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FML's bringing cuties back

Hey there kitty kitty kitty, how’s our favorite little pets doing today? We hope your master took you out for a walk earlier in the morning, because now it's time to rest your little paws, so you can fully enjoy today's illustration. A lot of our little friends are here to commemorate this weekly celebration. Hello Kitty is right behind us, finishing her milk, and sending her 1'000'000th customized pencil, Beethoven and Lassie are on tenterhooks, waiting for us to present today's artist (and also expecting an addition to their family very soon, so congratulations to them about that) and Eddie McDowd is still searching for 24 good deeds to do before the wizard will let him go flirt with teenage girls again. And you are here, that's the most important thing. Ladies, gentleman, puppies, please welcome our artist of the day:  Becky Dreistadt !


Becky was born 23 years ago in Williamsburg, Virginia. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design's Sequential Art (Comics) department in 2008. She was kind of lost on what she could do with all of her free time. But then, she met Frank, and something amazing happened, not only did she fall in love but she also made a big decision and so she finally majored in comics rather than animation. When she graduated, she moved down to Auckland, New Zealand to work on comics with Frank, but the idea of moving back to Los Angeles in a few years time could be on the cards.



Our comic artist and illustrator’s main project is Tiny Kitten Teeth, a 3 to 5 times a weekly updated web comic, created in early 2009 after brainstorming with her partner Frank. They did a gag comic together, they liked it, but it didn't really give either of them a chance to be as creative as they wanted to be. Willing to give the best of themselves, they had another brainstorming session, and their new web comic was born within the hour. It's even more impressive that TKT is entirely painted in gouache. Making a made-of-gouache webcomic does not only take time and hard to put together, it's also pretty expensive, that's why here at FML, we are pretty impressed (and proud!) to welcome Becky.

Guess what, Becky loves animals! All the kinds of pets that you can imagine: rabbits, cats, dogs, birds and specially chickens. She like them both alive and cooked as teriyaki, or scrambled eggs. "I feel hypocritical!" she confesses. Besides the usual pleasures like live music and having great and weird adventures, Becky can't stop herself from liking more and more animals, that's why going to the zoo is one of her biggest hobbies.


"-Time to say goodbye Becky, but before we let you go to your enchanting little word full of little animals that we would love to live in, we would like to know why you chose to participate in the FML illustrations and why did you choose this particular story?
-FML is a really fun blog, I can relate quite a lot to the sentiment behind it. Also the freedom of being able to twist and change someone's story was really fun."


 

Your illustration is funny indeed AND it's cute, thank you Becky! Ooooooow kitties...

 

"Tiny kitten teeth" is this way: http://www.tinykittenteeth.com
Becky's DA is here: http://pocketowl.deviantart.com/

 

And now here's a little instruction manual on how to be our 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.

#211 - Illustrated FML - On 09/25/2009 at 5:45am by FML Team - 10 comments

FML tips the scale

Hello everybody! How is your waist measurement today? Belly full of turkey or most alike Nicole Richie? Drop your Reese's right now, we need your full attention for our brand new illustration, because it concerns you. Yes, you, sugar cane. From 7 to 777 lbs, you're all concerned by this all junk-food issue. It starts in the morning with those delicious Cheerios hanging out in your milk, and it lasts until you finished your tub of Chunky Monkey watching Carrie Bradshaw dumping Big again (or until you down a couple of beers watching the Houston Astros dumping victory and pride again). And we should be ashamed of eating this much. Really. It's time to take care about our body, our temple, so come on, everybody get on a diet, now. As we know, it's going to be tough, so we asked someone to help us, and she said yes, so please everybody, welcome Diana Kiester our today's artist, also known as Luna!

 

Luna is a quiet, young and promising young 19 year old college student, studying Business and Japanese in Oregon, planning to be a liaison for Japanese and American companies. She also works part-time at the same college, doing confidential application work (so, shhh!). Luna has two brothers with different forms of autism, one older and one younger. Both of her parents work full-time. Being the middle child, there's always quite a bit of pressure put on her to be responsible and take care of things. It's a little stressful, so art is her way of dealing with stress. Her Dad collects comic books, so she’s been reading those since she was 5, and trying to draw them as well! She has been drawing specifically in "anime" style since she was in Fourth Grade, when she picked up her first How-To-Draw book. For the past two years, she has been striving for improvement. It's hard to balance work, school, home-life, and art, but somehow she still manages to succeed. This past year was the most stressful to her, because she moved away from home to go to college. 

 

Luna has owned a DeviantArt account for two years now. She started it with a few goals in mind: she wanted to share her artwork with others (no matter the style or her expertise), she thought it would help her find ways to improve her art, and finally, she wanted to find other artists for inspiration! These three reasons ended up in a big project that has been on a long hiatus. When Luna finds some more time, and when she feels more comfortable with her style, she's going to start working on it again. Believe us, you'll be warned when her web comic will go online. Anyway, she easily confesses that she has too many ideas floating around for comics, animation, and artwork that she often loses track! But she made a resolution: next year, she will find some time to get at least 10% of them down on paper.

Now take your pen girl, and get ready for a pop quiz, what do you like about your life?
"I enjoy drawing (of course!), Reading books and comic books (I am an amazingly fast reader, or so I'm told. I finished the last Harry Potter book in less than 6 hours), hanging out with friends and family (my family is pretty cool), and cooking. I'm vegetarian and lactose intolerant, so it's an adventure figuring out different meals: I love italian, indian, german, and japanese food! And I love finding odd kitchen gadgets!"
And so do we. Are we the only ones that love the cheese graters?

 

"-Why did you choose this FML and why did you decided to send an illustration to FML?
-When I was reading FMLs a while ago, this one really caught my attention. I'm on a diet right now, so I can sympathize with the author. Plus, I love drawing awkward moments. Eh, I figured it would be fun to do !"


And it was fun to read, 100% win, thank you Luna for your great illustration!

 

Luna's deviantart account is this way: http://mangakaluna.deviantart.com/

We ate the Reese's. (And if you want to be our next published artist, or if you really love a web comic and you think it'll fit FML's humor, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including your name and the link of your website or the link of your favourite web comic. We'll check our emails after dinner.)

 

#204 - Illustrated FML - On 09/18/2009 at 8:23am by FML Team - 13 comments

FML's standing to attention

Everybody's standing to attention now! Even Uncle Sam has joined us, because he wants YOU for the F.M.L army. Polished shoes, shirt tucked in, chin up, head neatly shaved, you're ready for D-Day, the day for a new I-Illustration. No time for childishness, it's going to be bloody, with a large portion on French fries please. The training will be merciless, our enemy? Serious. Helped by today's artist (and judged by Ellen DeGeneres, how about that), being coached to fight this serious an opponent will never have been this fun. So please guys, welcome Wanchana Intrasombat also known as Vic! And what do you have to say? Sir, yes sir!

 

Vic is one of those people that we love to present to FML's audience. Once upon a time, the FML crew was hanging out on the net, checking for brand new artists for our traditional Saturday illustration, when, at the corner of a DeviantArt account, some great creations appeared. Speechless, we sent an email to the artist, asking him if he wanted to draw something for FML, and 3 hours later, his amazing illustration arrived in our mailbox. Fast and fabulous, a perfect combo.
Vic
  is 23 years old; he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. He went to college there and received his degree from the University of Thailand in Fine Arts, before going to Pune in India, to study English for 6 months. This new ability helped him to find a job 4 months ago, as a graphic-designer in a big International Thai firm, where he's surrounded by all kind of projects. He's working for example on a Thai card game project called "Magic soul island",  but he's also working on the aesthetic aspect of a new game of the German IPod/IPhone game concept, Blacksmithgames.

 


Even if our artist doesn't have much time to fill his DeviantArt blog with some of his unbelievable drawings, he's very attached to it, as sharing his creations to the rest of the world is very important to him:
"I love to have all kind of projects or concepts, I try to invent new stuff as much as I can! And then, when I have in mind a brand new kind of idea, I take my pen tablet and draw for hours. I don't stop until the illustration is not 100% finished. I can't leave my computer with a half-done work, that's just not my style!"

Vic's style, we can talk about that! Between artistic references such as Caravaggio and a fantasy world, Vic's creations are far removed from what you could have seen before. Funny or scary, his creations won't leave you indifferent; they always refer to legends or famous faces. Plus, we won't deny that his technique is close to perfection so yes, it helps.

"-Time to let you go back to your pen tablet Vic, but first, we would like to know why you chose to participate in the FML illustrations, and why did you choose this particular story?
-Just by reading it, I had the baby-situation in mind. I always thought it was stupid to recruit people, to make them soldiers against their will. Plus, for me, the funny side of the army is that, people don't talk (and don't ask and don't tell...), they're kinda like robots and they've been so formatted that they can't see how incongruous some situations can be. That's what I tried to represent in my illustration, with the soldier that doesn't even realize that he's carting away a baby! At the same time, I wanted to allude to kids that are still be recruited in some countries to become soldiers... I guess it's the kind of illustration that brings humor and still, talks about a serious issue. Concerning why I decided to do an illustration for FML, it's just that I love this website, it makes me laugh for hours!"

 


It is a great illustration, thank you Vic!

 

Vic's DA is here: http://victorior.deviantart.com/

And now here's a little instruction manual on how to be our 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.

#194 - Illustrated FML - On 09/17/2009 at 12:31pm by FML Team - 8 comments

The Original Book or The Personalized Edition, whatever makes you happy!

288 pages, 850 of the best FMLs, all in all, it's a really great book and you’re going to love it.

FML book

In it, we reveal the six viruses that are responsible for all FMLs! All the stories are classified by themes... not only is it funny, but it's now also the biggest 'shit happens' laboratory on earth:

1. Moments of shame
Surviving embarrassment, thanks to self-mockery

2. It’s just not fair!
You didn't ask for it, but you got it anyway

3. You shouldn't have even bothered...
You made your bed, now sleep in it

4. Shit out of luck
In the wrong place at the wrong time

5. Rock Bottom
Just when you thought you'd hit a new law

6. The banes of our existence
When all that's wrong with the world is condensed into one person.

Buy it now! (That’s what Ryan said*) - approx $12



There’s also the Personalized Edition ($21.95 - slightly more expensive, but a great gift idea!).


 

* Ryan is our publisher

#201 - Books - On 09/17/2009 at 12:28pm by FML team - 10 comments

WAH on FML

Good morning ladies, gentlemen, and everybody else... yes, everybody else, because today is "everybody else" day. You're not a lady, you're not a gentleman, it doesn't matter, you can be both, 50/50 or 25/75, it's okay, in fact, it’s great. Why are we so obsessed of being 100% made of female or male chromosomes? That sucks. Here at FML, after a projection of Victor Victoria, we decided to develop our hidden female or male sides. We are not the only one to do so, take a look around you: David Bowie, the Gossip, Sarah Palin, Brüno, none of them would be categorized to a single, and sad, panel. They all want to break free, and so do we. Supported by Mrs. Doubtfire, let's welcome today's artist who made this great illustration about gender confusion, Paul Westover !

Paul Westover lives in Eugene, OR, with his wife Jennifer and his three kids, Conner, Alec and Alyssa. He went to college there and received his degree from the University of Oregon in Digital Arts cum laude.

Our artist for today is a freelance illustrator and designer. Until recently, his main job since he graduated has been creating illustrations for standardized tests, for both the elementary and secondary levels. Once, someone told him that millions of kids would be seeing these illustrations, so, as you can imagine, he takes more than a little bit of pleasure in the idea that maybe, someday, a kid will see this illustrated FML and say, "Hey! That's the guy who drew 'How many donuts can I fit in this box?' ". And if you're that kid, just tell us how many donuts were in that box. But today, Paul's here thanks to his web comic ‘Woody After Hours’. He works with the writer Ben Carter, whose major accomplishments to date have been eating the World's Largest Gummi Bear™ and drinking his bodyweight in Diet Coke on a daily basis. Basically every kid’s dream. WAH is a web comic about a late night show in Raleigh, NC. It's quite a new web comic, as the website was launched earlier this year. Paul confesses that the best thing about it is that it gives Ben and he an opportunity to collaborate with other web comic authors/artists, as their characters are guests on the show. They write (together with Ben) and draw their own material, afterwards, Paul incorporates it into the artwork that he has created to complete the guest strips.

Paul loves illustrating. Since he was a little kid, he has always had a fondness for comic books. Once, his stepfather gave him a box of his comics when he was around the age of 8. As with Robin Williams, he was immediately hooked. That's how he decided to be a comic book artist when he grew up, influenced by comic artists such as John Byrne, George Perez, Mike Grell and others.
"The farthest I think I ever got was showing Mike Grell some work at a con and him saying "I was on the cusp of breaking in." I was still pretty young at the time, and I let life get in the way of following through on that dream. Well that, and a predisposition towards procrastination. My five year plan has always been to come up with a five year plan. So, it's nice to be working on a webcomic now. It kinda feels like I'm following through on something (albeit several years later!)."


When we asked Paul if there was anything else he liked, besides illustrating, his answer is close enough: animation. His dream would be to create independent comic/horror animated serials for the web or TV. But, as operate a web comic is difficult and absorbing enough time (but don't worry, is updates are always on time, he swears, and we believe him), he just can't find the right moment right now. He has been teaching animation to his 9-year-old daughter, who is 9, so they’re keeping it in the family.

 

"-Time to say goodbye Paul, but first, we would like to know why you chose to participate to the FML illustrations and why did you choose this particular story?
-I saw all the cool kids were doing it, so I wanted in! Plus, I absolutely love this site! I like to finish a long day with a visit here. It always makes me feel a little bit cheerier, because what better way to lift one's spirits than the pain and anguish of strangers? As for the particular FML I chose, it was really difficult. There is so much potential in a lot of these items. For me, at least with this one, when I read it, I immediately had a visual that made me chuckle. The ones that let your imagination run with it a bit are always the best!"

 

You're illustration fits perfectly with what you just said. Thank you Paul !

 

Woody After Hours, is this way: http://www.woodyafterhours.com/
Paul's personal website is this way (and believe us, it worths taking a look) : http://www.paulwestover.com/

 

And now here's a little instruction manual on how to be our 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. It's not that complicated is it? Don't waste any more time and send an email now!

#192 - Illustrated FML - On 09/03/2009 at 5:40pm by FML Team - 5 comments


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