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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!"

 

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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!"

 

 

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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

FML takes the pony

Yeehaa folks! Today, you're our guest in FML Ranch. There's Mama in the kitchen makin' marmalade, old uncle Jessy in his rocking chair playin' the harmonica and droolin', and Ennis and Jack are lookin' after the sheep. And making out. We hope you're not afraid to get dirty 'cause it's time to take care of the animals, the horse's hoofs won't get cleaned by themselves, we need to remove the crap from the turkey's head, and who's goin' to blow-dry the pigs if we don't do it? Yes, taking care of animals and farms is very difficult. But it could be also funny. That's why our lovely artist is here today, everybody please welcome Melanie Matthews!


Melanie is 22 and lives in Melbourne, Australia. She's been drawing for a long time time, she always knew she wanted to be an artist of some kind. She drew and painted until high school, and then it became more of a side thing when she took up playing music. She learnt the double bass and the cello at school, played in all the school bands and orchestras, and formed a small jazz band with some of her friends. They played in various venues, pubs and private parties all around Melbourne and with their school they travelled the state and even went to New Zealand to play. But high school ended and then they all went their separate ways, and so Melanie started drawing and painting again. She likes, and still likes, music but during this years she realized it wasn’t what she was truly passionate about. She studied a few primaries things: Multimedia, Design and Fine Art, but she never really felt at home doing any of those. One day a teacher said to her that she should be doing Illustration. So, she's been studying Illustration for the last couple of years and she is now just about to finish.

As her initial goal was to finish her studies and then work towards writing and illustrating children’s books, she's pretty happy, for now. She has learned a lot about the industry in the last couple of months, going to publishers and showing her portfolio. She's currently drawing up some concept sketches for a great little story, plus, she thinks there isn’t a big market for the type of artwork she likes to do in the children’s book industry. They don’t like retro very much (side note: dummies!). So now she is looking at other avenues like advertising and editorial illustration to get her started.
But for now, she is studying full time, earning her Diploma of Arts: Illustration. With only 3 weeks of classes to go, she will be finishing up soon and beginning her fabulous, fun-filled journey to becoming a full time freelance illustrator and designer. Currently she is working on a few private commissions, some branding/logo projects, some concepts/roughs for a children’s book, and a bunch of school assignments.

Guess what? Melanie loooves drawing and loooves creating fun characters, she loves to be creative. She even has a sort of playful approach to making art: she enjoys experimenting with colours and textures and she likes trying different things. Her sketchbook is her playground (side note: that's so cool to be abble to say that). She also likes to write little fun things about characters; mostly animals because they are the most fun. One day she would absolutely loves to just make books full of her own stories and illustrations. She has one brewing at the moment about tigers and how they like to brush their teeth, and she's also slowly working on an animal alphabet book, they are mostly inspired by Roald Dahl and Graeme Base, two of her idols, but seriously, two of our idols.

 



Melanie is kind of a newbie concerning the blog stuff, her blog is about 8 or 9 months old. It’s a little archive of her personal art journey as well as being a place to share her news and works in progress. The Bookish Owl name came to her when she had to type something in the ‘blog name’ bit, and she was browsing through some of her DeviantArt comments. One user commented on an owl drawing that she did and said that it looked very bookish. ‘The Bookish Owl’. That’ll do, she thought. And that’s how the Bookish Owl came to be.


And now here's some more informations about and by Melanie that we can't seem to let go! "I like jazz and indie rock music, and I like to read and write silly poems about animals. I also really love food. The gods blessed me with a teeny weeny figure that allows me to wolf down cupcakes and hamburgers without getting much heavier. It’s just awesome. What else? Oh I play videogames, a lot! Probably too much. Lately I’ve been to busy for them though! DOH!"

Now here are the two lastquestions before we let Melanie goes studying how tigers brush their teeth again, even if we really liked her presence here: why did she choose this FML and why did she decided to send an illustration for FML?
"I liked it because it’s one of those moments that sounds as though it could be in a cartoon. It sounds pretty horrific, really – being kicked by a horse, I mean – but I found the story behind it hilarious. I’ve visited many horse trainers in my life (my family writes software for the horse racing industry) and this story just reminded me of all the awful things I’ve heard about people being injured by horses. It’s always horrible and NEVER something to be laughed at.
But I laughed at this one. (sorry!)
I wanted to try something different, and then I noticed an email in my inbox from a while ago that I’d completely missed! Oops! Anyway, I read through it and it sounded like a good opportunity to do just that. The site is also really great and I probably spend way too much time reading some of the stories, they make me laugh out loud and I can’t stop at just one!
"

 

 

It's a great illustration Melanie, thank you very much!

 

Melanie's DA is here: http://peridott.deviantart.com/

 

That's it folks, time to say goodbye, we'll meet next saturday with as specials guests... zombies! Yami.

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 our cowgirl Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#245 - Illustrated FML - On 11/10/2009 at 11:47am by FML Team - 9 comments

Sprawling FML

Slurp squish squish! Splash slurp-burp squish snort? Squi-sh slarp slurp shush, blurt. Blurt splash. Eek squis slurb strul snort slarp, shush. Slip haap eew squi ubb, twii. Slom urp slap swift, slup! Slup! Awss blupr squash splif, snort ? Snort slurp eek squish. Strul boow, squish Daniel Simon, slurp turp No Reason! (As today is the first time that we have an octopus-monster in the traditional Saturday illustration, we took some liberties and let the octopus write the introduction. There's nothing more to add, here's Daniel’s interview.)


Daniel is 29. He split his time between the beautiful city of Toronto, and the vast wilderness of his imagination where, he confesses, he walks into things a lot. And as Daniel is a freelance graphic designer, it's pretty good to have imagination (and energy, and patience, and culture...). But especially energy, as living thanks thank to our creations is much more difficult that we thought. Daniel is trying to break into illustration with Children's Books, Cartoons and some other comic related content, even if that means to do grunt studio work for Marketing and Advertising Agencies, Web Design and a smattering of other graphics related work for now. He also recently got approached to work on Graphic User Interfaces as a design consultant for a Business application developer. Yes, he's kind of a Jack-of-all-Trades when it comes to graphics, and gosh, what a great TV shows it was.


Our artist grew up drawing. As soon as he was able to comprehend and grasp objects that would make marks on other objects, he was drawing. He was terrible at it too. But he got better, he distinctly remember having a love of Superman and Spiderman when he was younger, and he started out by tracing the covers of his favorite comics, repetitively. Eventually he graduated to mimicry, trying to emulate the shapes and styles of things he liked. Magazine ads, Comic covers, porn he found under his parents bed, whatever captured his interest. His middle school art teacher recommended that he applied for a Regional Arts High School, so he did, and easily got in. He spent the next five years painting, drawing and learning all about art and it's techniques. But after that much art, he got pretty sick of it, as I'd been pretty much creating new work every day for five years. He stopped drawing almost entirely, and applied to an English Major Program at York University in Toronto intending to become a teacher. He's a pretty big reader, and he excelled in English. So, he figured teaching literature would be a good fit. Turns out, he hates Virginia Woolf. Enough so, that midway through his second semester, he grabbed all my old art, walked over the Fine Arts building and asked them if he could transfer. The professor who reviewed his work looked at it for a long time, looked at him and said, "I'm not supposed to tell you this now, but you're in. I'll see at the start of next semester." Which he didn't, because Daniel didn't have to take his class.



It turned out to be the greatest decision of his life. He got back into art, and learned new ways to conceptualize, and took classes on the side for New Media, Advertising, and Design. About the same time, he discovered Adobe Illustrator, having already worked with Photoshop in high school to do Photo-Editing. He spent a lot of time teaching himself how to use the programs, choosing to stay up late and work on websites and digital art, just for kicks. He got hooked in with some startup companies, and by fourth year he was balancing a full time job as a Media Professional designing template websites and being a full time student, which is where he learned to keep odd work hours.

In 2006, after reading through the entire archives of PVP, Penny-Arcade and Ctrl+Alt+Del and a few others, he decided he wanted to go lowbrow with his work. One sunny day on the dock at his parent’s cottage, he proposed the idea of starting a web comic with his best friend, Jeff Moss. It took some convincing, and some fisticuffs, but he finally managed to strangle out a couple of strips out of him, and so No Reason was born. 

Daniel loves drawing. Man, we feel like we say this every single week. We do in fact. It's pretty pleasant to work with happy artists! Any way he loves typography and package design. Remember that every time you buy a toilet roll or a Rolex watch, a designer created by his little hand the packaging and the typography to make you want this product, it's a communicative work that Daniel really likes: "I love creating things that communicate and engage people. I like that things I create affect people, which is one of my philosophies about art. I believe that real fine art is art that interacts and engages its audience."

At least, his "to do" list is enormous. He's currently working on his website and on top of that he has two client websites he's working on. Add to the list two different Children’s books (with two different authors), a short graphic story, and a few pitches for Cartoons, and you're just scratching the surface. He also has some scribbled notes about writing a book.


"-You sure do have a long list of things to do! Here are our last questions Daniel and we'll release you after, why did you choose this FML and why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-I had a hard time choosing one, and ultimately, Alice (you [me]) made the decision. When I wrote in inquiring about doing one, Chris Hallbeck's was held up as the gold standard, which I completely agree with as being one of the best illustrated FML's. The phrase 'Take it one step further' was used, so  I combed through the archives looking for just the right one. My only real parameters were 'Something vague enough to be taken to a weird place.' I found five or seven that fit the bill [we believe there's a lot more ..] , and bouncing the idea back and forth with Alice produced this one as the winner. I'm pretty happy about this one too. I love drawing monsters.
I've been reading FML for a few months. It's one of my time-wasters when I'm procrastinating. I'd been fighting the urge to steal some of them for scripts for comics, when I noticed Zach Weiners Illustrated FML. Then I didn't think about it for a while. Then I thought about it again. Then I was bored at a job and decided: I should do one too
."

 

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Brilliant idea, we love it Daniel, you should be bored at work more often !



Daniel's portofolio is right here: http://www.march1studios.com
No Reason webcomic is overthere: http://noreasoncomics.com/


Bulp slash squish stub? Slarp slurp urp eew alice@fmylife.com slish oow boow slurp!*
*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 has 8 tentacles, who will tell you what you have to do!

#241 - Illustrated FML - On 11/05/2009 at 6:11pm by FML Team - 7 comments


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