Is there a doctor in this article? Actually yes! Well, actually no. Grey's Anatomy's fans, Michelle is an artist you need to know. And for everybody else, well, you need to know her too. Don't wait a minute anymore and check out her surprising interview:
-Hello hello Michelle, can you present yourself to the FML audience?
-Haha, this is hard..
-Don't be vulgar please, we've barely started.
-I'm 23, I'm new to illustration! But I'm working very hard to get into children's illustration in particular.
-Where do you live?
-I live in New York.
-That seems exciting. What's so great and lame about New York?
-Um, well the obvious things are great about New York, there's lots of stuff going on here, there's a huge illustration community in Brooklyn, I can take classes in anything I want to know more about, like anatomy or the writing side of children's books. And the lame parts... I live on an island that's actually like 80 feet from downtown Manhattan, but it takes me 1 hour to get anywhere, so where I live it's pretty lame in general. Also it can be crowded and noisy, and smelly, but generally it's a great place to live, especially since 90% of publishing happens just across the street.
-Why did you want to become an illustrator?
-Um, well originally I wanted to be a Neuroscientist, that's what I got my degree in but I tried working in it, and a lot of the people I met weren't happy so I started asking myself what made me happy... and I remembered that my favorite part of college had been drawing all the diagrams and I'd done a lot of art in high school. So I started taking some continuing ed classes at SVA and FIT and everything about illustration just felt really right, like "yes! this is what I was meant to be doing all that time!". Plus it's super fun.
-This is pretty uncommon!
-Yeah, my family's pretty confused.
-I can't help asking: how did your parents react?
-Well, they're really supportive actually. When i quit my job at the lab, the economy was really bad, so my dad gave me a temp job to pay the bills so i could draw the rest of the time
-Wow they're cool. OK, you can keep them. Now, you just have to become the greatest illustrator to make them proud. No Pressure.
-Haha, pretty much !
-Tell us about your website
-I used to have only a blog but I wanted something more integrated with my portfolio, blog and anything I'm selling (so right now a link to my Society 6). So my brilliant web-designer husband built it for me. It's still a little under construction and we're doing small tweaks here and there, but it's everything I wanted. As far as the blog goes, right now it's just my ramblings and thoughts and experiences, but one day I hope to have something more geared towards people who want to become illustrators but have little or no background in art, sort of like Zero2Illo but since he started with an arts background more like, negative-a-billion2Illo
-What are your next projects?
-Well I hope to get hired to illustrate something for money, but in the meantime I have a couple of vanity projects I'm working on. Like a comic for 9 year old girls about a girl who finds a miniature circus under a rock. And I've also got a book dummie that keeps me busy and occasionally I get little fun jobs, like tattoo design or commissioned paintings
-Why did you choose this story?
-Haha, it was tough actually. I most do stuff geared towards children and my options were pretty racey! But I really liked the idea of the petulant teenager. I thought that it would be a fun opportunity to get to draw some snotty teenage facial expressions. Plus I loved drawing the little brother
-Because little brothers are evil, we aaall know that ... thank you for your contribution Michelle! And dear readers, next week, we're going down the "Hamster Boulevard". Yeah, spoilers, but can you guess which story is going to be illustrated ?
Michelle's websites : http://www.michellekrasny.com/
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!