470 - Illustrated FML - On 05/28/2010 at 9:15am by - 16 comments


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