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Crazy FML

Hey there crazy person, do those bloody eyes dangling in your hands belong to you? Yeah, we didn't think so. See, we're used to crazy people. And we're sure you're used to them too. Sometimes it's the old lady with nothing but some fishnets covering what's left of her feminine body that you meet in the supermarket, sometimes it's your one-legged neighbor who is convinced that his microwave is haunted by aliens, and sometimes it's your most beloved-one. FYL. And to talk about this awkward phenomenon, today we're welcoming Justin White, also known as Jublin!


Justin is 24, lives in northern California and he's a freelance illustrator and designer. He also watches cartoons, eats food, hangs out and sleeps, but he doesn't get paid for doing those things. Jublin went to school at SDSU in San Diego and graduated in Multimedia. He's still not sure what that means, but he had fun. He has always been very much in love with drawing and art, but never considered actually making any money out of it until he stumbled upon the website Threadless back in 2005. That's when he started getting involved with freelance work.

Our awesome artist of the week loves to draw and be creative. So any time he's able to do so, he's happy. He'd love to one day get involved with television and animation. He'd also love to just wander around the world with a tiny little sketchbook. He could pay for everything by drawing dollar bills, Euros, and all sorts of exotic currencies and because the drawings would look so realistic everyone would be like, "Whoa you're a billionaire!" and He would hold his finger to his lips and whisper to them "Money isn't everything". Then he'd slip them a hand-drawn $20 and they would go buy a delicious Christmas goose for their family.


Maybe you know Jublin thanks to his very unique and cool pokemon portraits project. Remember Nurse Joy and his cute white and pink outfit, who used to take care of your pokemons when they were in a coma? Jublin created a new dimension where this pinky nurse doesn't exist, and where K.O'd pokemons seem more like scraggly animals. It's gory indeed, and it's funny. In other terms, we love it. Psyduck in straitjacket, Chansey with a broken egg, Drowzee filled with sleeping pills and so much more, all kind of dazzling interpretations that make us want to hit ourselves repeatedly over the head with the keyboard, as a kind of homage to his genius.


ANYWAY. This year, Jublin finally fixed up his website. He has always been pretty active on the internet and all the social networking sites. It's a great way to see what other people are working on and simultaneously be inspired and filled with jealousy.

"-Now, it's time for our traditional last question before we let you go, why did you choose this FML?
-I thought the idea of a guy latching on to his girlfriend's back and chomping at her hair was ridiculous. And I really wanted to draw a koala.
-Oooh Koala... and why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-It's a fun site!"



And it's a fun illustration. Thank you Jublin !

Jublin's website is here www.jublin.com
His flickr account is overtherewww.flickr.com/jublin

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and 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 has always been madly in love with Columbo, who will tell you what you have to do!


#274 - Illustrated FML - On 12/10/2009 at 4:00pm by FML Team - 19 comments

FML’s Xmas COMPETITION

Find the 10 FMLs that were published in the fmylife book by hunting for them amongst the website’s pages, and win one of the fmylife books up for grabs.

Before explaining the rules, your mouse can already start hating us because it’s going to have to go into overdrive. Quotes from the book’s FMLs are hidden in the pages of Fmylife, and you’re going to have to find them.

How to enter the competition

Step 1: Sign up on FML and log in. This is mandatory if you want to take part in the competition. Click here to create an account. Everyone can enter the competition. No matter where you live or how old you are.
Step 2: Find the link called "FML Competition" in your member's panel on the right hand side of the site.
Step 3: Click on it (yeah OK, seems obvious, but you never know with some people).
Step 4: Follow the instructions to start the hunt. None of the members will have the quotes in the same place. To find them, use the page numbers at the bottom of the home page and… click away (and you can then start hating us). The quotes will only be in the website’s archives, nowhere else. There’s thus no point going into the Top, the Flop, the Random FMLs… All you have to do is go and look in the previous pages. Once you’ve found one of the texts, a link will allow you to update your participation.

This is how a hidden quote will look like (the size has been reduced a little voluntarily):

On the 20th of december at midnight, the competition will end. All the people who’ve found the 10 quotes will then be part of a draw, which will select the 20 winners, who will get a copy of the book. The results will be announced on the 21st. Good luck, and happy clicking to all!

#267 - Competitions - On 12/08/2009 at 5:51pm by FML team - 282 comments

FML on the wrestling ring

Hi suckers! How are your broken bodies today? Still feeling the chair that we cracked on your back, deep-set in your jaw? Wusses, after 42 ankle locks, 21 cross face chicken wings and 56 pulled hairs, we're still alive, in good-shape and ready to fight! Nothing will stop us 'cause nothing can stop a professional wrestler! Except maybe today's artists. Because there are four of them, they have tattoos and they seem to be brawny. Yeah, never mind, we weren't that into professional wrestling. Gentlemen, bodybuilders, Hulk Hogan, please welcome the Mukpuddy Animation Team!


Collectively they are named Mukpuddy Animation but individually they're 4:  Alex Leighton, Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans and Jeremy Dillon. Collectively they're 123 years old, and they're still looking pretty good. They live in Auckland, New Zealand, in a collective way. Collectively, they make cartoons! They run their own animation studio, Mukpuddy Animation, where they do a variety of stuff from comics and kids books to short films and music videos, amongst other things. Collectively.

It all started when they were studying traditional/classical character animation in Auckland, they started hanging out and coming up with ideas for comics, cartoons and animated skits. At the time, the animation industry in New Zealand was tiny, and the only stuff getting made was serious stuff for overseas “clients”, and they wanted to make their own cartoons and be outrageously rich. So after their course, they set up shop in Tim Evans’ parent’s house’s basement and started their empire of smiles and laughs. Things were pretty slow to start with, their plan of making a living off web cartoons was quickly squashed when they couldn’t figure out how to make any money off of them. So they carried on doing others jobs, music videos, illustration, web design, titles, anything to get their name out there, but all the while developing their own stuff that they pitched around the world.

 

In 2006, they got their first big break in local New Zealand television when they pitched an idea to a kids variety show called ‘What Now’. The idea was to turn the presenters of the show into kid cartoon versions of themselves in a series of shorts, they then added a strange viscous creature called Gungi into the mix and the public totally loved it. Thus ‘Sparkle Friends’ was born. Cut to 4 years later and they’re about to head into their 5th series!

In 2007, they won a local short film competition where participants have to make a film in 48 hours; it was the first time an animated film had won with their short ‘Camp Fear’. They randomly drew the 'horror' genre and had to include the following elements: a hypochondriac character and a rope. You'll find it right here: Camp Fear

 


Having fun and having a laugh is what keeps them going. There are a lot of jobs they could be doing, but according to them , the 4 of them would probably end up drunken old hobos if they couldn’t come to their small studio every day, and muck around for our great pleasure. But don't be fooled by those smiling animals that come alive thanks to them, it's not easy as it seems to do animation, Mukpuddy is a full time job.
They have their blog for 4 years now. They created it as a way to get their stuff out to a global audience. They also saw that a lot of artists they looked up to in the animation industry had blogs, so they followed their lead. They’ve made friends with a lot of the other artists blogging, so it’s been a great way to network, and we can only recommend that you, yes you artist-reader, do the same.


Now, lucky readers, here are some links to short movies that our heroes created:
Sparkle Friends, the TV show kid including a puking monster, and believe us, you don't want to miss that.
Terry the bi, bi-polar, polar bear, a simple character with some no- simple issues, and believe us you don't want to miss that either.
The Stallion, and just because it's not porn, you will still watch this, swear. Ok people?

Now here are our last questions for our artists of the day, why did they choose this FML, and why did they decide to send an illustration to us?
"Fat chicks and wrestling… nuff said! Well, we were actually invited! FML is a really funny site and never fails to crack us up so it’s a real blast to have our work showcased there!"

 

click on this preview!

 

The real blast is mutual fellows, thank you for your participation!

 

Mukpuddy's blog is this way: http://mukpuddy.blogspot.com/

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and 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!

 

We saw the next illustration in our flash forward, there was a koala. No kidding. See you next Saturday guys!

#260 - Illustrated FML - On 12/03/2009 at 5:47am by FML Team - 7 comments

FML ²

Hey nerds, how are your curves today? Have you seen Lijun Wang's last research about the possible relation between Gauge theories and Geometric Langlands program? Gotcha! It's not Wang but Edward Witten! If you know who one of those two men is, you're probably a mathematics geek, and if you are, you're lucky because today is the √FML day. You may have been mocked, annoyed, thumped or worse during high-school because of your glasses and your incredible love for the library. Those days are over, and if not, just pretend they are. FML, supported by Lisa Simpson, is happy and proud to say out loud that mathematics are cool, physics are hot, theorems are fun and calculators can be your true BFF. And we don't care if some people don’t like it, because now we have contact lenses, so nobody can break our glasses again. Who's the loser now? Anyway, we know who is not a loser, today's artist of course! Nerds, geek, stormtroopers, ladies (yeah, right...) please welcome Dave Valeza!



Dave is 25 years old, he lives just outside the L.A. area, back where he was born, but he's seeing this more of as a pause than a permanent return. So Dave grew up in sunny L.A. like one of those kids you'd see on a TV high school program, but he got tired of L.A and so he went to art school, at the Savannah College of Art and Design. It took 5 years for him before he went back to the city of angels. And actually, he's planning to move again, up north, but it's mostly a vague idea for now. Wait and see.

Dave has two jobs: he makes comics and works retail jobs. He actually likes it, he can meet people at a "day job" where he doesn't have to to constantly think about comics, and vice versa, and he confesses it keeps him from going crazy. But a big project is coming, Dave is working a book of his own right, he's quietly enjoying it as he's already planning to create another one while the first one is being released. It's a graphic novel that he's doing for a major comic company, a great guy wrote it and he's drawing it, the book should be out next year, if everything goes well, even though there hasn't been an official announcement yet, so let's keep this between us.

Now let's get curious, what does Dave like, you know, the little pleasures that take us a lot of time: "Oh jeez, those are terrible things. I ink my pages to soap operas and telenovelas. It's my guilty pleasure after stressing out over a comic page. I also like thunderstorms, riding bikes, screwball comedies, and a lot of sci-fi. I like ethnic food, assorted beers, and the world cup." Altogether, GOAL!


"-Here are our two last questions before we let you draw amazing comics again, why did he choose this FML?
-I could see it in my head right away when I read it; this is pretty much what it looked like. Plus, I like puns.

-Oh, puns, best invention since thong. And why did you decided to send us his illustration.
-And why wouldn't participate! Also my friend Becky did an illustration for you guys, so you're cool peeps!"

 

 

click on this preview !

 

We hope we're as cool as your illustration Dave! Thanks for your participation!


Dave's flick is here: http://flickr.com/davario
And his livejournal is here: http://davario.livejournal.com/

 

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and 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 still hates her high school math teacher Miss Heral, who will tell you what you have to do!

 

Get ready for next week illustration guys because we’re getting feisty.

#253 - Illustrated FML - On 11/27/2009 at 1:36pm by FML Team - 15 comments

FML celebrates Halloween

Two weeks late, yes, we know, but since Dr Emmett Lathrop Brown developed his coolest invention, time seems to be much less impressive now. It also works with Prince Dastan. Anyway, today we'll feature the kind of creature that does not have its place in a Disney movie. It's half-dead, half-alive, sometimes it dribbles, most of the time it's planning to suck your brain out, and, no, we're not talking about Simon Cowell, we're talking about zombies. Yami. A Zombie could indeed be a great costume for Halloween, but if you look at 78% of all horror movies and 98.9% of all horror video games, you'll realize that it's also one of the scariest things of all time. Maybe 2012 will be the year where dead people return, who knows. Who cares, we got plenty of time before 2012, at least 3 years, so let's sing along with the Cranberries and welcome today's intact-brained artist, Laurent Lebiez, also known as Eddy Maurice!

 

Laurent named himself Eddy Maurice thanks to his parents who gave him these second and third surnames. Funny people. Eddy is 34 years old; he lives in Rouen, a pretty city in France with a great gothic cathedral. He's a graphic designer working for a communication support publishers association. Most of his projects (posters, brochures, websites.) are aimed at 14 to 25 year olds. Eddy loves creating images, even if he regrets the the fact that a large part of his work consists of page setting, his dream would be to do nothing but illustrations. But, times are hard, and like everybody else, he needs to pay the rent. At school, Eddy was the kid at the back of the classroom, who spent his time drawing in the margins. After school, he'd read comics, comics, only comics, most of them French or Belgian, and after reading them, he'd then try to reproduce them. The first of his "plagiarism" work involved the cowboy Lucky Luke. When he turned 10, his curiosity was kind of bored with the European style and so he tried to read American comics. Bingo, no doubt at all, when he grew up, he'd draw X-Men.

Right after he graduated high school with a specialty in art, he went directly to an art school. Then he graduated from art school, and a few months later, he became a graphic designer, a job that he's been doing for 12 years now. Even if he's working for a French agency, he's also a freelance artist who is doing the visuals for the Normandy Opera; he's also done some artwork for several magazines (Newcomer, Normandy Junior  ...). In September, Eddy won the comic contest of the Darnétal festival, in the national amateur category.


You're an artist? You're looking for someone who can colorize your art? Contact Eddy, he loves using Photoshop, Indesing, Illustrator and Paint, and plus, he's a very nice guy, and is hoping to find some collaborations, and one could be with you, yes, YOU!
Now here's a sad thing about today's artist. He's bulimic. Yes, bulimic about all sorts of information: music, movies, comics, sports, news... He spends a lot of time trying to satisfy his bulimia. In vain. Internet seems to give more and more information about anything, it's never ending.

 

Last question for our French artist, why did he choose this FML and why did he decide to send us his illustration:

"I chose this FML for its visual side. I wanted to add a "cartoon" style to a very descriptive story. Also, maybe I chose it because I really like drawing zombies.
I'm a big fan of "Vie de Merde" (side note: the French version of FML). I bought the VDM illustration book, and I really liked it, I thought it was great with a high standard. So, when I was told that there was an English version that was looking for illustrator, I was thrilled to get the chance to take part
."

And we're thrilled that you took part. Thank you very much Eddy, your illustration is gRRRReat!


Eddy's website is here: http://www.eddymaurice.fr

 

Remember, if you want to be next published artist send an email to alice@fmylife.com which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and 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 had to make some research about zombies and who hated it) who will tell you what you have to do!

 

See you next week guys, and we hope you'll work on square roots until then.

#249 - Illustrated FML - On 11/20/2009 at 4:51am by FML Team - 7 comments


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