Sweet and Sour FML
So, you thought we’d left you? You are truly cute, we'd never leave you, especially on our saturday-kind-of-sunday illustration. Today, we're not writing the article from the beach, too posh. This time, we're modestly writing the artist's biography from our sunny terrace, a mojito in one hand (because piña coladas were so last week), the other on a random chick's waist. Right, we're writing with our noses. As you might have noticed, FML has the privilege of receiving talented artists that we love to present to you. Today is no exception. Everybody, please welcome our new artist, which a holiday didn't prevent from making us a great illustration, Henry R. Frew!
It's from Billings, Montana, USA, that Henry, our 27-year-old artist, responded to our curious questions. Henry's an animator and game designer for Fleetwood Gaming Inc. They make video poker and keno machines and games for casinos. Basically, what Henry does is create the little characters that run around the screen during the games that help the player understand what’s occurring, entertain them, celebrate with them when they win big and things like that. Then, when darkness comes, our everyday guy from Montana puts on his tights, his fluorescent underwear and becomes the superhero that he always dreamed of being, the superhero that needs to save blank pieces of paper by filling them with awesome drawings. That's right, he's a freelance comics and animation projects creator, and you may think that it's the same as his day job, but don't get it wrong, these projects are totally different, so he gets to learn a lot.
As a matter of fact, Henry doesn't complain about his life, as he loves what he does. He enjoys creating new characters and bringing them to life in animation. The casino games don't tell much of a story, so you have to just throw a lot of personality into the character and figure out the actions and animations that represent that personality as quickly as possible. Next time you bet twice your annual salary on such a game, you'll have Henry in mind while you'll see animated characters dancing around your screen. ?But Henry's ambition doesn't stop there. He would like to be animating for TV or films, as he loves telling stories and using animation to tell them.
You liked Henry's illustration? You'll love Henry's blog. This recently married artist has been displaying his amazing work on deviantart for 5 years now, an easy way to show your work online and get feedback. And as Henry says, "it's great to be able to communicate and get inspired by other artists so quickly. I've got a group of friends online from it." And if that wasn't enough, he's also a proud member of the Sketch Tavern, a tavern full of beers and great artists, and what else would you need? Other than games, he also got a comic book, which is about halfway finished, and he's working on a short film based on the same character.
Last question because yes every good articles have an end, why did Henry choose this FML?
"They're were a lot of great ones. As I reading though them, but this one was so absurd I could totally see happening and I thought it worked great visually. I immedately thought of pulling back and revealing STARBUCKS! And hoped it would be as funny in comic form as it was written!"
It is. Thank you Henry !
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