It's great to see you ! How was july ? Hot, sweaty, flirty ? How I miseed talking to you (and getting one or two comments if we're lucky enough). But let's not complain, a whole month welcoming artists for their second rounds who gave us brand new illustrated interview, that was cool. Artists never rest don't they ? And Andreas know what I'm talking about. This Swiss student half-artist half-genius, knows all about passionate work :
-First of all, present yourself (name, surname, nickname and why did you choose this nickname)
-My real name is Andreas (Andy) Halter. My nickname's elvish for three, one and two were already chosen.
-How old are you ?
-23 years old
-Where do you live ?
-I live in Lucerne, in the heart of Switzerland.
-How would you define Switzerland?
-Hm…Switzerland's a tiny country that prides itself to be different than others, but really isn't that much different. The nature's beautiful and the people are reserved, but nice. And of course there's the chocolate, cheese, mountains, lakes and banks.
-Plus, you have a Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux, what's cooler than that? What's your job, or are you still in school?
-I'm studying game design in Zurich and I work at a cinema theater on weekends.
-Do you get free tickets?
-Yes, that's the cool part. And I can take one person with me for free.
-We'll publish your email adress at this end of this interview, for those who are interested. What is like to study game design?
-Haha, actually, my studies start in September, so I don't know yet, but from what I've heard and seen, it's great.
-Oooh I see ! What are your projects ?
-Well, my biggest project at the moment is called New Paper Mario. It's a texture pack for the Paper Mario game for the N64. Basically, I'm replacing every texture in the game, thus giving it a new look. It's a huge project and will probably keep me busy for several years. Another project I'm working on is a "Legend of Zelda" themed set of Poker cards. I already published one suite on deviantART and thanks to the great comments I've got I'm designing the rest of the set, so that it will be playable some day.
-I was going to ask you what inspires you, I can already name Nintendo.. what else?
-Hm, books, for example, I like to read, especially during train rides. And movies, of course, which goes well with my part time job.
-Last question before I let you go eat chocolate riding a cow while going to your bank, why did you choose this FML story ?
-One reason is that when you asked me to a story, you said that you liked my New Paper Mario style, so I chose something to go with the Nintendo theme. Another reason is that I also own Wii Fit, but luckily I'm light enough to use it.
-Tell the world the truth, how old are you, wii-fit nintendo speaking ?
-Haha, Wii Fit claims that my body is about 4 years too old. But that's much better now than when I started and my body age was around 30.
-We're proud of you, keep up the good work. Anyway, thank you very much for your contribution !
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML
Andreas' website : http://nelde.daportfolio.com/ & http://nelde.deviantart.com/
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!