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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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Nemyt Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Truly amazing, every drawing you make has its own story.
I really like this one, great job
littledandeliontears Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
so sweet
MisheruOff Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant
Amazing !!
Qwen2018 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Student Artist
That's so cute I love it 
CrazyBannanas121903 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so they set up aSPECIALROOM to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a monday night at 12:00a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death.
Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if u copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minutes u will have the best day of ur life tomorrow. u will either get kissed or asked out, if u break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. in 53 mins someone will say i love you or imSORRY
MaxSchnell1 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
SPAM!!!! Stop trying to scare people! This is carp >:(
Trintran Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
bruh pls no i get enough of this on Pandora
MoonlightTheAlicorn Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh man not le spam
afternoon-girl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
oh man im so scared
AlyOnyx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
don't do this is SPAM!! this isn't even real!!!
Cynnics Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been roughly a year and a half since I've found this picture and truth be told, this kept me a bit steady for a while. At the time I was heavily addicted to self harm and didn't have any coping to counter it before this introduced me to the Butterfly project. Which ultimately helped me gradually stop after about a year. In the past six months different symptoms of mental illness arose here and there and I still sometimes struggle slightly with urges to self harm and I've still found myself relapsing every once in a while. But even a year and a half later I still draw butterflies which helped me more than I thought it could < 3
ShewolfAlpha-Sam Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Putting a special folder for this so i can always find it... thank you so much, DestinyBlue. I'm sending this to a friend in need and I'm drawing a butterfly on myself to show support :)
YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Student General Artist
I am totally going to do the butterfly project!
HernandezGDI Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
AlinaSca Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The thing you did is very important.
You are a well known artist here on Deviantart and this message had reached and will reach many many people with this problem.
The message I read in this page, in the comments, not only in the drawing, is "break the silence".
I think it's very important to meet other people that passed through this things and to talk talk talk with them, knowing that they understand and that you're not alone.
I passed through other kind of problems of anxiety and depression. I never cut myself, only once, but other things... I felt like I need to.. punish myself, to destroy myself.
Now I'm really seeing the end of the tunnel even if I know the street will never be an highway, but always a path.
Anyway talking was the first thing helping me... with people who could understand me! because other way it could be even worst
Frozen-Sol Featured By Owner Edited Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

I love butterflies – actually they’re the only insect I like, but they’re really beautiful. If I ever get a tat it will be a butterfly.


Edit: I changed a lot of this post because I felt it was too depressing. I’m sorry to initially disagree with your idea, I actually respect it. And it’s pointless for me to lament online.


Anyway this picture does bring a smile. The butterfly, the girl and the cuts on her arm. It reminds me of myself a lot, confirming I’m not alone.

Frozen-Sol Featured By Owner Edited Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

I changed my mind,

 Hope Butterfly by Frozen-Sol    

I drew that last night and I won’t kill it by cutting. My arm still has faint scars from cuts awhile back.

AscendedDemon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how color makes for a completely different feel in art work. After seeing the blue version and looking at it side by side with this one... All I can think of is a gif that shows the blue and starting at the butterfly a fade into the warm colored version. Hope radiating from sorrow...
SilverTheRoboticWolf Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AmazingFNAFCabinets Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
CatTheFanatic Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Student General Artist
This is beautiful. In ways I can't say. Meow :3 
Psychromanic Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
I'd actually really like to get this as a tattoo to cover up my SH scars on my upper arm. ^-^ You're such an amazing artist~
thesonofsalvation Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
ilovenikkimaxwell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
KaysLogic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all of your artwork. <3
AlexisOddity Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been doing the butterfly project for a week now <3
KaysLogic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Stay strong. I used to cut, and the struggle is real. I am now 2 months clean. Stay strong, you are beautiful. FREE flying hearts Icon 
adileibu2014 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
it's so beautiful!! I've been looking at the other paintings and I just fell in love with them! they are so amazing and I could feel the artist soul in every one of them. You are really really talnted artist!! 
YatoAndYukine4Life Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it its beautiful!!!! ^^
RoxieIsAlive Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! <3
xG4L4XY-QU33N Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015

i want to draw like y ou
Breesing100 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Its so gorgeous
Nishithepainter Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
"to feel so bad you hurt yourself to feel better"
i'll have to remember this if i ever have to explain.
thankyou, for the amazing speech <3
Sukiao Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Really Powerful.
Katipie777 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Student General Artist
MontyEverest Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
its so beautiful. 
LilChiisai Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
Thank you...♥
Beautiful message and artwork, keep up the good work!
Quantum-Optic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015   General Artist
such beautiful warmth, and a touching description :)
LittlePervert1 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
Captivating!  These look like the colors of Autumn.  Beautifully done. <3
Tena360 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student Artist
I really like your art. I noticed how most of the lighting was on the butterfly and there was some darkness on the girl. I don't know if this was intentional or not, but I thought this was very expressive. I also liked how you did the scars, as many scars are permanent. I really love your art, it is so beautiful and artistic! =)
Le-Papillon-57 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Again a wonderful picture and a beautiful text :)
As butterlfy, I hope I'll can help to bring some hope in this world. I'm not anymore in dA thoses days (years !!), but I am happy that I found your page today. 
LilitRose Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful. The person I love suffers from depression....'s so fitting to be a butterfly. This has been in my saved pictures forever, and stumbling across it again and reading your description filled me with hope. Thank you.
ninjakrista Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank so much for helping others out there who suffer from depression, I love your art because It really shows the horror of depression in a beautiful way. Keep up the good work! Also, thank you again!
Linzizbae Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student Writer
This art is so beautiful, I love it so much. Keep the Butterfly Project alive :)
PixieArt64 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank much...I'm not sure if you even read the things people comment, because probably there are so many people who want to tell you about how gorgeous your art is, but thank you... if you can make it, then i can.
NicoleReid Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Artist
This is so beautiful, what a lovely message <3
Andeathera Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't cut, but my best friend did for years. Me and my family tried our best to support her at all times, to provide the emotional help she didn't receive from her own "blood". However we both are prone to depression, and outburst of emotion. I usually would just go cold inside and kill it internally, while she tried to kill it physically. I'm thinking about doing the butterfly project to remind myself that to feel emotion is okay, even if it hurts, and that my butterfly, Betsy, is always going to be there for me even if shes no longer with me. Thank you. 
YunkoBlakguitar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student Writer
So classy :) You such have a good drowning :D 
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