Engum is a new addition to the Helix High School this year, and many students have noticed that she really likes to draw. Ruby does a lot of things in her free time including ballet, drawing, babysitting, and most importantly--she likes to draw.
Ruby draws lots of different things in a variety of different mediums. She says that she likes to mainly focus on drawing people. She tends to steer more into the “darker” aspect of art. Her mother, Rachel Owen (a photographer), says that Ruby doesn’t candy coat her art like she does. She says that her daughter’s art style is very strong and dark.
Ruby says that she likes to draw figures with elongated fingers and limbs to give them an exaggerated creepy factor.
Rachel says that Ruby tends to draw with anything and everything. Ruby used to draw on post-it notes, according to her mom, and that drawings like those would take her hours, and to her--those drawings were outstanding and inspiring.
Ruby is a mixed media artist, so she will do a variety of different works. She likes to draw with ink and she makes beautiful watercolor paintings as well. Ruby also likes to work with acrylics.
Ruby not only likes to make portraits, but she also loves animation; in fact, she wants to be an animator when she gets older.
Ruby likes to make animation videos using a stop motion effect. This means that she will draw an image or picture and then redraw the same image with slight modifications. Ruby will continue to do this process until she gets a motion picture, “That media is just so easy to manipulate, to take what’s inside my brain, and to make it a real thing, rather than being limited by surprise though stop motion...It’s the easiest way to get stuff through my head,” says Ruby.
For Engum, she knows it takes a long time to make a video, “If I had all the time in the world, then it would take a month at least..for three minutes,” said Ruby. She has animated a few videos which she has posted to on YouTube. Currently, Ruby is working on someone sneezing.
Engum says that she wants to be an artist because there is nothing that she would rather do. Art for Ruby really has a personal meaning to her as well. She explains that it helps her with her anxiety.
“It’s kinda like when I started drawing, I used it for fun like everyone else--like everyone drew. Then it kind of transformed when I started getting really bad anxiety, and I just couldn't talk to anybody. So art was the only way that I could express who I actually was when I felt nobody really actually knew who I was, because I couldn’t talk,” says Engum.
Engum has also been asked to display her art in public places in her community, “They want to give her a show at the art center, and display her work at the library… She wants people to see her as an artist first and not a 15 year old girl,” Owen says.
Engum is such a young woman, but has the talent to take her places in the long future ahead of her. She wants to make her living on what she loves most, and there is nothing else she would rather do. But for now, she knows that practice makes perfect.