// Roughly Drawn Things.

Ask me anything.   About This Girl   

Hiya! My name's Abby. I'm an illustrator in Pennsylvania.
I draw birds sometimes.
Reach me on Twitter/IG @finchfight, or at Finchfightillustration@gmail.com

twitter.com/FinchFight:

    The beast is emerging. New scribble, in progress…

    The beast is emerging. New scribble, in progress…

    — 1 day ago with 86 notes
    #drawing  #ink  #illustration  #wip  #tiger  #bengal  #bengal tiger  #india ink  #higgins  #big cat  #wildlife  #endangered  #cat 
    New equipment bag finally arrived! It’s Christmas!

    New equipment bag finally arrived! It’s Christmas!

    — 5 days ago with 8 notes
    AbbyDiamondDraws on Etsy →

    Just put up FOUR little original paintings for sale in my @Etsy shop. FOUR! YEOW!

    — 1 week ago with 7 notes
    #Etsy shop  #etsy  #etsy store  #artists on etsy 
    "You are not a drop in the ocean.
    You are the entire ocean in a drop."
    — 1 week ago with 56910 notes
    outlineofmyailments asked: What advice to you have to give to beginner watercolor painter. I really like your style!


    Answer:

    Hey! So happy to hear you’re diving in to watercolor. You’re going to have a marvelous time. Here’s a response to this same question I did a couple years ago; it all still holds true:

    Advice 1: Start today! Go! Quick march! Pick up some supplies at a craft store (even Walmart carries decent paints and brushes), and start making a mess with them tonight. 

    Advice 2: Experiment heavily and find different ways to manipulate the watercolor paint. Mix it with coffee instead. Paint it on dry paper and drip alcohol onto it. Sprinkle fresh paint with salt, sugar, or cover it with tissue paper. Try food dye. Mix it with Crayola markers.

    Anyone else have suggestions? Throw them in here!

    Advice 3: Look at they ways other artists are using the medium. For example, artists like Tony SandovalDave Mckean, or Florian Nicolle use watercolor for vastly different subject matter, but they create new effects through mixing watercolor with inks, graphite, or opaque paint. Take influence from other artists’ work and try out what they’re doing :) It stretches your boundaries!

    — 1 week ago with 22 notes
    Ink flows and creatures manifest. Gonna try to make this splat a bit stronger, but it’s on its way.

    Ink flows and creatures manifest. Gonna try to make this splat a bit stronger, but it’s on its way.

    — 2 weeks ago with 114 notes
    carliwithani asked: Also, how do you decide where to break the subjects into different shapes? Some of your paintings have the animals more sectioned off than others (like the rook).


    Answer:

    Typically, I break up subjects into their different shapes completely based on where the lines of the gesture sketch fall. Instead of erasing them, I make them permanent and it often adds a feel of motion to the subject.

    — 3 weeks ago with 5 notes
    carliwithani asked: I'm working on a school art piece and decided I'd like to study both you and your style of art and have a few questions. What inspires you to chose the subjects of your pieces? Are there any personal reasons behind your subjects or style, ie the animals, birds, cameras? Technique wise I found that you start by working on the outlined details of the figure and then go back in with the washes of color, what caused you to combine the detailed figures with the more abstract color and shading?


    Answer:

    Thanks for the Q&A opportunity! Here goes:

    - My whole life I have always loved birds, wildlife, and nature. I originally went to college with the intent to become a scientific illustrator, but later broadened to practice all different kinds of work. 

    Drawing birds began as practice for me, mostly because I’m fascinated with them, their behavior and anatomy. As a self-employed artist, I admire finches and sparrows for their resourcefulness, feistiness, and persistence, even though they’re the smallest on the food chain. I think artists can learn sobering amount by observing a bird feeder for an hour.

    - You’ve got my general process down correct. I like drawing in great detail because I love lines and I love seeing detail. I color and paint more abstractly/ messily because I think it makes a good contrast with the hard drawing. I think watercolor paint has a lot of personality when explored.

    — 3 weeks ago with 6 notes