Hello people and welcome to this blog article in which I’m going to introduce a new artist to you, but first I must show you this old document that has just seen the light of day that shows prehistoric men getting their priorities straight. In other news, FML is also about education, and today we’re learning how to count with Robert Downey Jr’s help.
Our guest is 22 and knows how to count. He lives in Rennes in France, and is called Benjamin. Yes, just Benjamin. “What do I do? For the moment, not a lot, I’ve finished my studies and I’m still looking for my first job. Being unemployed allows me to develop my own projects and test new things.”
That’s all well and good but we need details! “At the moment, I’m putting together a comic book project so I can present it to a publisher. I’ve written the story, I’ve done some graphic research, and all I need to do now is the hard work of creating the storyboard and a few definitive artwork that a publisher might like.”
And all we need to do is wish him good luck. He deserves it!
So, how did he get here? Well, he got a literary high school diploma in 2008, and then went to art school to make comics. “I thought I’d be able to take it easy. How wrong I was!” Benjamin soon learnt that he had to forget all about 35-hour weeks, which were done “in two days.” In any case, that’s where he found out more about animation and four years later ended up with a diploma in animation drawing. “It’s now been three months since I’ve been looking for a job in an animation studio and I survive by doing a few animations here and there.”
For now, our guest tries to get to know a maximum of things by animating and painting but is still concentrating on his comic book project. Ideally he’d like to find a place in an animation studio to find a foothold in the sector. If you have any peeps in the business, check out his blog, you’ll see that he’s quite good…
As for us, we’ll move on to the next part. Yes, I know, this transition is like a magic trick, really impressive.
Cats or dogs?
Neither. I’m allergic to both.
What are the latest things you liked in movies, music, books and comics?
At the movies I really enjoyed Lawless, the latest James Bond movie was really good, Starbuck was a really nice surprise and The Hunt shook me up. Musically I rediscovered RJD2 and the latest C2C album. Other than that there’s Chinese Man, ASM or Ratatat who are in my playlist at the moment. In comics there’s Butcher Baker who amazed me graphically and the Walking Dead series that is great and that I recommend to everyone!
Who are the main artists you like and whose blogs you visit regularly?
I like going the blogs by Robert Valley, Peter de Sève or Alberto Mielgo, mainly people who work in animation, and as for comics blogs I follow regularly Boulet and I like the interactive comics “Turbomedia” who have developed recently.
Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, your pastimes, your vices, and your every day pleasures.
Since I finished my studies I’ve got more time for myself so I’ve been able to do more sports, catch up on TV shows and discover video games. Otherwise, every day I draw and draw.
Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
To finish off, ask yourself a question that you would’ve liked to have been asked and choose whether or not to answer it.
If you could become a super hero, what super power would you choose? I would choose teleportation.
And to see Benjamin’s illustrated FML, click here.
We end this article with this week’s videos. Are you allergic to things that are cute? Let me correct that: to things that are very cute. If so, don’t watch this video. You have been warned. In the meantime, people have been making art with scotch tape, while all I can do is rip the hairs from a friend’s arm with it. I know. See you next week!
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!