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Caturday at FML !

Pa-paws, tiny whiskers, cute little pink noses, the incessant purring, it's definitely a holy Caturday! Cats are just so freaking cute, we couldn't wait for an artist to illustrate an FML about a cat so we could talk about cats, look at pictures of cats, and search for cats on Google and YouTube. Oh, and kitties! How could we forget about those little angels? Have you ever slept with a cat on your stomach? Or have you ever taken a look at this lolcats website ? Have you ever wanted to be a cat? Because a cat's the only cat who knows where it's at! Ok, furry time is over. Let's welcome our very unique illustrator of the day, Shouri!


Shouri's full name is María Victoria Robado. Her mom's side of the family traditionally names its girls María + another name, so turning up to their home asking for 'María' is not going to get you anywhere. She started to use Shouri as her nickname when another Victoria joined her class in school. She was studying Japanese at the time, so people just started calling her that, and it stuck. Now everyone (from her friends, her boyfriend, to her uni professors and coworkers) calls her Shouri. Today, we will call her V.
V is 23 years old but looks 17, apparently. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It's a really big city (~14M habitants, depending on which areas you include), usually nicknamed 'the Paris of Latin America', for its architecture and because they are all a bunch of European descendants. If you want to go somewhere to eat good food, this is the place to go. They speak a very particular dialect of Spanish that has many Italian undertones, so people usually compliment them for their accent.
V went to the same school all her life, and as soon as she graduated she signed up for uni/graphic design. She had always been torn between a career in art or astronomy, but she went for art because she didn't have a good maths/physics basis from school, even though she loved it. She didn't go for Fine Arts because she loved the technical side of Graphic Design, and was afraid she would end up as an art teacher, because of how things are in Argentina, and everywhere else. The fact that she lives in a not-first-world country has given her a sense of wanting to fight using who she is, and not take things for granted, so she's doing her best to overcome problems here and there to go for what she wants in life.

 


Now she is a freshly graduated Graphic Designer, wanna-be illustrator. She hasn't made up her mind on what area of GD she wants to work in, so right now she is a bit all over the place, mostly doing web design and helping with branding here and there. She is also a T.A. in her university in the computer department, teaching Graphic Design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, that kind of stuff). It's kind of different from the American idea of a T.A. though; she doesn't grade papers but she walks around the class helping the students and answering questions, occasionally giving a special class on specific subjects. But as she doesn't really want to be a professor all her life, she is looking for different, exciting jobs, all the while keeping her personal projects on track. At this exact moment, she is waiting for a reply on a job she has been offered, so keep your fingers crossed for her!
Aside from going to school in the States and working somewhere fun, V has a couple of personal projects going on. Right now the one that's online is Springiette a cute and silly webcomic about friendship that she updates weekly. It's a gag-a-week series of strips with subtle and silly humor, and cute characters. On the making are: What the Muffin : it started as an old dolling forum and now she is turning it into a cooking blog. And several comics that she has been writing (and rewriting a lot!) and she will start drawing as soon as she feels ready.


V main site has been around since 2003. It started off as a place to showcase her (beware it's going to be ridiculously cute) pixel dolls! She even used to draw pixel dolls almost every day. All that practice and fun in the dolling community made her realize she wanted to pursue a career in art. Later she decided to separate her dolling site from her main one, hoping to turn it into a serious online portfolio, so now it's a little portal for her different online endeavors. Other blogs/sections are her sketchblog and her DeviantArt.

V's dream would be to draw comics for a living, and carry on her projects professionally. She is doing her best to be able to go to the States to get a Masters in Illustration design. It would be an awesome experience, especially since it allows her to be closer to her boyfriend who lives there. V wants to have people fall in love with her work (we fell in love, dear) the same way she has fallen in love with so many other artists' works (Sailor Moon for example, how about that?). Our special guest loves creativity, and loves learning new tools to use for her ideas and get her projects going on. One of the coolest things about Graphic Design is that you need to learn stuff everyday in order to be able to convey an accurate message (for example, you can't design a good brand for medicine products before learning what those products do and who they are for). She's also a big nerd, who loves to learn new things, so it is all intertwined.

 


"- Ya casi es hora de despedirse V, why did you choose this FML?
-It was really hard, because I have so many favorite ones. When I read that one, I automatically imagined a cat talking and stealing the car himself. I love the fact that now the internet is filled with photos of lolcats and cute animals, so that's where my mind went the first time I read that particular FML.
- And why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-I've been following FML from the beginning, reading it every day and sharing my favorite stories with my friends. When I saw you had a section for illustrated FMLs I thought "I want to do it!" but I waited because I'm ridiculously shy and I wasn't sure if I would be able to. But now I'm all giddy that I did, thanks!"

 

Thanks to you Marie Victoria, Shouri, V, for offering us a Caturday illustration :3 !

 

Shouri's main website: http://www.shouri.com.ar/

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 our lovely Alice, who is in love with her chatoune, who will tell you what you have to do!

#372 - Illustrated FML - On 03/03/2010 at 4:06am by FML Team - 10 comments

RIP FML

How to respect a dead person, lesson one: remember that he's dead. It might be obvious for some of us but not for everybody. How to apologize to the dead for being disrespectful? You don't! It's a trap guys, he's dead, don't send him a " I'm sorry" card with a bear cub holding a big red heart on it, he won't read it anytime soon, he's too busy playing cricket with whoever there is up there. Dead people you can have fun with: Beetlejuice, the Addams family, zombies (and while you're at it, ask them what's in their head), Britney Spears' career. Short list, isn't it? So don't risk hurting an un-alive person, let's die laughing thanks to our today's artist Maxime Dupont!

 

Maxime, our 24 year old artist from Taillan, France, is actually about to move to Africa where he's been planning to go for years. Since he was a kid, Maxime knew he was born to travel all around the world, so once he graduated from high school, a freelance artist he decided to be, to be able to travel as much as possible. And now he's made enough money to remake "Around the World in Eighty Days", he packed, and signed his last French comic for us, lucky FML viewers, before the boat takes his car and leads him to a brand new world. We're doing it Carlito's way, starting by the ending. Let's take it from the beginning, shall we?

Maxime by Maxime



After high school, where he got his degree in graphic design, specializing in website design, Maxime got into ESMI, a French school specialized in illustration and animation. The director of this school bumped into Maxime when he was a little kid, he showed her his illustrations, hoping to just get the opinion of a professional. She did more than tell him what she thought about his work; she gave him the address of the high school he could go to, and gave him evening classes so he could able to one day apply to her school. Maxime is deeply grateful to this lady, who is the first to have believed in him and his work.


As for Maxime's website, it's problematic! For two years now, this young artist has been running a DA account that he fills with all the drawings he's made with his magical right hand, and as time goes by, he erases them. When he feels he progressed, he checks his old work and if he's not as happy with them as he used to be, he simply deletes them, and his DA viewers can only savor his brand new illustrations. You think there's not enough work to savor his talent for now? Be patient guys! Maxime is currently creating his own website where he swears he will be publishing his new AND old creations! He's aware once he will has finished his website, a lot of people will get to know him better, so it's pushing him to create the best illustration site ever.

Julie, Maxime's fiancée


What Maxime likes in life are simple things that made his life like walking on sunshine: he likes to paint with his fiancée Julie, and do comics, basically. His real pleasures are those moments where he sits with a notebook on his knees and a Chinese ink pencil and then draws what's around him, slowly, taking the time to enjoy the moment. You'll see how much Maxime likes to take his time to work; his drawings are filled with details, little anecdotes. Doing better each time is what fills his passion.

"-Between two suitcases here's our last question Max, why did you choose to take part in the illustrated FMLs with this particular story?
-I was reading all the FML stories, one by one. When I saw this one, I immediately had in mind the drawing I wanted to make. Drawing a cemetery was a first and so I decided to take up the challenge. Also, I just finished my studies and I wanted to keep a regular work rhythm. FML is the ideal website for an artist to be free with the style, the techniques, the story he wants. And them, you're reading by a lot of people, that is definitely cool. Plus, taking part in a universal artists' collective was a unique chance I couldn't pass by
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We're glad you didn't! Thanks for your participation Maxime and bon voyage!

 

Maxime's DA is here:http://or--ange.deviantart.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 our lovely Alice, who would like to thank Christophe and Audrey for their support, who will tell you what you have to do!

 

#365 - Illustrated FML - On 02/26/2010 at 12:06pm by FML Team - 17 comments

FML all over your face

It's here, it's big, it's red, it's frankly ugly, and tonight you have a party. Welcome to Pimple Island; population: the rest of what used to be your face. What are you going to do? Cover it with some make-up? Are your friends going to see it? Will their eyes be riveted on the F(orbidden)-Spot? That's what we'll find out thanks to a pimple-monster specialist: Shane Hillman !


Today's artist is a fresh 25 year old guy from Seabrook, Texas, USA. He was born in Canada where he lived for the first 10 years of his childhood. During this time, 80s films and cartoons had a huge impact on his aspirations for drawing and creating little creatures that existed only in his mind. When his family moved to Houston, Texas, Shane found some other friends who also drew and slowly developed his skills. Throughout the years, he started posting on art forums and finding plenty of competition and inspiration. At first, he basically traced and ripped off other artists. Shane is not ashamed to admit this as it really helped him learn the fundamentals of illustrating and story-telling. At 17, he dropped out of College and put a primary focus on his art career. His daily routine would be to sit in front of his desk and draw for 10 hours a day. After a few months, a style started to emerge, which helped him grow as a person and define who he is. Shane started to get gigs around 19-20 and everything else is history. Slowly, this style kept growing into its own entity, something that was completely unique. He is not however where he wants to be at this point in his life. Our young artist always wants to push further and remain uncomfortable but he is very proud of how his style has been slowly developing over the years and eventually into the future.

 

Now, Shane does many different types of freelance work. He has spent time working on children's books/novels, working on gig posters and on plenty of comic book projects. He always loves to try new things, like screen printing and sculpting, and would love to eventually get into vinyl figures and animation. His favorite thing to do is illustrate monsters in his moleskin sketchbook, which are truly convincing. He has a steady collection of 50 or so and now and it is constantly growing. Doing this always keeps him fresh minded and inspired.
Honestly? Shane is doing exactly what he loves. This was his dream job when he was a child and now he draws all day! He first got his break around 19 and he has been heading upwards ever since. Going to ComiCon and other small press conventions allowed him to meet plenty of people with the same mindset as him. Now, some of his best friends are illustrators as well. They always help keep him motivated and inspired to try new things and push himself as hard as he can. From a career stand point, he never thought he would get gigs drawing monsters or crazy gig posters for Grammy winning bands. Drawing anything from a mini comic, to a fully illustrated children's novel or to a gig poster for a local Houston band always keeps things fresh and different. Honestly, the variety of things you can do in the illustration field is almost endless. There is always something new to try or observe. As for what he would like to do in the future, he would like to try to get into animation. In his eyes, animation is the king of all kings when it comes to illustration. This will definitely show up somewhere in his future. He will make that happen, no matter what.

 


Shane is currently working on a few short comics for an art group called Satellite Soda. HHe is also working with Paul Feig on his Ignatius MacFarland book series, which has been an insane pleasure. Another project that has been in the works over the past 3 years is Bruce Hale's Underwhere series. The first three books are out now (Prince of Underwhere, Pirates of Underwhere and Flyboy of Underwhere) and there are three more that are currently on hiatus due to the economy. He really hopes these get picked up again since they were so much fun to work on. Shane confesses he cannot say enough about how much of a pleasure it is to work with Bruce and Paul. There is also a local paper that he does spot illustrations and posters for called Free Press Houston. He recently has been put in charge as the art lead for Free Press Summerfest, a Houston music festival featuring national bands like The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk. He also has many other personal side projects down the line. He has a daily monster sketchbook he is planning on putting out this summer. It will consist of his monsters from his blog plus some bonus monsters and behind the scenes features. He is also planning a mini comic collaboration with Derek Hunter.
His website has been around since 2004 and it was mainly created as a portfolio site. He self taught himself html and web design for the most part. Most of the contracts have been through viewing an illustration on his site, so it has paid off. He doesn't update it as much as he would like to but he tries to update it at least once a quarter. He also has a blog consisting of the daily monsters that he draws as well.

 


"-Almost time to release you Shane. But first, we would like to know what do you like in your life?
-Drawing is my life, first and foremost. If I couldn't draw or illustrate, I would honestly loose part of my soul. It has been such a key element in self therapy and ambition, that it is vital in my survival. Other than illustrating, I enjoy horror/sci-fi films (primarily from the 80's). I enjoy studying and analyzing other people's art work and figuring how to apply their techniques to my own works. I enjoy serigraphy, whenever I get a chance to print, which is not often enough. Video games are a huge vice of mine and have played a key role for inspiration and admiration. Unfortunately, I probably play far too many games than I should. Music is another big part of my inspiration and it ranges from all different genres (except country! Bleh!). As for food, I pretty much like everything but I have a huge preference towards Asian cuisine. I also enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, who has become the biggest inspiration to me in the past years. She changed my life.
- And why did you choose this FML?
-It was gross. Absolutely gross. And I love gross! Out of most FML entries, the gross ones always make me laugh or cringe. I had to do it.
-Ok! We swear that's the last question: why did you decide to send an illustration to FML?
-I frequent FML quite often for the quick laugh and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be part of it. At old day jobs, we would always pick out daily FMLs to help get through long work hours. How could I not pass it up?"

 

And you did not pass it up, we're proud of you; thank you for your participation Shane (it's tentacles tiiiiiime)!

Shane's monstrous website is here: http://www.shanehillman.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 our lovely Alice, who will tell you what you have to do!

#358 - Illustrated FML - On 02/19/2010 at 3:36pm by FML Team - 12 comments

Free FML hugs!

Awww, hugs, how cute is that? It's just makes us want to cuddle kitties and listen to Michael Bublé, while eating chocolate mousse in our cozy sofa. Except when testes are involved. Why do people always have to bring up a pair of testicles or phallic figures in every single moment of life? You're on the underground, and a guy takes off his pants (and you know you look like a fool with your pants on the ground etc.); you're in public toilets, and notice that someone drew a male organ on the wall; FML's articles, they always about sexual relationships. It’s everywhere. And to discuss this plague, today we're welcoming Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com's creator!




Matthew, 27 years old, grew up in Idaho, where he confesses people ride cheap beer and throw up tractors on farm animals, or the other way round probably, we don't remember. He then moved to Seattle and finally to Washington, where he's been settled for about 10 years now.
You sure do know Matthew Inman, he runs TheOatmeal.com. You know, he's the guy who does everything for a website; he codes, draws, markets, strokes, bathes, offers it flowers and gropes it all day, every day. He used to make websites for a living, but that sucked harder than something that sucks really hard so he decided to quit. He then created an online dating site in order to make a giant pile of money and get the ladies. The dating site was a success and went on to be one of the most popular free dating sites in the US, and eventually it got acquired by a bigger company, so he took all his ladies and money and decided to make The Oatmeal.  The ladies left because he ate too much mayonnaise and they didn't like how he always mouth-breathed and stared vacantly at the cat. Suffice it to say, the Oatmeal is a solo project again.
Matthew never went to college, and he has been creating things for the web since he was 13 years old. After high school, he moved to Seattle to pursue a career as a web developer. He wrote a lot of (bad) Perl and abused many of his design clients before deciding he didn't want to work with people anymore. After the dating site was a success, he figured he would replicate the method he used to market it but make an entire site dedicated to that. He made his dating site popular through viral quizzes and comics, so he wanted to create a site dedicated to just those, rather than awkwardly fitting them inside the marketing strategy of another company.



Besides the fact he can get all the girls, mayonnaise and cats he wants thanks to his websites, Matthew also loves having the ability to put something together and then minutes later publish it online and get massive amounts of exposure.  His website gets nearly 5 million unique visitors a month and 20 million page views. He also likes being able to translate his personality into bears, unicorns, jelly beans, plague rats, or whatever else makes people laugh.


Right now, TheOatmeal.com is Matthew's main project. The goal with the site was to no longer do anything involved in SEO or web design, and thanks to the power of viral marketing, The Oatmeal has definitely become his full-time job. He got featured on comedy central's website a couple of times and he has been on Digg, Reddit, The Huffington Post, and a bazillion other blogs and website, so no more clients ever again - at least not in the near future. He would love to start creating animated shorts soon, however…
Dating sites, Matt does know what it's all about, you post a profile picture (his comics on this page will be enough), after which you talk about what you like in life, such as rainbows, kitties and tits, (forget the last one, it will be a surprise when you'll see her and her twins on your first date, don't forget to hug them too!). So, what does Matthew like in life?
"Snowboarding, sushi, illustration, and I study Japanese.  I'm also into triathlons and marathon running, and I completed my first half-ironman in August. I also like to eat peanut butter from the jar and brush my toe hair into unique shapes and patterns." Ladies, you better make a move quick, a guy like this won't be single much longer after this article.



"-Oh no! This week's interview is almost finished. Tell us Mat', why did you choose this FML?
-Because I wish we lived in a world where my junk could dangle in the wind, but unfortunately people get all bent out of shape when they see a pair of testicles they didn't expect.  (Get it? "bent out of shape"   DA-DUM-KSH)
- Funny. We got it. Why did you decide to send an illustration to FML?
-I think your site is funny, plus you guys get a buttcraptaco of traffic so the benefit of the exchange seemed mutual. I actually made a comic that used the line FML a few years ago before it had become a meme
: http://mingle2.com/dating/phases "

 

You were made for us, and we were made for you. Thank you Matthew for you participation !

 

Wanna visit a website including dinosaurs, assassin cats, pigs wearing hat, dolphins getting beaten-up? Don't wait a minute more and visit Matthew's awesome website: http://theoatmeal.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 our lovely Alice, who will tell you what you have to do!

#351 - Illustrated FML - On 02/11/2010 at 4:19am by FML Team - 9 comments

FML and his Olisbos

It's not because it's fake that you won't enjoy it. If you think about it, our environment is kind of 90% fake. GMO: fake. Chocolate cigarettes: fake. Jennifer Aniston's nose: fake. Zombies in a horror movie: fake. Simon Cowell's compassion: fake. So, why shouldn't a plastic phallus be in? And by "in" we mean, "in fashion" of course, don't take it in the wrong way. And by "the wrong way" we mean, don't get naughty here. Ok, we're digging ourselves deeper. Ladies, gentleman, Sex and the City fans, please welcome today's artist, Caldwell Tanner!

 

Caldwell is 23. He is a recent transplant to New York City by way of Nashville, TN. Our artist of the day works as an Editorial Illustrator for a website that you all already know, CollegeHumor.com. Thanks to his awesome job, he spends most of his day staring at photoshopped documents and redrawing lines with his wacom tablet.Caldwell has been drawing cartoons ever since he was about 7 or 8. He spent a good year learning how to draw perfect replicas of the entire cast of Sonic the Hedgehog and just kept going from there. However, he didn't really get serious about drawing until he was probably a junior in High School. One of his friends showed him Penny Arcade, the first web comic he ever read, and it more or less changed everything he knew about comic strips. When he went to college, he started drawing comics for the school paper, and eventually online. Occasionally, he would take breaks from drawing to eat bad Chinese food, act in a comedy sketch troupe, and even go to class. Occasionally, of course.



Loldwell, our artist's personal website, has only been around for about 6 months. It is still an internet baby. Please don't speak too loudly as it is trying to take a nap in the other room.When he is not making comics and illustrations for CollegeHumor, Caldwell is making comics and illustrations for Loldwell.com. When he is not doing that, he is designing a giant banner that reads "Caldwell really doesn't do anything other than draw comics." He also has a few secret projects that help keep him from ever getting any sleep.

 

"-Time to find your soulmate Caldwell, tell us more about you, what do you like doing in life for example?
-I love drawing! But when my hand gets too cramped, I also like watching cartoons, reading comics, and falling asleep playing DS. I also love making people laugh, and as long as I people keep finding me funny, I'll stick with that. One day I'd love to actually sit down and draw an entire graphic novel, but for now my attention span has a four-panel maximum.
- And why did you choose this FML?
- I was staring at a list of FMLs and this one jumped out at me visually, for obvious reasons. It was very challenging to illustrate a sex toy store without making the image completely repulsive, but I think I did okay!
- We think you did great. Why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
- Sometimes you just gotta spread the internet love, and I personally can't think of a better way than by illustrating the darkest moment in some stranger's life for all the internet to see
."

 

You sure understood the Internet Caldwell. Thank you for your illustration!

 

Click here to visit an awesome website: http://loldwell.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 told her English teacher to take a look at this article (HELLO MARGARET) who will tell you what you have to do!

#344 - Illustrated FML - On 02/05/2010 at 1:00pm by FML Team - 3 comments


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