No, you're not dreaming, the illustrator, creator of those lovable fluffy cats you can find on DeviantArt is our artist of the day. Rihards, that's his name, is also the proud creator of Boggarts, another kind of cat, cheekier than anything you've ever seen. But oh, so adorable. Let's not wait a minute more, here's the program, read the interview, go on the artist's DeviantArt gallery, and find a new desktop. Deal? Let's go!
-What are your name, surname and nickname?
-My name's Rihards Donskis and I tend to use Apofiss as my internet nickname.
-Why did you choose this nickname?
-Well, long story short - I took it from TV-series called Stargate-SG1 back in year 1999 I think. If I'm not mistaken Apophis was one of the villains and I thought it sounded neutral and cool. And no, I didn't know the name Apophis comes from Egyptian mythology, specifically an evil god - the deification of darkness and chaos. Now how sweet is that!?
-How old are you?
-Where do you live?
-I currently live in Latvia.
-You're officially our first artist from Latvia! What's your job in Latvia? (Latvia is such a cool word.)
-Basically my job is to do things I love to do, most of the time at least which is drawing, painting, designing, 3d modeling and everything art related.
-What's your journey?
-I have been into drawing and creating since my very first days where many inspirations like Disney ( The Lion King, etc ), 5th Element and few more very inspirational content shaped my path. I didn't really drew all the time... there was a long gap in between before I actually picked up pencils and brush again! Back in 2008 I got my first tablet and a whole new and more serious journey began. :)
-Do you read webcomics?
-I don't really read comics much in general, but I do notice and enjoy few popular ones like Stupid Fox or alike. -Tell us more about the amazing DeviantArt gallery you own. At the moment I don't really have a proper website yet one can follow me on DA or even Facebook and buy lots of nice prints featuring my original artworks. :3
-How do you work?
-Considering my way of doing things, I tend to work on my own ideas instead of doing commercial commissions thus I feel more creative and productive. Sometimes whenever I have more free time I offer personal commission works. (Check out this amazing video of Rihards illustrating)
-And now, last but not least, why did you choose this FML story?
-The one I chose was a matter of few seconds and I got the basic idea right away which would fit the awkward nature of Boggart ;D
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML
Apofiss's DA: http://apofiss.deviantart.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/DeviantArt. 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!