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Words of Thanks

I wish I could personally thank every single one of you who has shown me and my art support, it's not always possible to reply personally to each comment I get. I do read every single one!
So I must give a heartfelt thank you here and let you know how much I appreciate all of your kind words and support over the years.
I hope continuing sharing with you little pieces of my soul through my art is thanks enough :hug:

FAQ

Where did you learn to draw?
I'm completely self taught! My high school art teacher told me cartoons were not art, so I didn't peruse any formal education in art. My drive came from within, to draw something into existence has always been intoxicating for me.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Drawing is the way I can best express myself. My art is like a visual diary, documenting feelings, thoughts and events. I find my inspirations all over, most often in everyday life, or the need get crap out of my head onto paper.
Please don't let me darker work fool you. I'm naturally a cheerful person; who has struggled with tough times. During the hard times I use drawing as an escape, a way to vent and put my story on paper, to be constructive with the destructive thoughts. It's been a life saver.

Do you do commissions?
Never, sorry. If someone is controlling my pen with their money I find it stifling. Staying independent is really important to me. I need to tell my own stories, an I know you guys appreciate seeing original work :)

Do you do requests?
No, sorry. See above. Minus money. This includes drawing you XD

What tools do you use?
PhotoShop CS6 and SAI, and a Wacom intuos3 drawing tablet, or my snazzy new Cintiq Companion. I recommend looking at Wacoms 'Bamboo' range if you're just starting out :)

Do you read your comments?
Every. Single. One. The support and feedback you give me is beautiful and often overwhelming I'm truly sorry I cannot reply to everyone (If I did I would never get any drawing done XD) but I read them all, and so many of you have touched me more deeply then you'll ever know :heart:

Can I use your art for something personal/non profit?
Please do! I love it when people use my art for wallpapers/backgrounds/tattoos/scrapbooks
I also love to see my work shared, as long as credit is provided :heart:

Can I use your art for my commercial product?
No. You may not use my art for your financial gain.

Can I do a school assignment about you?
What an honour ^-^ Please feel free to, though I'm sorry I can't personally answer questions, I have covered a lot in my full FAQ: fav.me/d5x4z8h

Can I create something inspired by you?
Wow, yes! I adore seeing works I helped inspire :heart: Please do. Stuff like this makes my day :)

Where can I buy prints?
You can order signed prints which I produce and sign personally form my store: destinyblue.storenvy.com/

I have more questions!
That's not actually a question ;)
But if you would like to know anything more please check out my long full FAQ here: fav.me/d5x4z8h

Thank you! :heart:

Meet me at:


Conventions 2016



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~ MCM London Comic Con ~
May 27th - 29th - London, England


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~ Supanova Sydney ~
June 17th - 19th - Sydney, Australia

~ Supanova Perth ~
June 25th - 26th - Perth, Australia

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~ Japan Expo ~
July 7th - 10th - Paris, France

~ Hyper Japan ~
July 15th - 17th - London, England

~ Manchester MCM Comic Con ~
July 30th - 31st - Manchester, England


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~ Toronto Fan Expo ~
September 1st - 4th - Toronto, Canada

~ MCM Glasgow ~
September 24th - 25th - Glasgow, Scotland

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~ New York Comic Con ~
October 6th - 9th - New York, America

~ FACTS ~
October 22nd - 23rd - Ghent, Belgium

~ MCM London Comic Con ~
October 28th - 30th - London, England

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~~~See you there! :heart:

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
DestinyBlue is one of DeviantArt's most recognized and beloved artists. She is a long-term deviant who regularly pours her heart and soul into the community, and spends much of her time each day leaving thoughtful, helpful comments for other artists on their work. In addition to the kindness and energy she puts forth into the community, her art is instantly recognizable, covering a variety of themes that any viewer can appreciate and connect with. It is our pleasure to name DestinyBlue the recipient of the Deviousness Award for July 2015.
-awarded July 2015
The thing about getting better after your world falls apart... is that things don't come back in a predictable order; you get given bits and pieces at random, fragments of yourself here and there, you know it will all come together eventually, but you don't get a say in whats dropped back when.

I've got a lot back, thankfully. Not all, but I can function, leave the house, do the daily jobs, not want to die, that kind of thing :)

The drawing thing has been tricky though. Drawing has been such a huge part of my life, and that was taken away along with everything else I loved by the mental illness.

It hasn't come back fully yet. 
I can sketch, and I've been sketching a lot, but my focus and concentration to work on a full piece has been impaired. Its a fine line between coaxing yourself to do something, and forcing yourself from a bad place. 
It's hard because there is pressure; pressure to produce new drawings for my supporters, to make a new prints so I have an income, to not get lost in the sea of amazing social media artists, and the internal pressure, the want to improve, to have the full ability back to participate in something I love so much. I just want to get it back properly...

One thing I have got back is my organisational skills. I organised shows. Probably too many. But I will do them, they keep me busy, and out meeting people, and I fond them very rewarding. There is a lot of work which goes into these shows, so they do take up a large portion of my time.

One thing which has taken a lot more time than I ever anticipated, is recovery. I don't mean time waiting for it, but really -doing- it. Real active time participating in and facilitating my recovery.
I have come to learn I won't just 'get better' If I wait. I have to practice it, to earn it. We often talk about 'fighting', and in some respects it is like that, but in other respects its like understanding and forming a new relationship with myself and my demons. At the moment I'm doing a lot of 'openly meeting', meeting the negative thoughts, the dark cognitions and the mal-adaptive comping mechanisms which have taken hold over many years. I am learning new strategies, and implementing them. My cognitive arsenal is growing. But it takes a heck of a lot of work for it to not fall down. It can be like doing mental summer-salts some days, but just as our muscles get stronger as we exerciser, so my mind is getting stronger. 

Here's some sketching I did while watching the Olympics, never intended for anyone to see, but hey. This is what I've been doing a lot of:
Olympicskcthc by DestinyBlue

I have treated myself to a nice camera and have been taking photos with that to stay creative. Got a snap on myself doodling on a train! XD

Trraindraw by DestinyBlue

The good news is my sketchbook is full of doodles :) The bad is I don't really find them worth of presentation. Which is why it's all been a bit quiet from me recently.

I wrote this because I wanted to explain to you about the lack of new artwork recently. It will come back. Some of it is because I've been so busy taking care of myself first, some it it's busy with shows, and some of it is because my full facility for drawing is just not back yet. 


Part 4/5 of my mental health story coming soon. Thanks for your patience! :D

I'm fly to Canada for Fan Expo tomorrow, I'll keep you updated :)

Peace, Love and Sketchbooks,
Blue xx

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My work as an artist takes me all over the UK (and the world) to many events and conventions, I love drawing, traveling and people, which is great because I get enjoy them all doing what I do! :)

~I couldn't do this with out your support! Thank you all so much *bows deeply*

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rainbowbookworm101 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
You're art is amazing! :heart:
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ladyphoenixskull Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
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SemperPuppy Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Just wanted to say, as an admirer of Don Hertzfeldt and others who don't let anyone else tell them what to say, and a non-fan of mercenaries who DO...I find the following quotes sometimes inspirational, hope you do too.  If you don't, know at least they were meant to be.

"...What do you think you are, for Christ's sake, crazy or something? Well, you're not! You're not! You're no crazier than the average asshole out walking around on the streets and that's it!" - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

"...Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."" - Jim Jarmusch
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PurpleFlowerSong Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You're a super cool person and your art is beautiful! :)
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Shadowgal990 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
www.wittyfeed.com/story/17235/…
your artwork was used in that )^: you weren't given credit or mentioned (of course your watermark is still on there but that's about it) 
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Rachel1956 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Student Artist
I just love the way you draw u are an amazingly good artist and keep up the good work
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Cattrooper Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is awesome! I've known you for a few years now and I'm super proud of you. Keep up the amazing work! Hug 
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LarktheBeest Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Fun fact: you are the artist of my favorite drawing of all time, which I still go back to and be enchanted by. Your deviation entitled WARPAINT continues to be my inspiration 
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SuperFluffyGamer Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Your drawings are so cool!! keep up the up good work!
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nientje10 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a surprise for you at FACTS~
See you there!
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