Hey there everyone! At the time of writing it’s Friday the 13th. Which means that by the time you read this, I might have had my head sliced off by an escaped mental patient wearing a hockey mask, or I might’ve been shoved into a huge blender by an escaped mental patient wearing a hockey mask, or I might actually be a mental patient wearing a hockey mask, and that’s me knocking at your door with a meat cleaver for a hand.
Anyway, before any of that happens, it’s time to present this week’s artist. She’s called Sophie, and she’s from France. She has a blog, a portfolio but doesn’t have a Twitter account because she claims she “has a life”. She’s been 25 for the past 11 years.
So, what’s she up to? “Freelance illustrator for only the past two years. Before that I was a project manager for a city council, so not at all the same thing. But it wasn’t much fun, I wanted to have a laugh during the day and I didn’t want to have to wake up at 6:30am or take public transportation. So I said to myself, drawing, that’s a cool thing to do, you can live where you want, work whenever you want… So now I get to sleep late and I’m starving. But it’s good for my figure.”
She says that particularly likes working from home in the winter, when everyone else has to go out in the cold, under the rain. She giggles in front of her computer while thinking about them, the crazy witch. She enjoys the freedom the work brings, and the fact that drawing is fun. She’s her own boss, has to obey to no one, but her bank won’t lend her any money anymore, she can’t go shopping much, doesn’t eat much, talks to herself and thinks she’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. And she also thinks she’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Oh, we said that already. Sorry. Anyway, she says she regrets nothing.
At the moment she’s working on small personal projects: two kids books and two comic books. “I have advertising contracts here and there and little comic strips in a teen magazine.” But for now she has to “find her Christmas tree, find a significant other, start a family and save the world!”
What’s her educational career? “I wanted to be like Indiana Jones when I was little. So I studied law. Can’t you see the similarities? Me neither. But you learn from your mistakes I’m told. I managed to get my masters degree in environmental law in England where I spent over a year and a half. Being a student in England is great, I’d recommend it. Then I studied archeology in Paris, which was closer to my goal but there where no jobs going and it’s nothing like being Indiana Jones. I wanted to find the Holy Grail and become immortal. So while I was waiting around, I started doodling. So I’m self taught. My father was an illustrator, so I did have a bit of a background, having been to a lot of book fairs and comic book festivals during the first 15 years of my life. Oh, and I spent almost 3 years in Italy, so I speak a bit of Italian, but not a lot because where I was, we spoke mainly English. Shame."
Yep, that’s a shame alright! Anyway, on to the next part of the interview! The Q&A part. Here we go:
Cats or dogs?
Dogs! They smell bad, lose their hair, they dribble but they’re the only thing in the world that would give it’s life for you.
What are the latest things you enjoyed at the movies, in music, books and comic books?
I really live Alabama Monroe at the movies, it’s a beautiful movie and the soundtrack is great too. I have to go and see Gravity. Books: I have just started It by Stephen King and I’ve been advised to keep some space free in my freezer to shut the book in. Should I be worried? As for comics, I haven’t read much recently. That’s a bad thing, I should go to stores more often.
Who are the main artists you enjoy and whose blogs you check out regularly?
There’s too many to list here. There is an incomplete list on my blog. And there’s a lot of artists that I love who don’t have a blog.
Tell us about what you enjoy in life, your passions, your pastimes, your vices, your everyday pleasures.
I’m going to be original: drawing. Other than that, cooking, dancing, movies, swimming, chocolate and cheese (not at the same time), books, chocolate, traveling, cheese, meals with friends, alcohol, marshmallows, sex, chocolate (at the same time or not), rock music, cheese, opera. Wait, I’m sure I’m forgetting something important, ah yes, chocolate and cheese!
Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
I’m afraid of spiders. But I quite like Spider-Man.
To finish off this interview, ask yourself a question you would’ve liked to have been asked and then choose to answer it or not.
-Would you like me to give you 60 million Euros? (because a million seems cheap)
-Yes please, that’s very kind!
There we go. She was nice. How could you not like someone who lists cheese, chocolate and sex as her favorite hobbies? Those are FMLs favourite things too. Well, that’s it for this week. We’re still on the run up to Christmas, but it’s not yet Christmas, but it’s just like Christmas with all the decorations clawing at our eyeballs from every angle, so here’s what should be on heavy rotation on every radio station around the world, Low’s “Just Like Christmas”. See you next week!
And to see Sophie Ruffieux's Illustrated FML, click here.
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!