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They See Every Mistake by KatePowellArt They See Every Mistake by KatePowellArt

They See Every Mistake by KatePowellArt

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I finally finished this piece! I ended up using fewer eyes than I planned to because I felt it was going to look too cluttered in the end. I’m not really happy with how this turned out because it looks nothing like how I imagined it in my head, but then I decided I don’t care about making ‘pretty’ art just now. I’m trying to show how I feel self conscious about just being around groups of people; they see every tiny awkward thing I do wrong, they’re looking because I’m stupid or disgusting, how I feel constantly nervous and embarrassed almost every day. I’m not happy with this piece but I just wanted to create it to justify how I feel

Black acrylic, white charcoal, coloured pencils on white bristol board on grey/green board. HB pencil for the eyes
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Jarrilee Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cool and really portrays what you were intending to show.
negative-creeq-art Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
This is awesome, very good concept.

In uni I developed an obsession of drawings eyes and eyeballs. I would love a whole wall of just eyes.
hayochi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I really like this piece. Her emotions and facial expression is beautiful. I think for the eyes, though beautiful, they seem detached from her. This is a great idea, but I think you should have had the all or most of the eyes staring at her and only at her. I would have loved to see that.  I hope you don't mind criticism.... Ashamed I still really like this piece though
Vadali Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This must be a huge drawing! Even though it didn't turn out how you pictured, it looks amazing. Your shading is amazing!
Borntothevoid Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Also, btw, I dont know if anyone else has bothered to point this out, but you're really pretty.

Of course I've only seen two pictures of you, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say cute in a kind of retro way. With nice eyes, which is good because with the lips thats the first thing people look at to establish how attractive you are.

Anyhow, most people are self-concious, particularly in groups. Its why their personalities vary depending on who and how many people are around.

Theres an art idea in there somewhere.

Its good fuel for art I guess, but try not to let it bother you. You can drive yourself nuts trying to figure out what goes on in other peoples heads, and you'll never actually know for certain anyway.

Also, before I finish lecturing for today, if people are willing you to fuck up somehow, that normally indicates jealousy. Thats a compliment in itself.

Anyway, hope it gets better.
Borntothevoid Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The idea is more important than the vision: when it comes to producing something you have to work through physical/visual problems with the chosen media. The initial idea rarely takes account of this.

I dont think many artists ever produce something that looks exactly the way they envisioned it.

If the initial idea is carried out well enough then the artwork becomes successful in all sorts of ways.

:iconhmmmplz: :iconsaysplz: If I dont try to sound clever at least once a day I get withdrawal. Sorry.
Redbuck Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student
lots of wonderful meaning and very relatable! I think all of us feel this way at times! I know I do, especially when it comes to my art- my problem isn't embarrassment so much as it is me comparing myself to others. Even I know I'm not being fair, but I can't help it! Great piece!
TheArtistAsian Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how the title is very fitting for the artwork.
lauragranholm Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, you are hands down my favorite artist. This is beautiful and I can relate to the message so well! I'm always amazed by your work, keep it up! :)
MewMmew-Kitty Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I totally get what you mean about it not turning out the way you saw it in your head, but from my perspective (not being the one who made this) it's still awesome. It really does convey the feeling and I can really identify with you.
ListentomeSCREAM Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think my favorite part is the faint scribbling of words.

The expression is perfect; beautiful. So helpless and stressed and sad... as if she's thinking.

I love this. Beautiful work.
fukami-x-chan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the fact that you don't consider it 'pretty' art. It does a better job of reinforcing the point. It didn't come out how you imagined and you're not satisfied, so the piece itself is a mistake, but you posted it anyway. We do see your mistakes, but like this piece, they tell us just as much as your accomplishments, and we see that even when it's not your best it's pretty damn good.
irenerei Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student General Artist
very today's society like, nice way of picturing it!
drawn2pencils Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Remain concerned over the only One with a judgment that counts, and when you feel inclined to place too much emphasis on the others turn to Him for Comfort.  (Ps.55:20)


This most expertly reveals the emotion you've meant to express.

heartinart Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very conceptual piece!
Jasemana Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   Writer

I applaud the courage that yields art so close to the bone. 

Perhaps the awkward and discomforting are simply mirrored in the piece itself, and your discontent with the way it turned out is necessary to the mood you are trying to communicate(?)  I do see your point regarding the eyes; however, adding more might cause the piece to seem even more unsettling – maybe that’s a good thing.  I like that it’s moody and estranged.  The unrefined sketching and ripped scraps of the eyes adds to this greatly - good choice.  And there’s an overall insecurity in how the picture itself seems somehow to be unfinished.  Thank you for putting it up.  :)

whimandwonder Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like your point-blank honesty about these feelings. Honesty takes guts. I think that is so admirable, and something positive you can take from these experiences. Your willingness to be open about them is very important and inspiring. I struggle with that openness a lot myself.

And of course, the artwork itself is great, and expresses the feelings very well. I'm in love with the shading of the skin! :)

May I ask what brand of colored pencils you used? They look very fine-tipped to get such delicate hatching. The pencils I have are very fuzzy - I'd love to get what you're using.
Brilijah Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
people always is talking sh*t, I learned to ignore them.
But I like this one, WalkinginDreamlight is right, not all art is pretty, it's just about express yourself (:
WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful and conceptual piece, of metaphysical emotional realities, with the eyes having a detailed level of identity within themselves, and the character, is conscious of poise and movement.

Quite a striking piece, my friend :heart:

You, know, not all art has to be pretty and beautiful to be accepted and understood.

From your description of how people see you , affecting the inner harmony of yourself, one begins to ask, why do you care what anyone thinks?

Accept yourself for the person that you are, and let those around you live within the abandonment of their own self-perceptions.

HeartAttackBunny Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
This is so stunning and great. I think you've captured that feeling of being constantly observed and judged very well. I just think this is amazing. 
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October 3, 2013
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1/21 second
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Date Taken
Sep 30, 2013, 6:48:42 PM
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