Get to know Ruby McVicar, a Sydney based artist and illustrator who's drawing up a storm, and she hasn't even finished high school yet.
Can you tell us your name, age and a little bit about yourselves?
“My name is Ruby, I'm 16 and from Sydney. I'm currently in high school, so I'm relatively new to the art scene but I'm hoping to get out there soon! I don't know what I want to do as a career yet, but I do know that I want to travel and see the world."
Can you describe to us the style of your work and what you like to draw?
“My art is focused on a self expression based on everything I see around me, mainly people and the aesthetics that can be found in the face and body. I like to explore the balance between realism and a stylised portrayal to create something that is unique and mine."
What was the first time you drew/painted something that you were truly proud of?
“I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. One time that really stuck with me was when I was about 8 or 9 and I vividly remember drawing a study of a tiger. I was so proud of it that I stuck it right above my bed and pointed it out to everyone who came into my room!"
Every artist has their own unique creative ritual, so what’s yours?
"Honestly mine is a pretty typical teenage-y ritual. Often I'll get home from school, lock myself away in my room, put on my hoodie and blast my current playlist (depending on mood of course). Then with a full water bottle (gotta stay hydrated) on my desk, I hunch over my computer cross-legged and get my hands on whatever snacks are near - ready to draw!"
Can you remember the first thing you ever made/created?
"I certainly don't remember making it, as I was about 3, but it's a lovely attempt at a face (presumably). It's basically just a wobbly circle reminiscent of a potato. My parents love it."
What’s your dream once high school is done and out of the way?
"One Day, after high school, I would love to be able to design, create and open my very own gallery, that anyone of any age can enjoy taking inspiration from; the likes of White Rabbit and Studio Ghibli. Another idea is work for a company like Pixar - there's so many different things I want to try that I can't even decide!"
Illustration by Lucinda Houghton.
Images provided by Ruby McVicar. Instagram @tyropa