24 year old Abby Diamond lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and visual artist, creating artwork for musicians, children’s books, tattoo design and t-shirt design.
Abby has always loved birds, wildlife and nature and originally went to college with the intent to become a scientific illustrator.
Abby uses pen, waterproof ink, watercolour paint and dye or markers in her paintings as she finds wet media experimental to work with and likes how watercolour paint behaves differently during the painting process.
Abby says, “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 a sobering amount by observing a bird feeder for an hour.”
And over on her Tumblr blog, as well as showing us an insight into her creative process, she gives a ton of advice and information to other aspiring artists all with a generous dose of grace and humour.