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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Sad sketchbook faces (drawn from two responses to Marina Abramović’s ‘The Artist is Present’)
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New drawing, 'Burst Apart' fb | ig 
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New (and miserable) drawing, ‘In Gloom/In Bloom’fb / ig
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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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Another new drawing, ‘All Blown Out of Proportion’
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Painted myself a twin! Kinda happy with this :-)
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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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Self Portrait at 1830x20 inches, oil paint 70+ hours 
After slaving away since the end of November, I’ve finally finished my painting. I have suddenly 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 painted this for myself - for a long time I was motivated to draw because of the response I got from people on the internet (likes/comments on facebook/tumblr etc.) and I realised that I was drawing things that I knew would be popular when I uploaded them, so I never tried to do anything too different or personal because I knew it wouldn’t get as many hits. Although getting feedback is still really important to me, I’ve decided to paint and draw things that have more meaning to me, not what would get the most reblogs and look good on a t-shirt. 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 of myself, to help me come to terms with how I look. 
Basically I’m going to stop fretting about the internet, I’m not going to let the number of likes and retweets determine whether or not I should be proud of a piece, this is my first ever proper oil painting, and I’m happy with it :-)
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Here is my latest drawing, based on Natalya Lobanova’s quote “I tried to draw my soul but all I could think of was flowers”
I’m trying to express my frustration with myself; I have all these thoughts and feelings inside me but when I try to translate them to paper I end up with a load of flowers and butterflies every time. Maybe it’s not a bad thing, but I just want to make more personal art, I don’t want it to just look ‘pretty’, I want it to mean something.
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A drawing I just finished, called ‘Superfluous’Halfway through making it I managed to really damage the paper, but in the end I think that actually makes it more interesting! I’m quite happy with this :-)
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