Crimson Sun's Illustrated FML
Hello everybody! Thanks to the amazing Julien, we've had wonderful artists for the few last weeks. Today, we're not going French though. We're going to the amazing (and weird) country named Australia to discover Crimson Sun, an artist you may already know thanks to her amazing fan-arts (including Avengers, Sherlock, etc.). Let's get the chance to know her, shall we!
-What is your name, surname and nickname?
-I have this grandiose vision that one day, I'll become wildly famous and successful under both my pen name and my real name, at which point I'll publicly tie the two together and bask in the due glory which would no doubt result. Since that hasn't happened yet, you can know me as my pen name - Crimson Sun - which I made up for online use about twelve years ago and now can't for the life of me remember why. Friends call me Crim!
-How old are you?
-Where do you live?
-What's your job?
-I'm a veterinarian.
-What's your journey?
-The choice after high school was between art and science, though art never really had a fair go. This is mostly because -
a) as a kid, I used to sit outside my neighbour's house for hours, petting their dog, and a life working with animals just sounded like the best thing ever;
b) I thought the medical/veterinary skill set would be more useful to me in the impending zombie apocalypse;
c) there was a voice in my head (still present, which I may one day need to take meds for) driving me toward a life of academia, surgical instruments, and bitter loneliness; and
d) I knew myself well enough to know I lacked the creativity and motivation to be a truly successful artist. That doesn't mean I've ever stopped or will ever stop drawing, though! I'm currently working for an extremely capable and compassionate boss, and the plan for the next few years is just to learn as much as possible and help the practice expand. One day I hope to produce a comic based on my veterinary experiences, which would be the ultimate combination of both my passions.
-What are your inspirations?
-I started drawing to imitate the popular anime/manga series of the nineties - y'know, Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, Pokemon, Evangelion, etc - and though I haven't watched an anime series for ages, I don't think that early influence would ever leave my work. I'm really into Marvel at the moment, and there are innumerable online artists I admire and draw inspiration from. Gotta love that internet!
-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-Too many to name them all! The ones that immediately jump to mind are Nedroid Comics and Romantically Apocalyptic.
-Tell us more about your Tumblr?
-I started a tumbleblog about two years ago because all the cool kids were doing it, and 'cause being on Tumblr was infinitely more interesting than studying for final exams. It remains a lovely form of procrastination to this day.
-How do you work?
-Frantically, and alone.
-Why did you choose this FML story?
-Mostly because the 'dude looks like a lady' gag is old and I wanted to liven it up a little. Also because I resent the notion that every encounter with a beautiful stranger has to result in romantic conquest. Why can't we just aim to make friends? What's wrong with purely platonic relationships? Why is our society so obsessed with dating? What do you mean I sound like a jaded singleton? ...What was the question again?
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!