Ep.56: Geneva Benton (GDBee) on colors inspiration, galleries and living from art full time

Geneva, currently residing in peaceful Western North Carolina, is a self-taught freelancing illustrator, who specializes in character art and portraits with a fondness for color mixing.

I love evoking a feeling with art!

She has been featured in ImagineFX, Advanced Photoshop Issue, Crossed Genres Magazine, Photoshop Creative, The Horror Zine, FIYAH Literary Magazine, ARTIFICIAL, and Dulce.

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Featured course

Knowing how to use Color and Light in your artworks is one of the best skills to learn as an artist because it will help you take your artworks from good to great.

Key Takeaways

“Chill out, find out what works for you! You may feel you are not doing it at the moment, but you will, so just keep going!”

  • Geneva didn’t think she will do art for living, she actually thought she would play video games for living
  • She was inspired by a colorful art of Benjamin Zhang
  • Geneva found a gallery to display her art in by just walking in one of the ones in downtown. She asked them if they were looking for new artists and they added her to a list and later she was able to exhibit her artworks
  • Geneva is shy to talk to people in real life so it’s great for her to use Twitch and interact with her audience online
  • Before starting, Geneva wishes she knew to not try to be perfect and to get frustrated with it. You shouldn’t really stress out because it affects your health
  • Fav quote is from Neil Gaiman – “Do a good work and everything good will follow”

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Special thanks to Geneva for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Geneva Benton, used with permission

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