Well, he’s a man, he’s 28, he lives in Paris, France and he’s called Frantz Hoffman AKA Ztnarf. “I’ll let you guess where that comes from. A hint: it’s easy.” He’s a graphics designer and freelance illustrator by trade, even though at the moment he spends most of his time on cartoon projects and creating a very nice illustrated FML for which I am very grateful.
“I have no room, money or time, but that’s nothing compared to the rest! Being able to draw all day is a childhood dream!” We understand the Frantz is happy doing what he does, working in the shadows at the moment, and you can discover a new cartoon every month on the website 30joursdeBD.
He has many projects bouncing around his head, mainly with an album in preparation, as well as some collaborations coming up. Of course, like all good artists, his mind is full of ideas and we have no doubt that a lot of them are good. Frantz wasn’t always self-employed since he quickly stopped his graphics studies to start work. He was a web graphics designer for 2 years before working for 3 years for a video game studio in Paris. “And now I’m self-employed.” Perfect.
Now that you know a bit more about him, let’s move on.
Cats or dogs?
A velociraptor, or a hermit crab.
What are the latest things you liked at the movies, in music, books and comics?
Well, there was “Twilight, Breaking Dawn”… no but seriously I really enjoyed “Super” with Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page which came out a year or two ago. Musically I’m pretty faithful to my old playlists. But I really liked (and listened a lot to) the latest Tenacious D album “Rize of the Fenix.” The books I loved were “The Zombie Survival Guide” and “World War Z”, both by Max Brooks. And in comics, if there had to be only one it would be “Alice in Monkeyland” by Keramidas and Tebo.
Who are the main artists you like and whose blogs you visit frequently?
If I start naming names, I’ll probably forget one. And if I know them personally they’ll be offended, so I’d rather not risk it. Basically I follow the ones I’ve linked on my blog, plus a few others, plus the classics, as well as a few American authors via Tumblr.
What do you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, and your everyday pleasures?
I like playing video games, going to the movies, drinking and reading encyclopedias about dinosaurs. But at the moment, besides drawing I don’t do much. It’s my passion, my pleasure and my pastime. As for my vice, it’ll be the huge 1kg jar of marzipan in my cupboard. It’s closer to 0g than a kilo at the moment.
Have you got a phobia? If so, what is it?
I’m afraid of heights, and clowns… Same as everyone else.
To finish, ask yourself a question you would’ve like to have been asked, then up to you to answer it or not.
“Do you want a million dollars?” Yes please! Thanks!
There we go. Isn’t that a great illustrated FML? And what about this week’s videos? Oh right, you haven’t seen them yet. OK, well, here they are. This week we have a guy who faints when he’s tickled and Jimmy Kimmel who had asked people to give their kids crappy presents for Christmas and then film their reactions. The results are pretty epic. Bye for now!
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. 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!