Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Spotlight: Art by Ling McGregor

Art by Ling McGregor, Ling McGregor, UTS Student, Illustration, Primped and Primed, floral crown, Gary Pepper Vintage
Art by Ling McGregor, Ling McGregor, UTS Student, Illustration, Primped and Primed, floral crown, Gary Pepper Vintage
It is an awesome moment when interviewer and interviewee goes to the same university. I met Ling McGregor, a student at the University of Technology Sydney and part time illustrator about three months ago at a blogger brunch. We bonded over our UTS pride, chatting casually about the happy and stressful times at uni. Such is the coincidence that we both study a combined degree in Communications; hers with Law and mine with International Studies.

Our conversation flowed from uni life to fashion which was how I discovered her talent for illustration. I assumed it was just a pastime but much to my surprise, this young uni student has turned her hobby into a business. McGregor's whimsical and detailed artworks has gained a substantial following on social media where she gets regular commissioned jobs to draw her customers. Being the perfect candidate for an interview, Ling McGregor talks about her passion for drawing and her dual life as a uni student and illustrator. 

Her love of drawing dates back to her childhood. 
"I have always been drawing, painting or making things - when I was younger I used to draw on anything and everything and enter a lot of art competitions. Drawing is just something that I always wanted to do, and genuinely enjoy doing."

She has some wise words to say about 'talent'. 
"I don't think that talent is a finite capacity that anyone has; anything can be learnt. You can become good at absolutely anything by doing it constantly, making mistakes and then trying again - and in that, valuing the mistakes rather than successes. I am lucky in that I have always been surrounded by the most creative, hard working people who would be critical of all the out-of-proportion drawings along the way."

She jokingly told me she couldn't count when I asked for her top three inspirations. 
She named four: 
* My dad's oil paintings 
* Beautiful photography
* The lovely things that people say about it
* The smile my grandfather has when he shows someone my drawings. 

Art by Ling McGregor, Ling McGregor, UTS Student, Illustration, Primped and Primed, floral crown, Gary Pepper VintageOne artwork took six weeks to finish. 
"The artwork is titled 'Beguiled' (shown above) based on photography by Greta Tuckute.
About 60% was quickly finished in two days. However, the whole thing seemed to take so much longer as it was drawn over a period of six weeks in total (with an overseas trip in the middle leaving it unfinished for ages). It took a quite a long time to get this one started, and there was just so much lace and hair to get through but I am pretty happy with how it turned out." 

Art by Ling McGregor, Ling McGregor, UTS Student, Illustration, Primped and Primed, floral crown, Gary Pepper VintageHer favourite tools of the trade are "Graphite and colour pencils, with the help of erasers and pastel blenders." 

She merges her art knowledge with her Uni studies. 
"I am finding so many ways to incorporate art into my uni work. Art provides so much insight into a culture and its history, and quite naturally works it's way into essays for writing and cultural studies. More overtly, I have also had several assignments where I have been able to illustrate pieces of both fiction and non-fiction, and I like the idea of having art and writing published together more generally." 

She has too many dreams and future plans to count!
"I would really love to go into law or writing or editing, and I am probably going to be drawing regardless of which one I end up in. I am always excited for the opportunities that come up along the way, and right now I am happy doing a million internships and some really great commissioned projects while I try to figure it all out." 

She was inspired by my floral crown THE EUPHORIC. 


Art by Ling McGregor, Ling McGregor, UTS Student, Illustration, Primped and Primed, floral crown, Gary Pepper Vintage

All photos belong to Ling McGregor. 
You can check out her gallery HERE and follow her Facebook HERE

By Sharon Jiang 

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4 comments:

  1. OMG! She's so talented, I love it!

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  2. Very talented artist.

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  3. Oh, wow, her artwork is splendid!! My heart merely melted when she said her Grandfather's smile when he shows her artwork to others gives her inspiration. I'm so envious she made an artwork of your blogger header! That is amazing. Good luck to her future endeavors!! Keep up the good work, Ling!! X

    Chic Nikkie

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  4. These are the most gorgeous pictures. Such a talented person. We are so in love!!

    xx 365hangers

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