Student-artist Avry Victor receives prestigious award, social media exposure for art
This story originally appeared in the student newspaper Xchange, and was written by Kate Linderman.
Scrolling through junior Avry Victor’s Instagram, you might see some famous faces portrayed in a unique way.
From a very young age, Victor has been interested in drawing. As she got older, her art progressed into something more than a hobby.
“As I grew up, it was always introduced to me. I always colored and drew in my free time,” Victor said.
[irp]The summer before entering seventh grade was a turning point for Victor. She began to take her art seriously.
“I was always pretty good at it but was never great, so it definitely took practice,” she added.
Victor started her first Instagram account for her artwork that same summer.
Since then, she has made a new Instagram account, @yoavry
, where she posts pictures of her recent artwork. Other than Instagram, Victor uses Snapchat, Twitter and Tumblr to promote her drawings.
Victor receives recognition on social media from the people she draws. Actor and director, Jordan Peele, reposted her “Get Out” drawing to his 670,000 followers on Instagram. American rapper, Kyle, retweeted a drawing she did of him.
Her main source of inspiration is music. She finds photos online of her favorite artists.
Along with drawing her favorite artists, Victor also enjoys painting them.
“I like the time and effort put into painting,” she said.
The third eye
A third eye is a common occurrence in Victor’s artwork. She first drew the third eye because she liked the way it looked. Now, she has a purpose for drawing the extra eye.
“It means something to me, but it also means different things to other people,” Victor stated.
She says the third eye is a symbol of realizing something she has never noticed before.
A few months ago, Victor won the Scholastic Art Competition with a piece she did in her art class. She was the first person from Pius X to win the competition. (Learn more about the Pius X art department
“It was a big moment for my family and me because it made me realize I might be able to do art in the real world,” she said.
Victor’s future is looking bright as she plans to make a career with her artistic talent.
“My future plans are to get a fine arts degree and maybe look into illustration. I also want to continue to create and sell my work,” she said.