FML's feeling foxy
"Precious little diamond, I leave it all to you..." sang Fox The Fox back in 80s, when FML was in nappies, drooling over its parents' couch. This week, we've left it all up to Emma Lazauski to bring Foxes to life in her rather wonderful illustration of an FML, and we also managed to wrangle an interview out of her as well. So sit down, stand up, enjoy the article and the illustration, then Google the song mentioned at the beginning of this article, it's ace.
-What's your name and surname?
-How old are you?
-I am 26.
-Where do you live?
-What do you do for a living?
-I am a professional illustrator; I draw, paint and otherwise make images to illustrate different concepts and products. Most of my work has been used internally at different companies so I don’t have any work in print yet, but I’d love to break into book illustration.
-What's your story?
-I grew up reading fairy tales and scrawling maps and monsters in Rhode Island, but I thought I’d like to try living somewhere new for college and decided to study illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida. After graduation in 2007 I got a job at a company as a product designer for home décor and holiday ornaments, where I became sick to death of Christmas. After I was downsized I worked as a floral designer for a little while and began freelancing in earnest. Lately I’ve been getting enough illustration work to drop the floral gig, which makes me very happy!
-What are your projects?
-Currently a lot of my time goes to my professional freelance work but I’m also working on my new portfolio website (InklingArt.com) and doing a lot of personal work in my sketchbook. I like to get a small watercolor notebook and fill it up with sketches and mini paintings and I’ve also been experimenting a little with comics lately. I would love to do book illustration. Stories are a huge part of the reason I started drawing when I was a kid and I’d like to think that some sense of narration comes across in most of my work, even when it’s more of a tease. Perhaps especially then.
-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-I’m between portfolio websites at the moment because I’m working on a new one, but I do keep a blog! OddSketch (oddsketch.blogspot.com) began as a place to post a project I was working on last summer. Basically I was making a sketch every day around my regular work, so having a blog to update every night was a nice way to mark the schedule and to show people what I was doing. After a while it transitioned into a regular art blog, but it’s still my go-to place for posting project updates. Especially works-in-progress.
-What inspires you ?
-A lot of things inspire me and any list would be incomplete! For visual artists, Alan Lee, John Howe, Bill Watterson, Eyvind Earl, John Bauer and many others. I also get a lot of inspiration from listening to music; sounds seem to give me ideas and keep my brush and pen moving. Mostly rock, movie soundtracks and some classical/world folk. I am ridiculously addicted to scientific and historical documentaries.
-What makes you laugh the most?
-My friends, although I don’t live near them at the moment so we mostly talk online. They are great friends! My cat is pretty funny, too. Even (or perhaps especially) when she makes me want to tear my hair out.
-Why did you choose this FML?
There are a lot of great FML stories out there, but not all of them make interesting drawings. This one immediately got my mind rolling in the direction of some images. Plus, foxes are really, really cute.
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
Last week I was working and my cat jumped up on the desk. I picked her up to keep her from knocking stuff over and she grabbed hold of a fresh mug of tea with her paws, dragging nearly boiling water right across the keyboard. This was the second keyboard she’s destroyed in three months.
Many thanks for your comic Emma !
Emma's website http://oddsketch.blogspot.com/
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