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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

Caricature my FML

"Caricature noun:
/?kær.?.k?.t???r /US pronunciation symbol/?ker.?.k?.t??r/ n [C or U] (the art of making) a drawing or written or spoken description of someone, which makes part of their appearance or character more noticeable than it really is, and which usually makes them look silly".
And boy, that poor girl must have looked silly with all those pimples, but at least, for someone doing math studies, it probably helps to look like a calculator. To talk about those serious issues, acne AND caricature, we receive today an artist specialized in pure gorgeous art, and when she deals with acne, the result is pretty funny. Ladies, gentleman, teenagers, please welcome Lois van Baarle!


Lois is 24 and she's our first artist from The Netherlands, Utrecht to be more precise. She is a freelance illustrator and animator, (anybody HIRE HER!). She enjoys having a lot of freedom and time to do her own thing as many many of us. But she gets paid for it most of the time. Being a freelance illustrator means you don't have to go to an office every day and work for a boss you hate and eat at the cafeteria your whole life, which she likes being able to avoid. She is also lucky enough to have job opportunities coming her way most of the time and it's understandable when you take a look at her amazing talent. 


She has drawn her whole life and after high school decided to study animation in Holland. She did this for four years and now she's basically drawing all the time. We guess it's the story of any motivated commercial artist and we recommend you: guys, wanna be the greatest artist of all time? Draw as much as you can, with any kind of paper/pen you have, one day, you'll realize that you went from 0 to 10. You'll thank us later.

 

At the moment Lois is doing some small-scale work for games and illustrations, as well as making her own animated short trilogy, Trichrome, of which she has already finished the first one, and you can check it out here . Her personal website has been around since 2002, when her little sister taught her the joys of basic html. Ever since then she has been expanding her web presence in all kind of way: she has a sketchblog , personal blog , a whole bunch of networking site accounts (myspace and such), as well as deviantart to which she is totally addicted. She also created her personal website to make cool layouts, something she is quite hooked on doing.



Lois likes drawing, but also being absurdly lazy. There is nothing better than sleeping in to a heinously late hour on a Saturday, having a huge breakfast/lunch kind of thing in bed, and walking around in pyjamas for the rest of the day. Besides this extremely guilty pleasure, she also likes to travel in Europe and Africa, watch movies and ride her bicycle (Holland power) like a true dutchie.

 

"-Last question, but not the least, Lois, why did you choose this FML?
-For two reasons: I had acne as a young teenager, so I could feel this person's pain; also, it had to do with art, caricature drawing, which seemed to fit with what I do. I was approached to illustrate something and loved the idea of FML. There's nothing like a bit of bitter humor to brighten your day."

 

Actually there's also chocolate. Let's read FML stories about chocolate. Thank you for your participation Lois!

 

Lois' website is waiting for you: http://loish.net/

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!

#337 - Illustrated FML - On 01/28/2010 at 2:57pm by FML Team - 14 comments

Don't watch this or you might lose an eye

As you all know, being a member of FML is like being part of a weird family. But as in every family, there’s the drunk uncle who falls over at every party, swears at people and tries to start a fight. The comments section is a bit like that. This video is an affectionate look at what goes on in there between members, but despite everything that happens, it brings the community together. Most of the time. So enjoy!

#330 - About FMyLife - On 01/22/2010 at 5:28am by FML Team - 66 comments


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