Meet the Artist: @SketchyFinch

Hi everyone!

Welcome back!

We are so excited to bring you this interview with @SketchyFinch !

When we started Instagram, we quickly fell in love with the beautiful art @SketchyFinch did, especially their animal art!!!

We were so excited to ask to animate their art and, since then, we have asked to animate more art and they have always been so kind and supportive! For that reason alone, we are so happy we can share their art and their story to more people!

Our first collaboration was this cutie! (Check out our Instagram page for the actual animation)

Below is our interview:

1. What is your IG account? Do you have any other social media accounts for your art?

My account is @Sketchyfinch

I’m mostly only active on Instagram.

2. What was the first art piece that you remember impacted you and inspired you to make art?

I can’t think of any one particular piece.

I was mostly inspired by animated movies growing up. Especially all the beautiful animated Disney films I grew up with.

I still absolutely love animation and it’s one of my favorite movie genres.

3. When did you realize that you enjoyed making art or when did you start making art?

I have been making art my whole life!

My first memory of drawing was drawing my kindergarten teacher a picture of an eagle. She hung it up and I was very proud. I’m sure I was drawing before that even!

4. What style of art did you start off with and is it the same today? What else have you tried? What are your favorite styles of art?

When I was a child, I copied a lot of Disney art. So that’s the closest style I can think of.

Otherwise, I’ve always been influenced by a multitude of artistic styles and have tried all sorts of things from realism to far more stylized and cartoony pieces.

5. Which is your favorite art piece you have made and why?

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite art piece, but if I have to I’d say this one!

  • I’m proud of it because it came out how I was imagining it in my mind and I just love cute puppies and saturated blue water!

6. When did you decide to start a social media account for your art? Were you nervous? Excited?

I’ve been on various social media sites sharing my art for many years!

I was never nervous to post anything, really.

I very much enjoy making friends in art communities and that’s the most important thing to me!

7. How has your experience been with your social media account(s) for your art? What are the positive outcomes? Is there any negative outcomes?

My overall experience with social media has been very positive.

People are generally very kind and gracious!

I think the biggest positives in involving yourself in the online art community are: being able to help other artists, making friends, and surrounding yourself and learning from those better than you!

I never want to be the most talented person in the room and I am always trying to learn from the pros!

I have had negative experiences though as well.

It’s the internet, so of course, you get trolls and nasty people, but I actually had an experience last year where I found out a small group of people in a Discord chat had been tearing my art apart and cruelly making fun of it. It broke my heart!

Fortunately, I shook it off and used that anger and heartbreak to really focus on improving my art instead of wallowing. – I think to be an artist you really have to grow very tough skin!

8. What advice would you give any artist out there who are considering sharing their art on social media?

Best advice I can give to artists new to sharing their work is to be brave and put yourself out there!

Make friends, make connections, don’t ever be afraid to ask questions of your fellow artists and always push yourself to learn and grow.

Realize that your work is separate from you. – if someone doesn’t like the art you create it’s not a personal slight against you (even though it does hurt! ).

Grow a thick skin because in both the art industry and online you’ll need it!

Surround yourself with positivity and great minds – You are the sum of those you surround yourself with most!

Lastly, get out there and create! Just keep creating!

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