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FML socks

Are you single? Because if so, we would like to tell you all about a brand new concept which can be your next love relationship. Or at least, physical relationship. Do you have feet? Great. Do you have shoes? Wonderful! Do you have socks? Yes? Okay, you now know what you have to do with it. It's simple, subtle and customizable. Like Crocs.

-What's your name and surname?
-Just "Jen".

-How old are you?
-Ahahaha I'd rather not say, I'm irrationally shy about that.

-Where do you live?
-New York.

-What do you do for a living?
-I'm a web designer and freelance illustrator.

-What's your story?
-Well, I love drawing cartoons and doing illustrations, which then eventually bled into design and layouts and UI, and that's what started me down my current career path. Design by day, illustration by night :)


-What are your projects?
-Web sites, print, web games, online advertisements, pamphlets... you name it. 


-How can you be that talented?
-I ... play too many video games and watch too many cartoons haha.  I also have messed up friends.


-Can you tell us about your blog/website? (How did it started, etc..)
-It just started as a fun place I liked to toss up artwork to share with others, make people laugh, etc.  And I just keep drawing, so I keep updating!

-What inspires you (artists, movies, etc..)?
-Artists:  Joe Madureira, Dan Schoenig, Francisco Herrera, etc.
And I'm constantly inspired by various video games, movies, cartoons and comics.  I just like dynamic, lively art, anything with life to it and solid character design.


-What makes you laugh the most?
-People doing REALLY stupid things, and funny noises.  Especially when associated with people doing REALLY stupid things.

-Why did you choose this FML?
-Because it was simultaneously funny, cute, sad, gross and pathetic all at once.  I also like drawing socks.


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Not... at the minute, but give me a few days ;) 


Just hit the "spill the beans" button when you have a great FML you want to share with us. And thank you for your participation!


Jen's website:


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice (no, I'm not your aunt) who will tell you what you have to do!

#794 - Illustrated FML - On 02/03/2011 at 3:31am by FML Team - 8 comments

The homeless FML

Ever wonder what the homeless guy down the street is hiding? You've seen him walking strangely, drink weird stuff and talk even if nobody is there to listen. You probably think he's just crazy, but don't be that square, and think about it. Maybe he has a lot of secrets he's hiding from the whole wide world: he walks strangely, like a werewolf, he drinks weird stuff like a vampire, and he talks even if no one is listening to him, like Kanye West. But above all, he lives in the dark and you never see him like... a ninja.

-Let's start today's interview with our lovely artist. What's your name and surname?
-Ileana Surducan

-How old are you?
-I'm 23 years old.

-Where do you live?
-In Cluj-Napoca, Transilvania, Romania (don't you DARE mention vampires)

-(Can we mention Vampire Diaries? No? Ok.) What do you do for a living?
-I earn money from book illustration (but not a lot of money).  I'm still a student (if that's an excuse).

-What's your story?
-On a dark, stormy night, far far away in the heart of dark Transylvania, a girl was born... *lighting followed by thunder* - skip 23 years and...Well, I'm just about to finish my master degree in Ceramics at the Art and Design University, in Cluj-Napoca. Haven't got a job yet and, with any luck, I'll get to be a successful freelancer (in illustration, comics, ceramics and animation!).

-What are your projects?
-I'm working on a comics book (graphic novel?) to be published by the Makaka Editons. It will be the Diary of a Chair Tamer (like a lion tamer, but with chairs :D), about a Circus and about The Unknown Things. This is currently my biggest project!

-How can you be that talented?
-I was bitten by a talent bug when I was little. A mutant ninja talent bug!

-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-It started on a dark stormy night... naaah, forget it. I started my blog about the time I started making comics for 30joursdeBD. People kept asking for a link to my blog, so I quickly made one! I post there my work - comics, illustrations, ceramics... And there are some nice people who leave nice comments, and that makes me very happy.

-What inspires you?
-I'm inspired by artists like Shaun Tan and Frédéric Clément, but also people like Kate Beaton,  Johane Matte or Evan Dahm. Also authors like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Michael Ende or Terry Pratchett. As for films - I'm very interested in animations: I love the work of Studio Ghibli, Cartoon Saloon, some of Disney's, and most recently Dream Works with How to train your dragon.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-Imagining my thank you speech for the my Nobel Award (for comics and World Peace).

-Why did you choose this FML?
-I chose this story because it immediately inspired me to draw a very dynamic comic. Also, ninjas are awesome.

We couldn't agree more! Multumesc for your illustration Ileana!


Ileana's website:


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice (no, I'm not your aunt) who will tell you what you have to do!

#787 - Illustrated FML - On 01/29/2011 at 3:18am by FML Team - 8 comments

The FML exam

So, what about your exams? Are you sure you worked hard enough? You didn't spend the last few weeks checking the internet for American Idol's new judges, right? You did work a bit, come on, did you really? REALLY, DID YOU REALLY? Ok, great, we believe you, you're now able to fully enjoy today's illustration and article. We're spoiling you, and we're not sure you totally deserve it. Here goes anyway:


-What's your name and surname?
-My nickname is Megumi and I do not know its origin.

-How old are you?
-21 years old.

-Where do you live?
-I live in Taiwan.

-What do you do for a living?
-Currently I'm still a student, but I'll graduate next year. I'm doing a specialisation in design and drawing.

-What's your story?
- I love painting since I'm a child so I chose a high school and a university where I could draw. In College I had the chance to get to know how to draw on a computer and I totally loved it. Plus, I now have the Internet and it's a real chance because I get to know a lot of other artistes and their styles. It's really improving.

-What are your projects?
-My goal is to become an art illustrator.

-How can you be that talented?
-I just really want to be able to express myself. But for now I don't think my style is good enough so I just keep practicing every day until I'll be completely satisfied.

-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-I started writting my blog when I was in high school, back then it was very popular among my friends. Now I'm thrilled that people from all over the world are able to know my work.


-What inspires you?
-Life in general, and by some song's melodies.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-To be honest, my laughs are uncontrollable. I can laugh for months because of a silly thing.

-Why did you choose this FML?
-Aha! I felt so connected with that poor person I had to work on it!


Duo xiè for your illustration Megumi!


Megumi's DA (oh my god, they all have a DA account!):


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#785 - Illustrated FML - On 01/21/2011 at 12:31pm by FML Team - 4 comments

The Skins European FMLs day

Today, it's European FMLs day. We will be publishing the best European FMLs, picked by the cast of Skins, which was originally a European TV show, to celebrate the fact that the US version of Skins is premiered tonight on MTV. We've also asked Danny Flaherty who plays Stanley, a lazy, smoking and party-obsessed 16 year old kid to answer some of our moronic questions.

The European version of Skins was a huge success, and we're all addicts here at FML. What did you think about it?
Danny Flaherty: I personally love UK Skins. It’s so real to teenage life. I was addicted to season one and two and watched every episode in about three days. My favorite part about Skins is that it relies on true-life stories from teenagers to make it come to life. They created an ingenious writing process that really makes Skins more original from any other teen drama I’ve ever seen before. It stays true to these real moments in teenage life. That’s why the teenagers, and anyone who has been a teenager, can relate so much to it.

Effy's hot, isn't she? Do you think you could get us her number? It's for one of the guys on the team!
In the US version, her name is Eura and I can’t give out her number, sorry. If you’re talking about Kaya Scodelario, we’re on the same boat. (: FML.

So you're playing the part of Stanley, who's in love with his best friend's girlfriend. Have you managed to get your own girlfriend without resorting to trying steal someone else's?
No, I'm single and I would never steal someone’s girlfriend.

Yeah, right... Can we have her number? It's for the same team member you couldn't give Effy's number to...
Sorry buddy. ):

The first episode airs tonight. Are you ready for fame and glory? I mean, tomorrow you'll have no problem getting a table at any restaurant you like. Then again, you'll have a hard time queuing quietly for a Big Mac...
I believe you can't be prepared for something that hasn't happened yet. I'm just relaxing and I’m going to see what happens and take the ride. I'm definitely very excited and can't wait to see what people think about the US version of Skins.

If we weren't already fans of everything Skins, what would you say to convince us to watch it tonight?
If you’re a teenager, or you have been a teenager at one point in your life, you should definitely watch this show. You'll thoroughly enjoy the authentic way Skins portrays the friendship, love and life of teenage youth.

Okay, but you say that in all the interviews. What about to US? 
A lot of people on this website seem like they are having really bad days. Watch Skins tonight. You can laugh at me trying to lose my virginity… it might cheer you up.

Will do! See you tonight in the show Danny.

#778 - Special guests - On 01/16/2011 at 1:51pm by The FML Team - 22 comments

The prince and FML

This is so tempting we don't know how we can handle it. By ordering some french fries? Ok ok, no we won't make fun of today's artist's name as we love him almost as much as nuggets. While we were casually checking the Internet for.. mh.. stuff, we ended up on Ryan's website. And guess what? It was really cool! We contacted him, hoping he was interested by our proposal, and guess what? He was! Now we're friends with him, we send him emails and stuff and we're BFF and yes we're showing off a bit. Let's get to the point: Ryan MacDonald's interview!


-How old are you?
-23 in February.

-Where do you live?
-Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Right by the lake, the comic book store, and this bombing burrito place.

-What do you do for a living?
-I work as a freelance illustrator as well as displaying bodies of work at galleries and exhibitions. I also have a part time job at a print company. I’m more or less always surrounded by art all day.

-What's your story?
-I was born into a Scottish household, so my childhood was all hagus and tartan. I went to school at Sheridan College where I got my diploma in Visual Arts and started towards my Bachelor’s in Illustration. Halfway through my Bachelor’s Degree I decided to take a break from school and dip my feet in the freelance art world. So far I love it! But it does take a lot of conviction to make you do art everyday. It’s easy to get lazy about it but I made a promise to myself that if I were to take a break from formal schooling I would make it count and get some really good experience and learn on my own accord at the same time. I always try to set aside a few hours each day to just doodle, ink, or delve into something creative.

-What are your projects?
-I don’t have any projects on the go right now but I was working on a bunch of published work late last year. Since I work for a print company I’ve really found a passion for printed material. I enjoy doing designs and illustrations for publications and so far I’ve had a few pieces featured in illustration books as well as having a feature for another one. I am always trying to work on a better quality body of work for my portfolio site so I suppose in some way that is an on-going project of mine.

-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-My website ( is my professional portfolio website. It’s what I use to show potential clients or galleries. It’s also the best way to view most of my work in an aesthetically pleasing web space. My blog ( I started when I was in school to document some of the projects I was doing. I’ve shifted the blog more towards my process work now. I enjoy sharing my process on my blog, it’s one of my favorite things to see on other artist’s blogs when I’m going through posts so I definitely wanted to make my blog largely about my own personal process.

-What inspires you?
-So many things inspire me; it would make such a long list! I love the storytelling aspect of comic books and graphic novels as well as their use of line. I am a big fan of street art and graffiti and I know I’ve definitely been inspired by what is going on in that world past and present. Music is a big inspiration for me. I am always listening to music when I’m working and I enjoy matching imagery in my head to what I am listening too. Some of my illustrations are derivative of certain albums I was listening to and broader ideas then develop from there. I look at a lot of artwork, and what other young and old talents are doing in the art world nowadays is always inspiring in many ways.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-Any turn of phrase or subtle quip will get my laugh factory going. If it is dry, I’m a fan.

-Why did you choose this FML?
-I looked through dozens of them but this one really stood out to me and probably because I could relate to the silliness of it all. I also turned to my cat and asked him if I could call him princess. He looked back at me disapprovingly. I took it as a positive sign.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-When I was still in school I had a big final project due at the end of term. The night before I lost half the illustrations I did for it and I stayed up all night re-doing them. In the morning I was cutting down matt board to mount the pictures and in my sleep-deprived state I sliced right though my thumb, bleeding all over the illustrations. I had no choice but to hand in what looked like a homicide on paper. FML.


Oh Ryan you're so talented and funny and handsome marry us! And of course, many thanks for your comic!


Ryan's wonderfull website:


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#771 - Illustrated FML - On 01/14/2011 at 10:31am by FML Team - 2 comments

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