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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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Ssailor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  New Deviant
I love this..
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FallOut99 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional Photographer
Impressive.......
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Spellbird Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student General Artist
This has a really beautiful message. The colors you used work so well too! Fantastic job! 
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marshymalloowlolk Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student
I don't cut, but...

*Draws butterfly*
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RRPaula Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
oooh...this have a deep feel..i love it
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RottweiIer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cut myself since I'm 13 years old and that's a extremely pretty idea. I will try it out because I want to stop myself from self-harming. Also amazing artwork!
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bluesummersky Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
I hope you succeed. please don't cut 
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Vanillacat13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
I don't cut myself but i know how people feel :) i like how you blend the colors it looks so perfect and beautiful :D, you make beautiful drawings. By the way I am your new fan/follower/watcher :3 :D
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TheRunningSky Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, for how meaningful the description is.

I will remember this, always. I will remember it every time I draw a butterfly.

This is beautiful, and inexplicably deep.

:butterfly: (Butterfly) 
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TheRunningSky Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Even when I don't need to draw the butterfly, I will.

I used to cut, and I thought nobody understood me.
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ninetailfawks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love how soft this is , so beautiful
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MrGrimGamer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
You blended the colors for her face very beautifully, bravo!
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ThisIsMakaChan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
KAWAIII >O<
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mylegaselilchan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
SHE SO  PRETTY!!!!  OMG  AMAZING   INSPIRED  WORK!
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Greebs232 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
i like the really warm colours! looks great!
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Asansa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
I think the butterfly rules are beautifully made. I wish I knew about them when I was in high school and started cutting. I don't cut anymore and all my scars have faded; though oddly I miss them because they were such a big part of me. Perhaps the next time I get a tattoo, it will be a permanent butterfly :) 
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snakeeatingbacon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
omg i cried reading the desc. that is so beautiful
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Leapingshadow Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the meaning!
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catpatronus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
This is so much more than it looks...
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vvolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Artist
a deep meaning in a simple painting,
beautiful artwork.
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GothicChains Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hai. I foooouuuund yoooouuuu >:3
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vvolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Artist
QUICK, HIDE THE BODIES!

they're onto us...
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GothicChains Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
SHIT! RUN THE FUZZ ARE ON OUR TAILS!
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vvolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Artist
XDDD
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Toraeli80 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  New Deviant
This is epic ness on a screen
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AsiaTFM Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Wow nice! :squee: personal revamp 
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danceing27807387 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Student
This gives me a warm feeling!!Love The Sunshine 
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MelloryUchiha Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My bad times are long since gone but I'm crying right now... Thank you for being.
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SayunJoseph Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  New Deviant
There is a life for each picture.
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press-paws Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the warm colors, this is beautiful work <3
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Tigerghosts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
I had a roommate and I never understood why she tattooed a butterfly on her arm and then I read this 
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maddisonerin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  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! 
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SnowyOwl765 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can already tell you are a great person. :)
Love it, I will watch. :D
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artistic-touches Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  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 
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unicornomics Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015   General Artist
I love the warm color scheme and the light usage and the beautiful story behind it
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Pencilliness Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, stunning artwork! 
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rosierose33 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  New Deviant
That is so pretty, you are awesome at art!
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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?
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OldFashionedBlue Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no, this is her artwork. she didn't get it from the internet and post it here
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cat-pajamas Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think panda means the 'butterfly project' thing in the description :o
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Iris30094 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so prettyyy!!
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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.
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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.
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LadyVenomous Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
this is so ... I have no words .
Thank you 
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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.
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:icontwilightsparklefairy:
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... 
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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 :)
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NightWishCat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
scars will heal but were ment to bleed...
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QuackWasHere Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful artwork. Great job!
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