THESE 4 ARE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS
Take a stroll through Manchester city centre any given weekend, and you’re likely to pass a street artist.
But how much do you know about the person behind the drawings?
Is a passion being fulfilled, or is it someone trying to scrape a living?
For Rebekah Williams it’s both.
The 20-year-old has been sketching from a young age and exhibits her work outside the Arndale Centre.
“It’s silly to draw at home when I can make money here. I can’t get a full time job because I have ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and I don’t like authority,” she said.
As an artist Rebekah has been inspired by celebrities, homelessness and her boyfriend.
Although she considers herself as a street artist, displaying her work to shoppers and city centre workers, Rebekah also relies on social media.
She said: “If I didn’t have Facebook I would really struggle.I have been noticed by other artists and gained opportunities by my online presence.”
The Manchester-based artist, originally from Morecambe, has also featured in a music video but prioritises her sketching as she finds it therapeutic.
She also has plans to collaborate with another artist she met via Facebook, in a project due to begin in May.
Until then she is happy to count the coins collected in her donation tin – and wax lyrical with strangers about the work that offers her a lifeline.