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"Today, I walked to the shower of my college dormitory. All the stalls were occupied except for one; I opened it and found out why. One of the girls decided to leave us a "present" in there. FML"

- Why did you choose this FML?
-I picked this story 'cos it happened to me. Yep, it's a crazy world.





And that's how this special illustrated FML started. And now here is the artist's interview!


-First of all, who are you ?
-Ein Lee

-How old are you and where do you live??
-Just turned 19! Currently, I'm in Taiwan. Who knows where I'll be next :P


-What can you tell us about you ?
-Despite being a native of Taiwan, I've spent much of my life overseas, studying in the US and also in Thailand. I've attended 7 schools in my lifetime, which I think is a fair amount considering I'm in my first year of college, but I don't plan to settle down anytime soon. I'm studying foreign language at the moment, and for anyone who's wondering why I'm not in art, well...I don't really know either. Just waiting for the right moment I guess. I've gotten this far in my artistic development with only a bit of high school instruction, so I'll see how much further I can go before I plateau and need to go back and build up from the basics again.
As for my hobby, I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil. While none of my earlier drawings were particularly impressive, I drew constantly--oblivious to all flaws and errors--simply because I loved to. It was only recently that I had really considered becoming an artist by profession, and thankfully I've had some luck finding freelance work!

- So freelance work pays your bills and Reese's?
-I'm still happily leeching off my parents' salaries (I'm a student) but I've been dabbling in some freelance art-related work yes, which has earned me a steady allowance.

-Why do you like drawing this much?
-I enjoy drawing pretty things for satisfaction. Unfortunately that's not what I always get to draw when it comes to work, but you can't always pick and choose! I'm always learning regardless of what it is I'm drawing though, and that's cool. Work for me so far has kind of been like a paid internship.  As for my own stuff, I like to create characters and their stories (other way around is good too) because all artists are creators, right? And what's better than telling a story? I love manga and comics and I'm starting to learn how to draw comics, and I'm determined to improve.


-Are there any big projects you can tell us about?
-Commercial projects: An illustrated storybook of mine was recently published in France, entitled Princesse Pivoine (Princess peony)--great to finally see the fruits of my labor. More recently projects include a comic for an anthology and artwork for iphone applications, both of which are as of yet unreleased. Personal projects: I'm kicking around several comics in my head that I really have to start--sometimes they feel like they're gonna overflow! So yeah, look out for my webcomics.

-What about your website?
-I created my website (which includes my blog) last year in August, because I had some extra time on my hands and wanted an online portfolio to showcase my works (something that wasn't as social networky as dA). My blog is currently just for sharing my random thoughts, but I'll have to find some time to reorganize it and make better use of it. As for my dA account, I created it back in early 2008, and I have it to thank for changing my life, pretty much.

-www.mylife.com/Ilove/EinLee:
-To be honest, I can't say there are many things I'm passionate about except art. I used to be really outgoing and lively, now my brain's just...full of cr--I mean art. Seriously though, I like a lot of the little things, like hanging out, being able to wake up early, playing soccer, watching sunsets, but it's hard to even find time to do those things nowadays with drawing taking up all my spare time. I also like to read blogs, collect artbooks (where most of my money is spent), and shop for shoes.


We love your illustration Ein, thank you for your contribution !

DA: http://einlee.deviantart.com/
Website: http://www.einlee.net/
Email: justkidding@gaymail.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 is in vacation, hooray, , who will tell you what you have to do!
#428 - Illustrated FML - On 04/17/2010 at 5:24am by FML Team - 70 comments

Help us select FMLs!

 

Hi guys,

Every day we get sent a whole bunch of FMLs, and we rely on your help to decide which ones to publish when you guys vote "Yes" or "No" on each one via the Moderate the FMLs form.

We'd like to thank all the moderators who already help us, day in day out, through rain or shine, to select the best stories. It's thanks to you people that the website got to where it is today and is still going strong. And as there are hundreds of you taking part, we are now able to give you a "moderators rank" chart which will show you your ranking amongst the other moderators (if you are logged in when doing so). It's just for fun really, and we sincerely want to thank each moderator, whether they are first or last in the chart, 'cos it's really them guys who make this website so alive and brings us so many lulz each day.

 

PS: as for how the chart placings are calculated, it's a complicated mathematical formula that only Guillaume understands (and we're not even sure that he does:) - so please don't ask us to explain it, otherwise it'll give us another headache.

 

#421 - About FMyLife - On 04/13/2010 at 10:08am by The FML Team - 44 comments

Press to hear me say "FML!"

Hello everybody! Who's in a relationship right now? And who's planning to break up? Before you do, carefully choose the way you're going to make the big announcement. It can be funny or smart, but be sure you select a way that can't be misconstrued. For example, buying a ring with "we should break up" written on it isn't such a good idea, because if you choose a horrible way to say "goodbye my lover", he or she might end up on FML and spill the beans. And it could end up as an illustration. Yep.

- And that's the story you choose Sara, but first, please present yourself to the world.
-I'm Sara Bloem I'm eighteen years old. I'm a whippersnapper! I'm nearly always the youngest person in my class because my birthday is at the end of November.

-Where do you pay your taxes, and, you know, live?
-Currently, because I attend the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), I live in one half of a dorm room in Providence, Rhode Island. But I'm from Olney, Maryland, and went to high school in Rockville. This is what Marylanders like to call the Washington, D.C. area, because most people out of state don't know much about Maryland. But then, if you say you're from D.C. and someone who actually lives in D.C. is around, they'll nail you on it.

 


- "Once upon a time..."?

-I think my mom almost had an aneurysm when I told her that I wanted to take life drawing classes. I was 13, which is when most girls are playing field lacrosse or something, and what I really, really wanted was to draw nude models in a poorly-lit classroom at the local community college. My background is also Mormon, so you know it was a huge leap of faith for my mom to fight to get me into the class, which was for age 16 and up, and then actually drive me there so I could watch and sketch a naked person for three hours in the evenings. After the first class, my mom asked me how it went, which I knew partly meant, "How did you feel about watching someone totally naked, possibly a man, for hours on end?" That night was, in fact, a man, but I don't think I mentioned that; I just remembering assuring her that it was fine and falling asleep in the car. That's how much my mom loves me.
I've lived most of my life in Olney, Maryland, which is a very small town that collectively mourned when its one cinema shut down in 2008. Then I went to high school in Rockville, Maryland, which is a slightly larger city known mostly for being the Rockville of R.E.M.'s "Don't Go Back To Rockville".
Joking aside, I enjoyed high school a lot and dabbled in art during my time there. I was a member of the drama sound tech crew who didn't actually know much about sound technology, but made cool T-shirts with spray paint and stencils that made all the other tech crews jealous. A lot of my summer experiences had to do with art; I volunteered at a lot of day camps and worked at the Hirshhorn for part of a school year. I also took classes with Ms. Ruth Fishman, who inspired me to think differently about art and not see it just as an artist-sits-hand-draws kind of thing.
I didn't take art very seriously until I competed with a team of my friends at the 2008 International Space Settlement Design Competition finals in Houston, Texas. I was on the automations team, but I ended up handling a lot of graphics during the competition. Modeling and illustrating robotics was a total blast for me, and it made me see illustration as a field with so many more possibilities than I had previously considered. I decided to attend the Rhode Island School of Design so that I could pursue that, and I'm reaching the end of my first year here.


-Do you have a job to pay for school?
-I'm lucky in that my parents are paying for my schooling right now. I love you guys!


-What do you enjoy the most about illustrating?
-What I really like about illustration is that it offers the opportunity to synthesize a lot of different ideas - often totally unrelated to art - and then requires that you communicate that synthesis in a way that's appealing, attractive, funny, or clarifying. I love the whole premise of it, making the world a little more interesting and fun and easy to understand. And I enjoy learning, and by translating your learning you can give something back to the world. I'd ultimately like to try art directing. Since there aren't a lot of spots open in that field, though, I'd also like working for any company that ultimately distributes art to a lot of people, like a magazine, a video game company, or an animation studio. I would like my art to be used and appreciated as part of an overall communication strategy, like the art on the packaging for video games. No one treats that art like it's a Da Vinci, but think how sad and empty the box would be without it!

-Can you tell us more about your current projects?
-Right now, I've got my hands full with my school work. On the side, I'm doing some art for a Chinese phone company - that's due in a week - and I'm also very slowly working on an animation with my friend. I'm very interested in two-dimensional animation lately - when the world is complete and whole, I think it's really seductive. There are so many more possibilities to the medium than we've ever seen from Disney. On the other hand, drawing over a thousand images by hand can be pretty much the anti-fun.


-What about your blog?
-I set up both my fun (digication) and "professional" (coroflot) websites this January, ever since RISD Career Services told me I needed to have some kind of website for resume purposes. (Speaking of resumes: will someone in the DC area offer me an internship this summer? Pretty please?)

-www.mylife.com/Ilove, go ahead:
-I love reading and always read a little bit at night right before I go to sleep! My favorites are Dostoevsky and Nabokov, but I also enjoy Vonnegut, Kafka, and random hits from the New York Times bestseller list that I sneakily buy for myself as little presents. Right now I'm almost done with a book by Richard Dawkins; before that, I read "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot and reread "The Defense" by Nabokov. When I'm at home, I love pretending that I can play tennis and racquetball, when really I'm quite terrible at them. (So terrible, in fact, that I once hit myself in the face with my own tennis racquet.) I also like running with friends, which also usually turns into slowly jogging with friends, then walking, then sitting on a lawn and talking, then going to get frozen yogurt. Ha ha. As for little pleasures in life, I sometimes buy myself chocolate bars at CVS on rainy days and save them all the way home until I'm in my dorm room and can eat them without anyone judging me.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-A few months ago my first ex-boyfriend and I broke up! As with many first-time break-ups, I think, there was the usual silliness and I was quite sad. After a while, though, I started being able to see the humor in things again; I chose this FML because I felt ready to poke some fun at relationships. It could be either a boy or a girl being the selfish, silly one; ultimately, I think, the take-home lesson is to roll with life's punches and not take ourselves too seriously. (I also chose it because I think the boyfriend in the FML was a genius.) Unlike this FML, though, I can confidently say that my relationship was not that lopsided!

- Why did you decide to send an illustration to FML?
-A lot of the FMLs are pure epigrams of genius; I read the site every day looking for those. I also used to tutor someone in French and part of our warm-up exercises would be to translate some of the French VDMs. (Who now knows how to say "I'm 45 years old and still a virgin"? My fortunate tutee, that's who.) In short, we go way back. When I noticed that I could combine what I like - FML - with what I love - illustration - and then that I could apply for it and didn't have to be asked - I fired off an email within five minutes of making that observation! No hesitation.


 

"No hesitation" is a hot thing to say. Thanks for your illustration Sara, may your future boyfriend never give you a bear !

 

Sara's website : http://risd.digication.com/sarabloem/Home//

 

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 anamorphosed Alice, who will tell you what you have to do!

#407 - Illustrated FML - On 04/09/2010 at 12:19pm by FML Team - 14 comments

Chris Hallbeck's illustration: second round!

-All right let's do this! Hey Chris, we're glad to have you back on FML!
-Thanks!

-You're officially our first "second round" artist, how does it feel?
-I feel pretty special, like everybody got their slice of cake at the party and there is one left and I get to eat it.

-How the first part tasted according to you?
-I'm excited for my second slice.

-And here it is, second interview, second illustration, second time we're welcoming Biff to FML, how does he feel about that? According to the comments, he made a huge impression on FML's audience, maybe as huge as his eyebrows.
-Biff isn't aware that he exists in a comic strip, and seems pretty oblivious to the outside world.

 

- It's a shame, being the hero of a 4 year old webcomic is pretty exciting. It's even so exciting you're publishing your 4th book "The Book of Biff: Squid Tank", can you tell us how your webcomic ended up in a book?

- When I first drew Biff comics back in college I would make little photocopied collections of them to send to people. They were called "The Book of Biff."When I started drawing them again as a webcomic thebookofbiff.com seemed the obvious domain name. Chris: So right from the start since I had the word "book" in the name of the website people were asking me when the real book would be available. So I learned how to put a book together and deal with printing companies and such. And now I make books! And people smile. It's a pretty good system.

- You provide us happiness
- It feels good.

- It feels good both way, how great is that?! Okay, sexual innuendo time is over. Two of your webcomic's particularities are the fact that every day, each webcomic is a success, plus, you're even capable of creating a funny image where the main humoristic action isn't even shown, and yet, it works, it makes us laugh! The second particularity being: Biff's eyebrows. Seriously, what, how, why, those eyebrows?

-Eyebrows - It's possible that Biff is part alien, or he may be part cockroach. We're not quite sure. When I'm writing the comic I see all of the action in my head. In a way most of them are like 3 or 4 panel strips where I'm only showing you the first or last panel. A lot of the humor comes from what I leave out between the image and caption. When your brain fills in the gap is where the laugh comes from.

 


- Ok, clever move. Let's talk about "Squid Tank", give us 3 adjectives, 2 verbs and 1 quote to describe it
- 3 adjectives: absurd, surreal, ridiculous.
2 verbs: smack, crunch.
1 quote: "Do not read this book too closely, you will get paper cuts on your eyeballs."


- Mh it works, if we didn't already have your book in your hands, we would be buying right now, right here. Are you a fervent reader of other webcomics?
-There are a few that I follow daily and others that I like to read in book collections. A great thing about going to conventions is being able to meet other creators and buy their books directly from them.

- Can you give us some names or webcomic addresses?

- A few of my many favorites are:
http://www.chainsawsuit.com/
http://nedroid.com/
http://www.smbc-comics.com/
http://harkavagrant.com/
http://gunshowcomic.com/
http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/

 

- And of course, our last question: why did you choose this particular story?
- I spent a few hours browsing the most recent entries and made note of the ones that sparked an image in my head. Of the 10 that I got from the first round this was the one that had the funniest image/caption combo. It's a fun exercise since it's so different to my normal working process.

 

Once again Chris, thanks for your illustration!

 

Once again, don't forget to visit: http://www.thebookofbiff.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 in 3D Wonderland, who will tell you what you have to do!

#400 - Illustrated FML - On 04/01/2010 at 4:06pm by FML Team - 8 comments

My FML visit at the dentist

Good morning gums! Are you ready for today's new illustration? If not, that's too bad, because our artist certainly delivered the goods! Dentists, teeth, decay, drill, lovely little pleasures that Delia Barrio sure didn't forget! As she positively responded to our interview, we decided to share her full story with you. Those who read it until the end would be awesome. And well-read.


-Okay here we go Delia, hold on tight to your seat because it's going to be the questionnaire of your life! How old are you?
-24 years.


-Where do you live?
-I currently live in La Jolla, California.


-Can you share your story with us?
-Once upon a time... I was born in Santa Rosa, California. I've been drawing ever since I can remember- my mom said she started teaching me how to hold a pencil when I was two. My parents divorced when I was 4 or 5 (I don't remember) and shared custody over me. I would travel between Cazadero and Forestville, the respective locations of my parents' whereabouts, and attend school in Guerneville- a town located between the two. In grammar school I took a drafting course that taught the basics of visualizing objects in three dimensions. I was also teaching myself how to draw on our shiny, new Windows 3.1 PC. That was a terrible OS; we got '95 as soon as we could. I graduated with the art award and computer tech award as well as a band participation medal. Good times. Once I got into high school, I took multimedia- where I taught myself 3D modeling and animation. Apparently I was the first student to ever produce an animation demo reel in that high school. The only other art course I've taken was sculpture where I produced a teapot in the shape of an electric bass. I miss that teapot. Most of my high school career was spent in band and choir classes. The band room entryway would be littered with drawings and comics I had posted depicting the crazy adventures of my crazy band mates. "Bacon Strips" as we called them. I failed English my junior year, not because it was difficult in any way, but because my teacher had an acute Napoleon complex. She was 4' 9" tall- exactly one inch shorter than myself- and liked to make her classroom a living hell. I began to cut class and hang out in the band room instead. What, me? A band nerd? No way, man. Whatever gave you that impression? My senior year consisted of more band and a non-profit project by my English class. I was asked to create the cover for a pamphlet about ...something. It was like helping other people or whatever. All I remember is I had to draw a close-up of two people holding hands with flowers in the background. It was pretty gay. After graduation I wanted to attend Animation College, but could not afford it. So instead I dropped out of junior college and moved to Southern California. Look, I don't know- it seemed like a good idea at the time. This is where I met Erik, my now boyfriend of four years- and I developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both of my wrists. This has slowed down my art process significantly, but has yet to stop me from drawing altogether. Shortly after we met, I returned to NorCal to attend a vocational training course in AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop. My dad planned on hiring me to draft blueprints for his construction business. It took three months of waking up at five thirty AM. and driving an hour to and from class, but I managed to receive my vocational degree in digital architectural drafting. I still have yet to put that to any use whatsoever. But hey- at least I know how to retrofit an existing foundation with rebar and concrete. Surely I'll need to use that knowledge one of these days, right? Soon after moving back to San Diego, Erik and I moved to Santa Monica where he had a short career as a 3D modeler and render guru. I did a few jobs for his studio, but rarely did the work amount to anything substantial. After about eight months, Erik's lung collapsed and we spent a week in the hospital while he went through surgery and recovery. This was the same week that the terrible fires broke out in the SoCal area. It felt like the world was falling apart. Very surreal. Hardly four months later, Erik was hit by a drunk driver in a nearly fatal accident. He's amazingly lucky that he survived. After that incident, we decided we hated the Los Angeles area and the stupid luck it was bringing us, so we moved back to San Diego. For another 16 months, I worked as a florist in a local grocery store. It was fun... kinda. I really enjoyed the customer interaction (meeting people helps fuel my ideas and creativity for the characters I create), but the work itself was pretty awful. I have permanent scarring on my right (drawing) hand due to repeated injury and constant contact with water and ice while at work. About a month after we moved to La Jolla where Erik found another job, this time with Shilo - a major commercial 3D animation studio-, I quit my job and have been trying to find a steady graphic job ever since. The poor state of our economy did not help, it made finding any job difficult. So needless to say, I'm still here looking for work. Hey, I didn't say the story had a happy ending. No refunds.


-Heavy stuff. So now, what do you do all day?
-Be awesome. No actually, I currently work from home as a freelance designer and illustrator. I've done odd jobs for a few animation and game studios, but nothing that's actually made it into other mainstream media. I'm currently looking for a more solid job, though. It'd be nice to have some steady income.

-What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
-What I enjoy most is character design. I try to put an emphasis on personalities and designs that work together so they come off as believable, no matter how unrealistic they may actually be. (Though more relatable characters are my forte) I've been working more on digital painting and full illustration recently. (I can't afford real paint or I'd do that, too.) I'd really love to illustrate a children's book. Kid's books were a huge part of my life when I was growing up, my dad would read them to me every night. They're always so fun and whimsical, it'd be great to work on something like that. But I think, more than anything, I want to make a video game. The ability to interact directly with characters and environment is something you can only do in a game- film and other media sources only allow for you to watch. To fully experience a fictional world, simulation is the way to go. *thumbs up*



- *Thumbs up too* What about your projects?
-Projects. I have three major projects in the works. Curiah City - my main baby brainchild special mojo spectacularrrr. This project is nearly eight years in the making and has recently been getting a major overhaul/re-write. I started this idea back when I was in high school, since then my tastes and style have changed and matured so drastically that it's been necessary to update and change many of the story's elements. However, a few things remain the same. The location: it takes place in a fictional Southern California city. The aesthetic - it's cartoony, silly, and crazy at times- but still manages to be believable enough for the audience to relate to the characters, despite their strange situations. The genre- it will still be a sitcom with a dash of paranormal horror tossed in for good measure. Driver Zed- my first real project based on a terrible pun my dad made when I was practicing to get my driver's permit. The story is about the ongoing adventures of an intergalactic taxi cab driver and the bizarre worlds and characters he meets along the way. Recently Erik and I have been toying with the idea of making this into a short film, or at least compositing enough concept work in order to pitch the idea to one of the studios we're connected with. Could be fun, I hope it works. Bomb the Town- a videogame mod that Erik and I started back in 2005, but had to cease work on once we started to move around. We had all the plans to create our own videogame studio and even several people willing to invest in us, but due to life strains we weren't able to follow through with the idea. I would still absolutely love to make this a reality. I think creating a video game is one of the best ways to bring characters to life. You can interact with them- that's something you can't do in film.

 

-Since when does your blog exist? Why did you create it?
-DeviantArt has been around since the dawn of time. I joined up shortly after my friend Hannah discovered the place. I've watched this place grow and change for over seven years, have been a staff member, and even designed a bit of artwork that was used in the site's layout. (it has since been removed with newer updates) Like any community, it has its ups and downs, but for the most part is a great and easy way to share your art and meet other like-minded people.



-What do you like in your life? What are your passions, hobbies, little pleasures..?
-I have a truly, deep rooted passion for music. While my carpal tunnel syndrome prevents me from playing any of my instruments for more than about ten minutes at a time, I have still never lost that interest. I feel that music has the ability to instill emotion at a much deeper level than other forms of creation. It helps me visualize emotions so I may better put them down on paper. I am an avid collector of songs, I don't really have a specific genre than I prefer. I'll listen to anything from southern ragtime to dub rock and ska- sometimes even rap and hip hop or classic jazz. Whatever sets the mood, I'm on it. Music aside, what also drives my creativity and passion is a nice scene. Landscapes, cityscapes, waterscapes - anyscapes. I'll find beauty in anything or anyone, so long as the conditions are right. A nice setting can really drive my mood and ambition. I try to surround myself in things that are harmonious. I sound like a real woodland hippie right now. I can accept that. Lastly, I'd have to say I really enjoy driving. I blame Erik for this mostly- but even before he got me interested in cars, I really enjoyed putzing around in my little white '91 Ford Escort wagon. It just feels downright nice to be out and about, the scenery changing, knowing you can go anywhere you want. Freedom I guess. Something akin to that.

 

 

- Now we want to listen to the Beatles. Why did you decided to send an illustration to FML?
-Several friends of mine looooove Fmylife and I've been a good fan of it myself. I feel that finding humor in the worst situations can help one overcome just about anything. Also giving people something to compare their own bad situations to helps ease some of that stress. Nobody is alone when it comes to bad luck, we've all had our share. Being given the chance to draw something up for this site was really an honor! I'm just sorry it's taken me so long to get around to it. You know, life has it's things that pop up and get in the way. That's what this site is about, after all.

-You sure understand us. Last question Delia, why did you choose this FML?
-I have an extensive dental history. In my lifetime, I've had three teeth removed (one was an adult bicuspid which has left a lovely gap on the upper left side of my jaw), four cavities filled, had my upper jaw widened to fit my teeth, headgear to fix my overbite for two years, and braces for eight. After all of that, my teeth are still crooked and ugly. FML.

 

Anyway, we love your illustration Delia, thank you for creating one for us!

 

Now go visit Delia's DA : http://delya.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 Alice, who will tell you what you have to do!

#393 - Illustrated FML - On 03/24/2010 at 5:42pm by FML Team - 10 comments


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