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FML and his Olisbos

It's not because it's fake that you won't enjoy it. If you think about it, our environment is kind of 90% fake. GMO: fake. Chocolate cigarettes: fake. Jennifer Aniston's nose: fake. Zombies in a horror movie: fake. Simon Cowell's compassion: fake. So, why shouldn't a plastic phallus be in? And by "in" we mean, "in fashion" of course, don't take it in the wrong way. And by "the wrong way" we mean, don't get naughty here. Ok, we're digging ourselves deeper. Ladies, gentleman, Sex and the City fans, please welcome today's artist, Caldwell Tanner!


Caldwell is 23. He is a recent transplant to New York City by way of Nashville, TN. Our artist of the day works as an Editorial Illustrator for a website that you all already know, Thanks to his awesome job, he spends most of his day staring at photoshopped documents and redrawing lines with his wacom tablet.Caldwell has been drawing cartoons ever since he was about 7 or 8. He spent a good year learning how to draw perfect replicas of the entire cast of Sonic the Hedgehog and just kept going from there. However, he didn't really get serious about drawing until he was probably a junior in High School. One of his friends showed him Penny Arcade, the first web comic he ever read, and it more or less changed everything he knew about comic strips. When he went to college, he started drawing comics for the school paper, and eventually online. Occasionally, he would take breaks from drawing to eat bad Chinese food, act in a comedy sketch troupe, and even go to class. Occasionally, of course.

Loldwell, our artist's personal website, has only been around for about 6 months. It is still an internet baby. Please don't speak too loudly as it is trying to take a nap in the other room.When he is not making comics and illustrations for CollegeHumor, Caldwell is making comics and illustrations for When he is not doing that, he is designing a giant banner that reads "Caldwell really doesn't do anything other than draw comics." He also has a few secret projects that help keep him from ever getting any sleep.


"-Time to find your soulmate Caldwell, tell us more about you, what do you like doing in life for example?
-I love drawing! But when my hand gets too cramped, I also like watching cartoons, reading comics, and falling asleep playing DS. I also love making people laugh, and as long as I people keep finding me funny, I'll stick with that. One day I'd love to actually sit down and draw an entire graphic novel, but for now my attention span has a four-panel maximum.
- And why did you choose this FML?
- I was staring at a list of FMLs and this one jumped out at me visually, for obvious reasons. It was very challenging to illustrate a sex toy store without making the image completely repulsive, but I think I did okay!
- We think you did great. Why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
- Sometimes you just gotta spread the internet love, and I personally can't think of a better way than by illustrating the darkest moment in some stranger's life for all the internet to see


You sure understood the Internet Caldwell. Thank you for your illustration!


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If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, who told her English teacher to take a look at this article (HELLO MARGARET) who will tell you what you have to do!

#344 - Illustrated FML - On 02/05/2010 at 1:00pm by FML Team - 3 comments

Caricature my FML

"Caricature noun:
/?kær.?.k?.t???r /US pronunciation symbol/?ker.?.k?.t??r/ n [C or U] (the art of making) a drawing or written or spoken description of someone, which makes part of their appearance or character more noticeable than it really is, and which usually makes them look silly".
And boy, that poor girl must have looked silly with all those pimples, but at least, for someone doing math studies, it probably helps to look like a calculator. To talk about those serious issues, acne AND caricature, we receive today an artist specialized in pure gorgeous art, and when she deals with acne, the result is pretty funny. Ladies, gentleman, teenagers, please welcome Lois van Baarle!

Lois is 24 and she's our first artist from The Netherlands, Utrecht to be more precise. She is a freelance illustrator and animator, (anybody HIRE HER!). She enjoys having a lot of freedom and time to do her own thing as many many of us. But she gets paid for it most of the time. Being a freelance illustrator means you don't have to go to an office every day and work for a boss you hate and eat at the cafeteria your whole life, which she likes being able to avoid. She is also lucky enough to have job opportunities coming her way most of the time and it's understandable when you take a look at her amazing talent. 

She has drawn her whole life and after high school decided to study animation in Holland. She did this for four years and now she's basically drawing all the time. We guess it's the story of any motivated commercial artist and we recommend you: guys, wanna be the greatest artist of all time? Draw as much as you can, with any kind of paper/pen you have, one day, you'll realize that you went from 0 to 10. You'll thank us later.


At the moment Lois is doing some small-scale work for games and illustrations, as well as making her own animated short trilogy, Trichrome, of which she has already finished the first one, and you can check it out here . Her personal website has been around since 2002, when her little sister taught her the joys of basic html. Ever since then she has been expanding her web presence in all kind of way: she has a sketchblog , personal blog , a whole bunch of networking site accounts (myspace and such), as well as deviantart to which she is totally addicted. She also created her personal website to make cool layouts, something she is quite hooked on doing.

Lois likes drawing, but also being absurdly lazy. There is nothing better than sleeping in to a heinously late hour on a Saturday, having a huge breakfast/lunch kind of thing in bed, and walking around in pyjamas for the rest of the day. Besides this extremely guilty pleasure, she also likes to travel in Europe and Africa, watch movies and ride her bicycle (Holland power) like a true dutchie.


"-Last question, but not the least, Lois, why did you choose this FML?
-For two reasons: I had acne as a young teenager, so I could feel this person's pain; also, it had to do with art, caricature drawing, which seemed to fit with what I do. I was approached to illustrate something and loved the idea of FML. There's nothing like a bit of bitter humor to brighten your day."


Actually there's also chocolate. Let's read FML stories about chocolate. Thank you for your participation Lois!


Lois' website is waiting for you:

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, who told her English teacher to take a look at this article (HELLO MARGARET) who will tell you what you have to do!

#337 - Illustrated FML - On 01/28/2010 at 2:57pm by FML Team - 14 comments

Don't watch this or you might lose an eye

As you all know, being a member of FML is like being part of a weird family. But as in every family, there’s the drunk uncle who falls over at every party, swears at people and tries to start a fight. The comments section is a bit like that. This video is an affectionate look at what goes on in there between members, but despite everything that happens, it brings the community together. Most of the time. So enjoy!

#330 - About FMyLife - On 01/22/2010 at 5:28am by FML Team - 66 comments

FML in a gastric context

"Oops, I swallowed it again. I played with my ring, got lost in my intestine, oh 911 911." Sometimes this is what happens when you're playing with something so small near your mouth, that one yawn makes you swallow it. If it's edible, don't panic, you're just stupid but not in danger yet. If it's a battery, coin or a Celine Dion CD you're in trouble. Unfortunately, having babies or animals around makes you be twice more careful than usual if you don't want your hamster get eaten by your cat, your cat eaten by your dog or your dog eaten by your baby. Shit happens, but we never know when. To talk about what we're calling "the bowel's call" a young British graphic-designer joins us today, ladies, gentleman, babies, please welcome Matt Needle!


Matt is a 22 year old British graphic designer and illustrator based in Cardiff, United Kingdom, Europe, Earth, Universe. He went to the University Of Wales, Newport, where he has been freelancing since the second year of his University Course, and now he does it on a fulltime basis. Matt is now proud to say he gained a First Class Honours in Design and Illustration.
Since this graduation, his work (posters, CD covers, mural illustrations ..) profile and portfolio have gone from strength to strength, exhibiting all over the United Kingdom, Europe and recently in Australia, as well as working for Major worldwide clients, such as Amnesty International, Armani, Hugo boss etc. No biggie then.

Creating images has been his passion since childhood, so yes, he pretty much loves the fact that he's getting paid (and sometimes laid) for making pictures. As many artists and graphic designers of our time, Matt is heavily inspired by the things he sees around him and he strives to create beautiful, meaningful, complex and often bizarre pieces. He's also particularly excited about films and music, and would like, in the near future, to work within the movie business, maybe in directing or in the art direction department.
Our artist of the day has a great "inspirational artist" list: Salvador Dali, Escher, Massimo Vignelli, Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, Terry Gilliam, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Paul Rand, amongst many others, and if you don't know one of this genius', don't waste your time any longer by being uncultured and Google them.

One thing you'll realize about Matt's art is that he's kind of abstract in the way he communicates ideas, not because it's trendy, but because he wants people to really think about and analyze what they are viewing. He is so not happy unless he is creating stuff.
His favourite means of creating a piece would be either digital (in Photoshop) or hand assemblage or "collage" as it's more commonly known. This gives his work the perfect balance of depth and abstractness. These are techniques that we would recommend to any budding graphic-designer (if you want to be successful and get a lot of money, of course).

Recently, our British graphic-designer worked on projects for Hugo Boss, Clash Magazine, Tiger Beer, Funkbuddha Film Productions, The Big Chill Festival and many more. As he gained some major popularity, a website became necessary. Since its inception, it has played a vital role in his promotion and networking, and he also uses social networking sites such as twitter, facebook and society 6 to communicate with like-minded people. Plus, Matt is really super cool, so if you have any questions about his job, career or one of his creations, don't hesitate in contacting him, he'll be thrilled to answer you.


Once more, FML has hosted a great artist for our traditional illustration day. Some of them are young and still in high school, some of them work for Armani and others published their 4th book recently (and guess what? You can buy it!). But they have one thing in common: they all have a great sense of humor and they did not pick the FML story they were going to illustrate randomly:
"I chose this particular FML to illustrate as it wasn't too wacky, strange, perverted or dark. I wanted to take something semi-ordinary and abstract it."


Thank you for your participation Matt, we loved it!

Don't forget to visit Matt's website and blog :


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. 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!

#323 - Illustrated FML - On 01/17/2010 at 5:16am by FML Team - 5 comments

The FML Unicorn power

Bad tattoos are bad indeed, once it's on your skin you'll never get rid of it, so if you don't want to live a moment that will end in the FML moderation machine, so guys, please think about it twice. The warning part being over, we can now make fun of people who screwed up their tattoos! Sometimes it's because of their initial idea (having a cat on your belly, with your belly button representing its asshole), or when the tattoo guy made a big mistake like when some guy ended up with, instead of "I love my mum", a nice hearted "I love my cum". Last chance, before you end up going to a doctor who will burn your skin for 1.000.000$ with a laser. And we're not exaggerating to scare you, today's illustration should do most of the scaring (and funny) part. Guys, let us introduce you to our artist of the day, Noa Liberman-Plashkes!

Noa  is 26 years old. She lives in Tel Aviv, Israel with her husband and their pets - a dog and a cat.
She's been a graphic designer and Illustrator for 6 years now. She went to Shenkar College for Design which is one of the biggest colleges in Israel, and studied Illustration for 4 years.
She works part time as a graphic production artist in a Post Production Company who makes most of Israel's TV commercials, and part time as a freelance illustrator, creating illustrations for animation design, magazines and various print publications.
Ah, we feel like we're repeating ourselves, but yes, today's artist loves her job, and she wishes she could do freelance work all the time, she loves working in Post Production as it's pretty interesting. She wishes she could learn how to model in 3D, and brushes up her animation skills whenever possible but she just doesn't have the time. It's a hard life.

Some Projects she's working on at the moment: Animation Design for stories for the children site Speakaboos and the animation portal Aniboom, doing a weekly illustration spot in a green living section of an Israeli paper, and lots more. It comes and goes.
Noa doesn't run a blog (not an English language one, at least), she prefers using micro-blogging social networks like twitter, which steals most of her free time (seriously, ours too), but she does own a DA account and a website, that you'll find linked at the end of this article. She created her website a couple of years ago because she wanted something a bit more personal than showcasing her work on flickr.
What do she likes? Music, and lots of it, she loves Indie Rock, New Wave, Electro, Breakbeat and the like. She loves reading and tries to finish a book a week. She just finished reading Philip Pullman's series "His Dark Materials" for the second time and she recommends it (as soon as we'll finish Tinkerbell's biography we promise, we will read it). She loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy books and movies. She doesn't watch lots of TV other than House M.D, and Buffy the Vampire. She loves animals as well, she used to work in a pet store when she was a student. This job gave her lots of FML tales, sadly, none of them got through the moderation stage. Other than that, she spends most of her time online, reading blogs and design sites, and tries to draw for fun when she has some spare time!

"-Last question before we let you go off to eat puppets while dancing to Buffy's soundtrack, why did you choose this story?
-I chose this FML because It made me laugh. Back in the day I had a good friend who ran a tattoo parlor, which had to deal with many customers with bad tattoo ideas, and couldn't do a thing about it. The unicorn idea comes from a Perry Bible Fellowship I read a while ago. It's a great comics strip, BTW...
-Unicorn, yami. And why did you decided to take a part in this amazing FML illustration section adventure?
-I decided to send an illustration to FML because I love this site. I read it daily via my pda before I go to sleep. I don't know why, but It helps me fall asleep a lot easier. That's all what I have to say."



That's all we needed to know. Thank you Noa for your great illustration, may the power of the unicorn be with you!



Here is Noa's website:

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. 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!
#316 - Illustrated FML - On 01/15/2010 at 5:25am by FML Team - 10 comments

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