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The 1st year of illustrated FMLs

One year, 50 artists and a website that decided to become patron of the arts dedicated to when shit happens. And shit does happen a lot on FML. Thanks to your stories, your support, a bunch of artists took a look at the website and never declined our proposals.
-"Hey, wanna illustrate something for us based on an FML?"
-"OH GAWD YES"
This was basically their answers. Some of them have already published their 4th book, some of them are not even artists, and just created an illustration for fun, but all of them succeeded along the difficult path of making us laugh. Here's a little retrospective, served up with some of their impressions.

 

Lois van Baarle: I definitely had a good experience with my FML illustration, although I was disappointed to find out that FML readers are more perceptive than I thought and noticed a character-flipping mistake in my illustration right away. You people are brutal! I also had to explain to a few people that the events in the illustration didn't actually happen to me, but for the rest, it was tons of fun.

 

Nik Dowman: Having my illustration up on FML was a great experience. In retrospect I probably would havechosen a funnier story. However I have been far too busy to look back. Since publishing the illustration I have concluded my webcomic for now and have had the greatest experience in my life witnessing the birth of, and raising my daughter, Sienna who is now three months old.

Andrew Bargeron: While, personally, I don't think my contribution to FML was the best illustration I’ve ever done, I do think it's a fun image that matches the story. So ultimately I do think it works, so not at all a negative experience.


Philippa Rice
: I'm excited for the illustrated FML section's birthday! It's a special occasion indeed. FML is always a joy to read, but the illustrated FMLs are really something else. Such a treat. I enjoyed taking part no end! I spent all morning reading the FMLs, laughing at other people’s misfortunes. As soon as I saw the word 'nuts' I knew I had found the FML for me. I spend the afternoon eating peanuts and collecting the shells. When I had found two perfect peanut shells I was ready to make my collage.



Sang Han: I had a blast working on the illustrated FML. It was an awesome experience to be a part of the FML community. To see some of my other work, check out threepeasoup.com

 

Henry R. Frew: I thought that my FML experience was great.  It's fun to draw something different and to get my particular brand of bull, I mean art, to a new audience.  There was a lot of great feedback from the F My Life community and I have to admit, I've been hooked on the website ever since.


Mukpuddy
: We had a great time making the piece for FML, was cool to be a part of something so different and we got some cool feedback! We now have a fancy new site so feel free to check it out... www.mukpuddy.com

 

Jessa Rempel: During that time FMyLife was a big thing at school, and for the next few weeks everybody was coming up to me.... they were all "HEY BRO I SAW YOU ON FML YOU'RE FAMOUS" and I was like "BABY YOU KNOW IT B)" To this day I don't know who was nice enough to colour my comic, so let's assume they are reading this so I can properly thank them! For serious, man, it's much appreciated! (Side note: it was Becky!)

 

Justin White: FML is full of so many hilarious stories it was quite easy to draw up a fun illustration for the site. It was cooool.


Sara Bloem: As a student, I really loved getting the bluntest, most immediate feedback possible on my work in the comments. Lesson learned: avoid mocking the girlfriend. Thanks for everything, FML!



Brian Brown
: Illustrating FML was super fun!  The FML crowd are diehard fans and if they don't think your FML is bad enough they will let you know!

Carter Fort: A person I hadn't seen in maybe ten years found our illustrated FML, recognized my name and started reading our comic. They've been reading it ever since.



Tom Brazelton: Regarding my illustrated FML experience, I thought it was great. I actually got to double-dip a little bit (although completely by accident!) Since my comic is about movies, I wanted to find a FML that was movie-related. I decided to submit an illustration about the boy who was dumped because his girlfriend wanted someone more like Edward from the Twilight book series. Unfortunately, that FML was already claimed by another artist. But you were nice enough to let me pick another one! Fortunately, no one had laid claim to the one I chose about the guy who ended up getting a haircut like Spock from Star Trek. What was great about the experience is that FML ran my Twilight comic anyway in my artist profile (http://www.fmylife.com/blog/85!) So it was a double win for me!

 

Joe Combs: I really enjoyed the opportunity to illustrate another person’s heartache.  After throwing so much of my own life and experiences into my webcomic, Business Casual, it was great fun to use someone else’s material as inspiration for once.  I appreciated all of the positive feedback that I received, and the extra traffic to my site was a nice bonus.



Shouri: I loved drawing the FML just as much as I love reading them daily... with the plus that I get to share it with a lot of people!


Evan Diaz: Congrats on the birthday coming up, that's awesome! My experience with FML was a tenuous one, it took a few tries to get "the one" but when we finally did I think it was worth it 'cause vending machines are rad. All in all, a good experience for everyone involved thanks for giving me the opportunity! I have just released an iPhone game loosely based on my webcomic if you want to plug that :D http://pajamaforest.com/super-awesome-kite-flyer-extreme-to-the-max/

 

Dennis Liu: Creating the FML comic was an interesting experience. My inspiration came from reading the many hilarious entries posted on the website, as well as thinking about being in the author's shoes. The process was fun, the outcome was satisfying, and I hope others get a kick out of it as well.

 

Sharlene Leong: Um, well I'd have to say the illustrated FML experience has been a blast. A few of my friends read FML and were looking through the illustrated ones and were like, holy crap that's you!  It was great to contribute to this project of communal catharsis and judgment :).  I know it's all in good fun.  I'm currently trying to show up at a couple conventions with my art and my poster about pop culture (Final Fantasy 13 is LOST), but other than that, still pluggin away at the comics!  Thank you very much FML!

 

Marie Levesque: Illustrating one FML for the website was a cool experience, and illustrating 30 FML for the book was a really exciting experience but a little difficult because the american's sense of humor is very different from the french one.


Paul Westover: Doing an illustrated FML was a fabulous experience! The FML's are such a great source for humorous storytelling in illustrated form. The piece I did was so positively received that, given a chance, I'd drop everything to do another.

 

Dan Long: Of course I liked the FML experience.  I had several people who are now regular readers tell me that they found my comic on FMyLife, and I forced myself (at my own risk) to read the comments on the illustration, which turned out to be mostly positive, luckily for my easily-bruised ego.  I would definitely do it again if I were asked!

 

 

 

And guess what? You English-speaking people are not the only ones lucky enough to get to discover a new illustration every Saturday. Overseas, in France, Julien is the one in charge of the illustrated section. Thanks to his amazing job, French-speaking VDM readers have their bunch of laughs too. Here is a sample of what is featured on VDM:

Illustration by Ciia


Those were the published artists. But guys, do you really think Alice (you know, the girl who pokes you at the end of every article to send her an email to alice@fmylife.com to become the next published artist on FML) didn't receive some… odd comics? To celebrate FML’s illustrated section’s first year of existence, we decided to share two of those... odd (yes, we think this word explains it properly) things that were sent in :

:)
:D
:s

oO

Now, do you understand what you were lucky enough to avoid? Here at FML, we raise our budding artists in the best farm available, they are only fed with pencils, graphic tablets and of course humor, that's how each Saturday we're able to present you a brand new recruit who's got nothing to hide. That's our part.


Now, let's talk about YOUR part in FML’s illustrated section. All through the year, comments were posted all over the website, from the very beginning when it was a brand new concept that you probably weren't prepared for, up until today, where you don't hesitate to spread the love about what you see. As we’ve talked about the illustrations, it's completely normal to now talk about your best and worst comments. The nominees in the "WTF" category are …

"I agree I think the person who sumbitted the fml should submit a picture :)" by A. : yes, and we think the teacher who teaches kids to read should have to create the book they're using, should have to cut the trees, make the paper, print it, etc...
"i dont get" by B. : we nei
"Why is the guy in the picture black? It kinda makes the FML make no sense, since Edward Cullen is white and the girl would be blatantly racist..." by H: about this illustration. Yeah. Right.
"The headline "FML meets your parents" is sort of misleading. The article itself details a short biography of the artist who drew the cartoon at the bottom, and only briefly touches on why he chose the FML that he chose to draw. I was expecting the article to be something like, say, a list of ways to avoid certain meet-the-parents FMLs.": by S. who thought FML was her psychoanalyst.


Sadly, there's much more comments that we could add, but thanks to you, there's also the category "best love-spreading comment" but there's too many of them to make a selection. So keep commenting guys, that's why each Saturday for the past year we’ve been presenting you great artists, to try and make you laugh, to get you to discover brand new talents, to try and please you all. What is that? Oh right, we didn't interview the Cyanide&Happiness guys because May will be a C&H month here on FML !

NOW SPREAD THE LOVE, COMMENT, DANCE, GET DOWN, MAKE LOVE !
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK !

 



Alice would also like to thank her very unique and sexy Alan, who's brave enough to read over and over her articles to be sure she didn't write "ilusstrasion", but also Guillaume who gave her the chance to be the lucky one who gets to write the articles, the FML crew because you guys are awesome, the FML audience *bows*, but also Christophe for his support, and Yousra, just because she's love.

#435 - Illustrated FML - On 04/20/2010 at 1:29pm by FML Team - 6 comments

Today's illustration is HERE !

"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


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