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Frequently Asked Questions
Hello! Lately I’ve been getting quite a few questions per day and most of them are asking the same things. So I put together a list of frequently asked ones. Feel free to still message me a question if you’re not seeing one on here Thanks for your time!
Where are you from?
North Carolina born and raised!
How long have you been drawing?
Since I was 11 maybe? But didn’t get serious until I graduated high school
What does GDBee mean?
It’s my initials: Geneva D. Benton. I like bees too but possibly allergic to them…The Prinnay/Laprinnay name from Tumblr/Youtube is because I really liked Disgaea prinnies back then and still want to keep that vein
Did you go to school to draw?
Not really. I took art through high school mostly. I took a figure drawing class in community college before flunking out, which was helpful, but I have no “formal” training after that. I study poses and art styles here and there. There’s loads of options and alternatives to art school c:
Who do you draw inspiration from?
I LOVE Benjamin Zhang Bin’s emotion in his work and color schemes, as well as Xavier Houssin’s anatomy and dynamics. There’s a myriad of artist whose work I just look at and cry and want to draw like, but these two are the biggest. I’d say pure jealousy of these greater artists’ abilities drives me to try to get better, ha
Where do you get ideas from?
Any freaking thing, really. Like this one really pretty plant saw in someone’s house or this gross coconut, or whatever. I’d say food and flowers are the biggest drawing inspirations though
What mediums do you use?
Most art you’ll find here is digital art, made entirely in Photoshop. I do love to sketch traditionally and use acrylic paints and markers, but don’t show them much as they aren’t as “refined”
What digital art software/hardware do you use?
I use Photoshop CC mainly, and a tablet monitor, the Ugee2150. If starting out I recommend a Monoprice tablet; they’re super reliable
What brushes do you use (in Photoshop)?
I use the basic default brushes for 90% of things. Such as the Hard Round, Splatter and Chalk brushes. The other 10% are made up brushes for a certain texture, like super fine fair, etc.
Do you have tutorials?
I have an older tutorial here: fav.me/d6dpab3It’s a little dated style-wise, but it’s basically how I still work. I will update with a newer tutorial eventually. I do have a Youtube channel with some sped up coloring videos also: www.youtube.com/user/LaPrinnay
Can you teach me how to _____ ?
Apologies, I am still learning myself and am not the best teacher. If you asked for tips or advice I can oblige, but I can’t outright teach you or “correct” an artwork. There’s tons of free places to
learn digital art things, such as ctrlpaint.com
Do you Live Stream?
Sometimes! When it's live you can find it here: picarto.tv/GDBEE
I try to stream at least once a month at random (usually weekends).... That's not very often. Hopefully later this year i can allot more time to live stream and live shenanigans
How long does it take to finish a piece?
That depends. Totaling up the time, a portrait piece takes 4-5 hours, but I work on so many things at once and start over so many times it could span over a couple of weeks. But I’d say on average 5-10 hours
Do you do requests?
No, sorry! I have a backlog of sketches and works in progress I’d love to work on and in between full time working, part time freelancing/commissions, and general life, taking time to do a personal piece is few and far between these days. I really appreciate the ask but I won’t have time for requests
Can I post your art elsewhere?
Sure thing, so long as there’s some kind of credit or link back to me. Feel free to use as an avatar. Also please do not crop the art, or filter it, or edit it, or remove the signature (you’d be surprised how many times that’s happened :c )
Can I claim your art or use it as part of an OC?
Please, no :c Please see the question above. I appreciate your liking of the art but please don’t assign it to your own characters/story, or trying to claim ownership (this too happens quite a bit)
Can you draw me/a person I know/a celebrity?
Of course! As a commission. I can’t draw people on request, sorry!
Do you do commissions?
Certainly c: There’s info here: prinnay.tumblr.com/post/136572…
Your art looks like [famous person], was that intentional?
Nope. Certain likenesses are coincidental. Trust me, 9 times out of 10 I will have no idea what famous person you’re mentioning c:
What/who do you use to make art products/prints/etc?
I’ve started getting this question so many times lately? That’s great you like the quality of my prints, but I consider that a trade secret
Do you accept crits?
I’d love crits and art comments actually! A few years ago it seems as thought hey have tapered off, even though I sometimes explicitly ask if anyone has them. There’s always, always something that needs improvement! And I super appreciate someone took the time out of their own busy lives to throw some advice!
What are you like IRL?
I’m just an introvert black girl who smiles a lot and says sorry too much. I like heat and hoodies and have an addiction to energy drinks. I want to play every JRPG ever and like to nerd out with my boyfriend. Nice to meet you
Thanks for reading/asking c: Hope this doesn't look too haughty by doing a FAQ but hopefully it can save everyone time in the long run???