Ruby Zhao, the artist behind Vincent & Alice, spoke with us about her life in China as an artist and comic colorist. Vincent & Alice describes the adventures of two siblings and their pack of furry friends, including Ada the bunny, Ruby the Panda, and Victor the cat. Read the full interview below.
Hey Ruby, we’re so excited to have released Vincent & Alice! Tell us about yourself!
Hello everybody. I'm an artist. Most of the time, I work as a comic colorist.
Describe your path to becoming an artist?
I’ve been a huge fan of Japanese anime since I was a little kid. I also love cartoons. I always wanted to become a comic artist, but I never thought it would happen. But here I am. It’s my dream come true.
Tell us about where you live?
I live in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. It’s a wonderful place. Pandas live here too.
For those of us not from China, what’s it like being an artist there?
It's not easy. Not all people take art seriously. To some traditional Chinese people, being a freelance artist sounds like a big joke. But I'm glad my family and my friends all encourage me and are supportive.
How would you describe your style (artistically or otherwise)?
I think my style is versatile. I can draw cute things, but I can also draw horrible things.
Inspirations. Who or what are yours?
I love music. I listen to music all my day, from when I wake up to when I go to bed. So music and lyrics are my biggest inspirations.
Tell us about Vincent & Alice.
Actually, Vincent and Alice are my dolls. I have these two cute dolls: one is blue bunny and the other one is a pink kitty. An English friend of mine named them. One day I decided to draw them as if they were humans. They are like my kids.
What kind of advice would you give to a young person starting out as an artist?
Don't give up. Keep doing your own style. Practice can be boring, but when you succeed, it's all worth it.
Success is different for everyone. What does it mean to you?
Success to me means having fun when I work and making enough money to live on. That’s the reality of the world. I don’t want to be a big famous artist, but to work with famous artists would be great to me.