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Not Alone by DestinyBlue Not Alone by DestinyBlue
The butterfly flies into thunderstorms just to feel something. The girl cut herself so that she might stop the feelings. A chance meting of two similar souls, both bearing scars.

They survey each other; and realise, they are not alone.

Mm, a very personal drawing for me... I want to give a butterfly. Have you heard of the Butterfly Project? It's an initiative intended to help stop self harm.

Butterfly Project rules:
1. When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker or pen and draw a butterfly wherever the self-harm occurs. 
2. Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better. 
3. NO scrubbing the butterfly off.
4. If you cut before the butterfly is gone, it dies. If you don't cut, it lives.
5. Another person may draw them on you. These butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.
6. Even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyway, to show your support. 

I didn't hear about this project till after I was out of my personal crisis, but I really like the idea, supporting yourself or/and friends though tough times. But I don't think its perfect. See number 4? Your butterfly dies if you cut. When I was at my worst point I know I couldn't look after myself let alone a butterfly, real or not. 
So I drew this, to give a butterfly, her name is Hope, she wont die when you cut her, because she's been through it already. She is just there for you, on your skin, a reminder that you are not alone. I wish could draw Hope on every person who needs her; if this is you, please pick up a pen and draw her onto you from me. She is a big raggedy, far from perfect, but beautiful in her uniqueness, and kind in her heart, she doesn't judge you, she is just there with you, to remind you that however bad you feel there are others like you, and people who love you.

To feel so bad that you hurt yourself to feel better. It's terribly twisted logic and a horrible thing to experience... and actually some of the most common form of self harm is actually alcohol and drug abuse.
People do all sorts of things to cope. That's what self harm is, trying to cope. 
I urge anyone going through this to try and find other coping mechanisms, ones that don't cause harm.. Hurting yourself makes you feel better for a moment, but the right help can make the rest of your life feel better. See a doctor, see a councillor, therapist, talk to someone, The Samaritan are always on the end of the phone. There is hope, I know, which is why I give Hope. I wish I could do more, but every person must face their own demons, I'm just letting them know they don't have to do it alone.

What I am doing is donating 10% of the profit of each print of this sold to the Samaritans, a worldwide charity who provide emotional support to people in distress. #

What can you do? Draw Hope. Share your story; and read others stories, and talk. Lets not keep this in the shadows. Please feel free to share this :)

Peace, love and fading scars,
~Blue x

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Tigerghosts Featured By Owner 9 hours ago
I had a roommate and I never understood why she tattooed a butterfly on her arm and then I read this 
maddisonerin Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
This is absolutely gorgeous. I've never been one to suffer with cutting or anything like that but the message in this is absolutely amazing. I'd love to turn this into a cross stitch! 
SnowyOwl765 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I can already tell you are a great person. :)
Love it, I will watch. :D
artistic-touches Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
Beautiful image,tones & lighting.
Wonderful information on the Butterfly project.
It is hard to understand why someone would cut themselves so it is great that you bring up subjects like this for us to become more aware and understanding.Heart 
unicornomics Featured By Owner 5 days ago   General Artist
I love the warm color scheme and the light usage and the beautiful story behind it
Pencilliness Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, stunning artwork! 
rosierose33 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
That is so pretty, you are awesome at art!
PandaUnicornAJ Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  New Deviant
This is beautiful! Nice job! Well, that depends on if you did it? Did you get it from the internet? Or did you do it?
OldFashionedBlue Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no, this is her artwork. she didn't get it from the internet and post it here
Iris30094 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so prettyyy!!
LiHy Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional
This is beautiful. Well-executed, and a truly sweet, kind-hearted, inspiring work. Thank you so much for sharing your artistic talent, and this piece specifically.
NatsuriSuzuki Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
God. I simply love this. Thank you, once again because so many said that already but really thank you, what you do is beautiful. If I can add a personal comment... Well, I like to call my girlfriend "butterfly" so... I relate so much to this drawing. We do. But we're gonna be fine.
Let's live.
LadyVenomous Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
this is so ... I have no words .
Thank you 
N-y-x-u-s Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  New Deviant Student Artist
This means so much to me. I've gone through quite a few rough times of harming myself. But this butterfly, Hope, is truly inspiring. A very personal thanks from myself, Blue. I truly appreciate this.
I absolutely love your work... It is 1. simply beautiful and 2. inspirational. I love that you're using your amazing talent to help people... 
FroggyDreams Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say this, your artwork makes me think very deeply every time I see it :)
NightWishCat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  New Deviant
scars will heal but were ment to bleed...
QuackWasHere Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful artwork. Great job!
AmazingSamantha Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
thats really pretty
cqmoran99 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
that's... beautiful. my friend Jada just gave me a butterfly. thank you Blue, for helping me through my depression. thank you.
ramonaspark Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've felt like this before but never cut myself... I will remember this when I feel like this again~ Go butterfly
420scopelol Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  New Deviant Professional
draw more fnaf
dweeblet Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like it's rather disrespectful to comment such a blunt and blatantly unrelated demand to the artist of this image, considering the topics it deals with. I'm also fairly certain DestinyBlue has never created any Five Nights At Freddy's fanart and has no established plans to do so. :/
...though looking at your profile I'm going to assume you're a joke account. I fail to be amused.
420scopelol Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  New Deviant Professional
I am soooooooo sorry! You have no idea. This isn't my account its my younger sibling's (in case you can't tell by the way I'm writing) and lets just say that this is a difficult child. I'm supposed to check every so often on this account to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen. I'm soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sorry. And yes, it is very disrespectful. I'll have to deal with this when we're in the same household. (our parents are divorced) 
Once again, sorry. Really, it shouldn't be me apologizing, but I'm, as usual, the only person to do it. And yeah, this is a joke account, because that's what my sibling is. 
dweeblet Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ah I see
you should probably let your sibling face the music with everyone being mad at them lol
maybe they'll stop haha Icon popo 
420scopelol Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  New Deviant Professional
yeah, (s)he* doesn't really have any friends surprise surprise. And yes, face the music. 

*the little creep will freak out if i give away the gender, like, (s)hes veeeery agressive, biting and all, I've been to er too many times, probably going there again soon :| *
dweeblet Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
eigh sounds tough ; v ; im sorry you have to put up with the little brat
if you have a personal account for yourself or w/e you can feel free to note me or smth
I am your complaining pillow u w u
420scopelol Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  New Deviant Professional
Thx... (s)he's going to get mad though if he finds out I'm on his account so I can't really talk anymore. Sorry again, and thx! 
dweeblet Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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OmileoSan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Zakatsukuyo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist
...I actually have a big fear for butterflies.
Caaroolina Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Zakatsukuyo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist
I ACTUALLY DON'T KNOW. But they creep me off and I scream every time I see one of those evils insects.
Caaroolina Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
XD! Well i can say that they ar more afraid of you, you know...... those evil inscts XD
Zakatsukuyo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist
BUT they look at me
Yarelly Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this beautiful piece. I for one love all your pieces but this one hit home, I am now a full grown adult with a child and wake up happy every day, but there was a time in  my very dark past, where a blade was my best friend. I would never allow anyone to harm themselves, but would do anything to let them know that they will never be alone! So thank you!
Tifetta89 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
RaliaSangeLuna Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so strange... I was just thinking about how this piece reminded me of the Butterfly Project.... This is so beautiful and inspiring... I have 2 groups based on the the butterfly project on Facebook.... It's something that I have dedicated a lot of time to because it's taken up a big part of my life... and this has been done so... beautifully... * Tear slides down cheek* and it's an awesome reminder that no one is alone or has to go through this alone....  
oreetaa Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing and inspiring<3 just wow ..
x Oreetaa
coma-dog Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did this challenge awhile ago and failed, I scrubbed it off before I harmed myself. It really can work though, and if I relapse I am going to draw another one.

Really nice drawing, and thank you so much for all the support you give <3
TrinitySorrow Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  New Deviant Professional General Artist
Hey. Nice job, Im sure you put a lot of effort into what you do! This is beautiful. Keep doing what you do!

Sevgiflower Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Burachi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did this and I showed my friend it as well. He was going through very tough times. When I showed him this and after he drew the butterfly, he named it after his mother... which recently had got taken to the hospital. He felt better ever since and to this day, he still keeps the butterfly on his arm.

When I did it... I named it after my best friend. She helped get through life and I would have never gotten through without her~
PickleR12 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to do this and share this with my friends, thats actually a really good idea!
Saratottel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what if it is a sort of mental illness? (NOT depression, but... still aches.) Can I draw a butterfly? My little Sapphire, she is.... I'll draw her.
JadexTorii Featured By Owner Edited Jun 9, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
My bully's killed my butterfly by cuting me my poor ava
Okeki Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

that's really terrible, and I'm sorry this happened to you. I'm sure Ava knew it was t your fault. You can draw another one, maybe, an extra special one? Don't worry, it gets better <3
JadexTorii Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the hug I actually drew two butterfly's there extra special to me they haven't gone away still it's been three weeks since I drew them there still the same dark color they were when I drew them it's like..... There stuck to me?
Okeki Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That makes sense :) maybe the original butterfly's family? 
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