My name is Kate Powell, I’m 18, and I live in West Yorkshire. I've wanted to be an artist since my 2nd birthday, when my uncle got me a ‘mega-sketcher’ and I realised that drawing was the one thing that came naturally to me. I was very young when I realised art would be the driving force of my entire life. My ability to draw was something I carried around with me every single day, it was part of me, it made me who I was. To this day, art is shaping who I am. It is bringing me new opportunities, allowing me to meet fantastic people, and constantly gives me hope. These days I just draw what I WANT to see, or draw when I need to express myself. I have loved nature all my life, it is beautiful and pure and weird, and it is incorporated into most of my work some way or another. Whether I'm embellishing portraits and figures with elements of nature to combine ‘human’ and ‘natural’ beauty, or using it as a metaphor for thought, it is often the backbone of what I do. Butterflies are a regular occurrence, my awareness of The Butterfly Project has meant that they have come to represent little emblems of hope. I still feel a little bit unsure about labelling myself as an 'artist', but drawing is what I do and who I am. If I didn’t draw I’d curl up and die. Every big breakthrough starts as a hare-brained idea, and I am trying to go off into the deep end, and take my art a little bit further, and this is what motivates me to keep going. I have a lot to learn, and learn I shall. I am currently taking my A levels, I then plan to do an art foundation year, and then a three year BFA/FA at a nice university. Buy prints ✿ Users Online
"Like art could save a wretch like me."
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katelouisepowell:

New drawing, a self portrait based on the quote - “I have acid rain in my brain and it’s killing the flowers in my heart.”
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katelouisepowell:

New drawing - when I was in Lisbon on holiday I bumped into this really beautiful girl in the street when I was super drunk one night, she was so lovely and I promised I’d draw her if she could find me on facebook. When I got back home I had a request from her, so here she is :-) 
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katelouisepowell:

This is my new drawing called 'Doubt', I hope it speaks for itself but I’m trying to show how overwhelming and poisonous self-doubt is because it’s something I feel a lot of the time
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katelouisepowell:

Sad sketchbook faces (drawn from two responses to Marina Abramović’s ‘The Artist is Present’)
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katelouisepowell:

New drawing, 'Burst Apart' fb | ig 
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katelouisepowell:

New (and miserable) drawing, ‘In Gloom/In Bloom’fb / ig
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katelouisepowell:

Self Portrait at 18: [sorry for reposting but I made some changes to this to make it (hopefully) more life-like/generally a bit better.] I have become so interested in self portraiture and I have decided to do a painting of myself at the end of each year, just to see how I might be improving as an artist and changing as a person. I’ve decided to paint and draw things that have more meaning to me, and I was thinking about my self-doubt and feelings of anxiety as I did this, although I’m not sure how strongly that comes across. I wanted to paint an honest picture, to help me come to terms with myself. 
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wryer:

Another new drawing, ‘All Blown Out of Proportion’
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wryer:

Painted myself a twin! Kinda happy with this :-)
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wryer:

A piece I did for college, I didn’t have that much time to spend on this which is why the face isn’t very detailed. ‘Land Locked Blues’
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