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TWYGA: The Blog

Artist Genevieve Barbee is creating 800 portraits of individuals and their talents. She asks each person one question: "What are you good at?". She's had a lot of different responses...

The Third Return of TWYGA


^ That's me up there ^ My name is Genevieve Barbee and I paint and draw things. I can't help it really. Starting at the tender age of 4 or 5, I began to transform letters and numbers I was learning at school into doodles of animals and plants. My grandfather showed me how to transform a 6 into a swan and I never saw the world in the same way again. What sets my artistic origin story apart from others is that I am incredibly inspired by listening to people describe things audibly.  People talk. I draw.

I've spent several years applying that creative point of view to getting through college and a series of different day jobs. October of 2015 saw me leaving full-time employment to build freelance illustration work. This project, That's What You're Good At is a big part of that transition.

In early 2015 I decided I wanted to create 800 portraits by interviewing and illustrating individuals. I ask everyone one question: "What are you good at?" I've had a lot of different responses that range from karaoke, parallel parking, and resting bitch face. I create the portrait however I like using the recorded audio to inspire my composition—producing them as quickly as possible and never re-doing them. 

Then it all disappeared

The title mentions that this is the third return of this project. I've had two major setbacks in the past year where two different websites featuring TWYGA posts were wiped from the internet. Without getting into a long-winded bitch-fest about it, I will say that housing them here on my personal website hosted on Squarespace will hopefully ensure their survival for as long as the internet is a thing. 

Your support is vital to the continuation of this project. As I salvage the past 100+ posts, (using some special way-back machine technology and my own private stash of images and audio) it would be amazing if you shared posts from this project with people you know, submitted your own talent to be illustrated, and/or supported the project via Patreon or by purchasing a print.

I've also had pieces commissioned by people to be, "done in the TWYGA style". For more information on that, email me at

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