Good morning everybody! Enough with "creepy faces" (yeah, we heard your pain) and zombies because love (and s.e.x) is back on FML, thanks to the brand new artist that we're featuring today. Kevin isn't the type of artist we usually welcome, his story is one of the most inspirational that we've ever been told. Have you heard about the "minus times a minus equals a plus" thing? Well, that's what today is all about. Kevin, it's your time to shine!
-What's your name?
-My name is Kevin Lee!
-How old are you?
-I just turned 23-years-old a few weeks ago
-Where do you live?
-I live in Red Bluff, California in the USA.
-What's your job?
-Part intern at a networking/IT company, part freelance graphic designer, and former student saving up cash to go back.
-What's your journey?
-I actually wasn't born with a pen in one hand and a sketchbook in another. In fact, until I was 18-years-old I could hardly draw stick figures passably. I have a disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, known mainly for our brittle bones, severe scoliosis is something more worrying for us. I ended up having a spinal fusion surgery where it was actually a bit touch and go at some points, but ended up OK. Recovery for spinal fusion surgeries, at least for people with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, takes at least one year before you're in a somewhat manageable state pain wise... One goes a bit crazy when they're bed ridden for nearly 12 months, so you really need to find something to keep your mind stimulated. I grew bored of the videogames and books I had, so one day (a few weeks after my surgery) I grabbed a pencil and paper and started doodling. Eventually I'd look up a video on youtube on how to draw certain things, then I began ordering books on anatomy, started emulating cartoons I admired for many years, and after a couple months I started to get... better. That's really an incredible feeling, and you grow addicted to it. I love learning something new, improving something I struggled with, and eventually I started drawing stuff that OTHER people liked. Now that was a remarkable feeling too, somebody actually admiring something I created. Almost exactly 5 years later, here I am.
-What are your inspirations?
-Most people seem to believe that if they don't start drawing by the time they're 12 years old, it's too late. I felt that way too, and only really devoted my time to drawing when I discovered Questionable Content. Jeph Jacques started drawing that comic in his early 20's, and just going through the archives you could see him improve dramatically. It was the motivation I needed to actually study art as a learned skill rather than dismiss it as something you're born with.
-Do you read webcomics?
-I read a lot of webcomics: Wigu, Dr. McNinja, Over Compensating, VG Cats, Girls with Slingshots, Penny-Arcade, CAD, Trenches, Questionable Content, Misfile, Amazing Super Powers, SMBC, XKCD, Buttersafe, Scandinavia and the World, Wasted Talent, and of course my webcomic Driving Nowhere!
-Ah, speaking of Driving Nowhere, tell us more about it.
-Driving Nowhere is kind of an auto-bio comic, though I'm starting to drift away from that into more 'general comedy' stuff. My life isn't that interesting! I made the site after drawing these comics for myself and needing a place to host them. I'm not currently selling anything, but I'll definitely have some prints available soon...ish! Stickers, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and all that fun stuff may happen later someday.
-Why did you choose this FML story ?
-After going through all the submissions I was given, I instantly knew how I wanted to draw this one. Plus it's a hilarious FML submission on its own, so the humor could have carried it even if the comic turned out bad!