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Inside out FML

Hallo iedereen! As promised, we're continuing our 'Artists from the Netherlands' month, and today we're welcoming someone very special. Her illustrations are as dainty as inspiring. She'd like to create wallpapers to embellish anyone's home and frankly, I'd love to have a room decorated by her. Her imagination is the reason I fell in love with her and I'm proud to introduce her to you today. Ladies, gentlemen, Sue Sylvester, please welcome...

-Hello everyone, my name is Chantal van Mierlo. Also, my nickname is Skandaloe !

-Why did you choose this nickname?
A friend of mine used to call me Skandaloes, so I got it as a present by accident.

-How old are you? 
28 years old.

-Where do you live?
-Antwerp, Belgium but 
I am from Zwolle, Overijssel, the Netherlands. So I am 100% Dutch!

-What's your job?
Besides illustrating I work part-time in a magazine store and besides that I'm doing evening education in communication. I hope in this way I'll also be capable to increase my conceptual skills.



-What's your journey ?
Thinking and getting there. But where is not completely clear jet. So I'll surprise myself. Also my journey is to find out what my capacities are. What am I capable of with illustrating? And my biggest dream is to design wallpaper and other products people can use in their homes.

-What are your inspirations?
My inspirations are patterns, jokes and illustrations from the '60s and '70s. This includes the cool retro patterns and stuff. For example Alain Gree, an awesome illustrator.

-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-Not really, but if someone really wants me too, I will.



-Tell me more about your creations.
-I like working with a theme or subject given by a client or whatever. I create it because of people can see it of course. It is an easy way to show my work. I like enjoying people with my images. At the school of arts theory were looking for "deeper" emotional stuff, but I have to admit that that is not really what I am looking for. I just want people to be happy.

-How do you work?
-Normally I start sketching in my sketchbook. And thereafter I'll scan it and work on it on the computer, flipping out on patterns, colors and stuff. I try to make happy cozy things. Light subjects and "funny", perhaps in the future things will become some heavier, I have to admit, I cannot predict the future. I will see which path I will walk down.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I got it from you, Alice, and I liked it :)





Chantal's website:



If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1383 - Illustrated FML - On 06/08/2013 at 3:17am by Alice - 2 comments

Worst School FMLs

School is hell and teachers are often evil. Watch five of the worst FMLs about them. If you went to school or are still there, you know what we mean. If you didn't go, watch the video anyway to learn the awful truth (and congratulations for being able to read this article).



#1385 - Videos - On 06/03/2013 at 7:59am by The FML Team - 133 comments

Don't forget your FML control

Welkom everybody! No, I didn't drink too many piña coladas yesterday, and I'm not getting a simple English language word wrong, it's just that the surprise we'd promised is finally here! The whole of the month of June is dedicated to artists from the Netherlands. After discovering La Nonette, we fell in love with all of the new art coming from this little known country and decided to brave the cold, the rain and the windmills (Don Quixotte style). Laten we beginnen met het interview.


-What are your name, surname and nickname? 
-Abe Borst a.k.a. Squabe.

-Why did you choose this nickname?
It's a nickname my friends used for me and it kinda stuck with me. We were combining names with the word squid, and I liked the results with my name, so I kept it. Now I use it to publish my work. In a way it's a tribute to my friends. I make autobiographical work, so my friends have played a big part in that, being part of my life and all.

-How old are you?

-Where do you live?
Arnhem, the Netherlands.

-What's your job?
Currently I'm a full-time illustrator and comic artist, but money is a problem. So I'm also looking for a job on the side.

-What's your journey?
After I finished High School I didn't know what I wanted to do. I started to study biochemistry, but it was too rigourous for me, too many rules and regulations. Don't ask questions and do what is asked from you. It goes against what I am. So I dropped out and decided that I wanted to do something more creative. I was always busy with stories and drawing them. So I went to art school to study animation, but very quickly I noticed the time and effort you have to put in an animation; I did not like that. I have respect for animators who have the patience to do all that, but it's not for me. So I switched to illustration, but I missed the bit where I could tell a story. At the end of my first year as an illustration student the answer came to me; a new course started at my school: comic design. So for my second year of art school I started to follow the comic design lessons. I LOVED IT. It was the thing I was looking for. I could tell a story in a visual way, but didn't have to put the crazy amount of time and effort in to create the image that I wanted to as with animations. I found the right direction I needed to talk about stuff. So I started to keep a comic diary where I would tell small, funny stories about my life; thoughts and feelings I had. 



-What are your inspirations?
My own life is my biggest inspiration; not that my life is so full of interesting stuff, but I like to switch the perspective on things. That way I can make the most boring stuff interesting. I also get inspired by some good storytelling. There are some Buffy episodes and movies I can keep watching and the way how the stories get told just make me want to get to my desk and start telling my own stories.

-Do you read webcomics?
I do read them; they are a part of my daily life. It's also good to see what other webcomic artists are up to. I always read the comics of one of my colleagues Ype Driessen. He makes picture comics about his own life. Sometimes we like to make some comics together. In those we answer questions from readers. It is fun to combine my drawings with his pictures. Other Dutch webcomics I always read are from Floor de Goede and Vera Groos, they also talk about their own lives. I also love the work of Kate Beaton, I do not always get it because I'm not such a history nerd, but still. Her style is nice and free, and I always have to laugh when I read her comics featuring superheroes. 



-Tell us more about your autobiographical webcomic?
-The last few months more and more people started to read my webcomic. It is kind of strange, because I'm telling all these people I don't know all this stuff about my life. So they know what I do, what I think, what I dream of, but I know nothing about them. Some people act like they know me because they read my comics, but there is a lot that I don't tell in them. It is also weird because in the last few months I also got recognized on the street and some people start to call me a famous Dutchman. I don't think I'm that famous, just more noticed then the average person. But still I like to act like I'm famous, I think it's fun to be a bit of a drama queen. 

-How do you work?
I mostly work at home. I also like to work with people surrounding me, so I also work some days of the week in a studio. There are a lot of other comic artists there, as well as illustrators and graphic designers. I like the diversity there, I can always get some different opnions on my work. The people there are fun, some times a bit to much, then it's hard to concentrate, but that's why they invented headphones.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
I got a visual when I read this story. There was enough space for me to play with. I like it when I can make a story my own, and this one felt perfect for it. Also, I already got the punchline from it.





Abe Borst's website:



If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1382 - Illustrated FML - On 06/01/2013 at 9:27am by Alice - 5 comments

FML's Day at the Beach

The beach is a tough place to hang out if your body doesn’t live up to society’s tough standards. Thanks, fashion magazines, you’ve made us all paranoid about our butts and bellies. The beach is usually full of perfect people, with perfect lives, living out perfect Frisbee competitions with their perfect friends, while we get sand in our crotches, sandwiches and eyes. Legendary stand-up comedian Bill Hicks had this to say of the beach:
“It's where dirt meets water, alright? (…) I've got a bathtub and an imagination; I'm staying indoors this summer. That way I can listen to music that I like. Maybe I'm just jealous man, everyone at the beach is perfect, you know; tanned skin, white teeth, I've got white skin, tanned teeth.”

So, there’s sun, sand, implied sex that we’re not having, and beach balls. Too many beach balls. The only thing cool about the beach was the Beach Boys, and most of them looked like they never went to the beach. So boo to the beach. Those perfect people are probably idiots anyway. Yeah, let's all make sweeping generalizations based on looks, that'll make us feel better.

Here at FML, we’ve reluctantly been to the beach. We came back with some stories that we caught in a small net, bought from some shady shack by the road that they always seem to have, and the Video Guys have made some of them into a short film. They look good on the beach in this, though. That’s probably due to the tons of special effects involved in the making of this video.  We hope you enjoy watching it as much as they enjoyed making it.

#1384 - Illustrated FML - On 05/27/2013 at 8:53am by The FML Team - 9 comments

Sharina's Illustrated FML

Hi gang! Glad to see you all again, hope you’re doing fine and dandy. We are, amazing stuff has happened in amongst all the drudge and sludge. We’ve spent the week listening to the greatest album ever released; an amazing mish-mash of old and new, electro-soul and robofunk grooves. It’s just magical; Rod Stewart’s new album really proves that he definitely is God. Anyhoo, tis finally the weekend, which means it’s time for an illustrated FML, so on with the show.

This week we’re welcoming Sharina, AKA Tisha in the blog world. She lives in France and works as a 2D-3D graphics designer, and she enjoys creating atmospheres, injecting color and being able to work on good animation projects. However, she reckons she needs “a stable job”. If you’ve got any going, she’ll probably accept your (serious) offers.
Right now she’s working on a short film, “La vie sans truc” (Life without ‘thing’) as chief colorist, all the while being assistant director on another short film called “Limbo Limbo Travel”.
So, what’s her story? “After a 3D animation diploma, I wanted to leave Paris to get away from the terrible weather and stressful lifestyle. I went south to Angouleme, then Bordeaux to start working in animation studios. I returned to Paris, worked on a short movie called “Logorama”, then on some video games, and then some animated TV shows.”
Her current projects included something called “Kokoro”, which is a collective of several artists (Kosal, Kappou, Marine, Gael Roulin, Cédric Babouche, Meme and herself) who put their talents at the service of charity. “An initial art book has been released and will be on sale at the Paris Japan Expo. At the moment we are working on a second art book with new members like Pascal Campion, Sergi Brosa, Anna Cattish, Ken Niimura, Paku and Marss! There will also be some surprise guests! You can support us via our fanpage.”
Well, we’ll always try to support any form of charity effort even if we look like a bunch of slackers. But for now, on to the next part of the interview.

Cats or dogs?
As long as it’s small, hairy and cute! (I’d like to point out that this ONLY applies to animals, haha).

What are the latest things that you enjoyed at the movies, in music, books and comics?
At the movies I loved Django Unchained. I listen a lot to Flume, Bernhoft, Pretty Light, Chapelier fou and many more. And to get back to my roots: Ludovico Einaudi.
In comics, I really loved Eco by Almanza.

Which artists do you like and whose blogs do you frequently check out?
The list might go on for a bit! Hmm, I’ll start with the masters: Wendling, Bianco, Enrique Fernandez, Dalena, Barbucci, Canepa. Nob and Almanza.
I also check out bloggers such as Emilie Decrock, Kosal, Minikim, Anna Cattish, Ciaa and Tship.

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices and everyday pleasures.
Zoning out walking around, the wind in my hair, headphones on my ears and music blaring. Playing the piano, pulling out my camera, playing video games and drawing of course. And doing all this with a tub of chocolate-chip mint ice cream!

Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
Me? A phobia? Never! Well, OK, I’m afraid of insects and creepy-crawly things.

To finish off, ask yourself a question that you would’ve liked to have been asked, and then choose whether or not to answer it.
-Don’t I own you a tub of chocolate-chip mint ice cream?
-OH YES, I’ve been waiting for it for 3 years!


Click here to see Sharina's Illustrated FML


So there we have it. That was Sharina. We thank her for her wonderful illustration, and for taking part in the FML experience. Next week, we’ll be welcoming a cat that has learned to paint with its tail and who has made an illustration for us using watercolors and ash. No, not really, but maybe one day we will. We can only live in hope. Never forget your dreams. We dream of cats that would paint stuff for us. Erm, yeah… OK. See you next week, and in the meantime, be excellent to each other.


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1381 - Illustrated FML - On 05/24/2013 at 8:54pm by Julien - 6 comments