What’s your favorite aspect of tumblr?
The cute animal gifs seem rightfully high on our list of priorities. Exploring fandoms. Liveblogging big events. Fawning over celebrities.
What has tumblr introduced you to that you might not have otherwise known about? Music, movies, TV shows?
What about art?
In the three years I’ve been on tumblr, I’ve been lucky enough to see some astounding artwork cross my dash. Like everyone else, I love puppy gifs, commentary from outrageous liveblogging, and a lot of the other elements that keep us scrolling. But my interest has wandered to the art side of tumblr.
I want to know more about the people who put their work up – who they are, how people have responded to what they have to say, and why they chose tumblr to begin with. I’d like to do some of this exploring through a series of profiles, looking at some of the artists of tumblr, to learn a little more about the person behind the URL.
First up: Ruby.
When I think of what’s come across my dash from her, the funnier pieces come to mind. But flipping through Ruby’s body of work, there’s a variety of humorous, out-there, and painfully relatable images that capture an entire spectrum of emotion all at once. She shines light on some painful truths, whether it’s with starling humor, or a sharp honesty that can leave us sitting back, thinking, I know this. I’ve felt it before, too.
Don’t take my word for it. Read what she has to say, then you can explore her blog and see what it has to offer.
She and her
What’s the meaning behind your url?
It does what it says on the tin! It’s me and a little bit more.
What is something you think followers might not know about you?
I’m pretty open with everything I make, but readers might not know that I’m English! People often think I’m American or Australian, but I’ve lived in London my whole life and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
3 tags you track?
Artists on tumblr, illustration and comics
Top 5 follow forever blogs?
When did you join tumblr?
I joined tumblr a little over two years ago and started using it to post my art a couple of months later. My best friend Hannah had been using the site for years and was my first and best art fan!
Have you always had the same URL?
I’ve kept the url from the start yep. Initially I was using it to reblog other people’s art I enjoyed amongst all the usual tumblr-y pictures of cats. But I decided to dedicate my blog almost entirely to my own art when I started to make it on a daily basis.
As the blog has grown in size I’ve become a bit more discerning about what I post in terms of how personal it is, but I like to think I’ve retained honesty in my work. It’s amazing to share stuff that is close to your heart and get such a positive response!
6 words you’d use to describe your artwork to someone unfamiliar with it.
Honest, divergent, simple, cynical, funny (hopefully)
How does it feel to have an idea, get it out, and then hear from people responding or relating to what you’re saying?
Yeah, it’s been really amazing to discover I could create anything that was relatable as I spent a lot of my teenage years feeling very alone with experiences I was having.
Art can be a very powerful medium of self-expression, and it’s as much about me being able to think about or process feelings and ideas I’m having in a positive way as it is sharing it with others. But I don’t want to ‘fancify’ what I do at all, it’s really pretty simple and that’s what makes it so fun.
Do the people in your life visit your tumblr, or do you keep it quiet?
All my family know about my blog! It’s slightly embarrassing at times, but mainly it’s just cool they want to keep up with it and see how I’m doing.
Is there a sense of community among artists on tumblr?
There’s definitely an online community – I’ve made some great friends via tumblr and I love seeing what they’re up to, and getting inspired by all the brilliant art being made. We give each other support and lots of collaborative work goes on, which can be really fun.
Any future plans/projects you’d like people to look out for?
I am notoriously bad at planning ahead, but I hope to get a zine together in the not so near future so that’ll all be sign-posted on my blog. I am currently doing a series of short, tappable stories for the Tapestry app/website so feel free to have a flick through those!
Where can people find you/your work lurking on the web?