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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... 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. 
Find my web shop here:

What can you do? Draw Hope. Share your story; and read others stories, and talk. Lets not keep this in the shadows. Share this picture if you want to get this message out! 

~*Featured Artwork*~

Imprint by DestinyBlueShe's brOKen by DestinyBlueTrapped by School by DestinyBlueInspiration by DestinyBlueLast Piece by DestinyBlueIf tears left scars... by DestinyBlue
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BloodxInkedxPen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do you always use colors? Are you repainting the brokens' world again in color? Lately, I've seen this world in nothing, but black and white. I'm trying, but it's hard. I just can't. You know sometimes I lay in night and ask, "How did I become like this?" And seeing this, you know? Makes you feel less alone. Now, I'll rewrite myself a new start. Maybe one day I'll the sun again.Thanks for motivating others to keep going.
- Sorrow Seeks ^^ c:
Wolftheturtle Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  New member
So amazing! Just pure beauty!
Nivyan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful! I love your thinking on this. The project is a great idea but how many butterflies would have died because of me? I have long overcome that point in my life thanks to my husband and now my daughter but I wish I had seen this picture back then. You are an amazing person Destiny and your art always seems to touch my heart.
SnoopyROCKS2 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colors!😍
iamapotatodealwithit Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll post a picture of my butterfly.v:D
ralv1234 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
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Wonderland-Rebel Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2015   General Artist
Awww beautiful description. Brought a tear to my eye.

Just had a thought, why not do a lineart of Hope that people colour and personalise. Then in a way you'd be drawing a little Hope for everyone in need. :)
A-M-y-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
The lips really remind me of how Alphonse Mucha drew lips in his posters - I think It's the thick line around the edges. This is gorgeous!
expressiveEmo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love your art so expressive within the heart.
evemyart Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i failed the butterfly project
Hana-Yu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Artist
This concept is beautiful and I believe it's a great help to those who hurt themselves.
Katitan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The idea is so great... If I do that again, i will definitely draw a Butterfly instead. Thank you very much for this idea. <3
charl-iii Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
this is beautiful, and the description is heartwarming
Marydos1997 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG. this is beautiful
Sk8rchic2000 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just started the butterfly project because of this...

I have two butterflies... Hope, and Faith.
SoundoftheWaves Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Artist
I don't cut, but this is absolutely beautiful <3
Crystal-The-Wolf1015 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your words are really touching, for those who are in pain. The butterfly Hope would make me sad, but happy. I wish i had someone that was like the butterfly. Really there is only one person that can make me feel better though..

I think that, looking at your art is a way for me to cope.. 
snowypuppy Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Austinthrope Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, I don't cut but I definitely support project butterfly. I have a butterfly on my arm to show support.
St-Rhye Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:clap: This is awesome.
gbby11mon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Elsa Clapping Stunning
LittlePrincess28 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I like this.. Keep the butterfly alive
LotusThePirate Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always love looking at your art and reading the descriptions because of their incredibly deep and moving nature.... I have never self harmed (as long as you don't include very bad nail biting....) but I know a fair few people who have. I always wonder if there's more I can do to help them, or if I should even get involved in their problems because they have other confidants.. But I feel now that I can support them through the Butterfly. I want to call mine Serenity :)

Thank you for all your amazing art and support of the Samaritans and I hope you're feeling well. xxx
Lilitenha Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist
I almost cried when I read all the description..Wish I showed this to a friend of mine before he gone away.
I don't cut myself, but I guess everyone does some self-harm from time to time, in their own ways.
Most of the time it's not physical harm, but mental/emotional....
Will try to remember the butterfly.

Looking at your gallery even helped me a bit with my own art block.
So the least I can say is thank you.
Not for the butterfly project, but for your meaningful art.
I love to read the meaning of art when the artist writes and explains it. (also when it's kind of self explanatory)
Keep up this beautiful and meaningful art of yours.
Phoebici Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I did cry when I read the description,'s one of the most touching things I've seen. I'm definitely going to draw a butterfly on my arm, even if I don't cut.

God damnit. ;_;
MoshSloth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
before i read the description I knew what this was, it's so beautiful your art style is incredible <3 and this is really just, ugh, it hit the feels.
I love you okcx
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student General Artist
lovely message w/ this one! :)
WingedTrucker Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How adorable! 
InnocenceOfOurHearts Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing this:) (Smile) 
I tried it. It's an awesome idea. It really kept me from doing it for a long time. So, thanksHeart 
Kina-chan92 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Absolutely beautiful.  Just... just so beautiful.  I love Hope.  Between the picture and your comments, I couldn't help but cry.  I want to post this everywhere.
IvrinielsArtNCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i want to be her Enju Excited Icon 
LlikeOaVsinE Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really wish i knew of this project before my own crisis happened as well
peacelovehalstewart Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! The Butterfly Projects seems like a really legit idea! I think I'll try it next time, and also to show support!!
wierdgirlwhodraws Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
there are no words for how amazing and thoughtful this is  O-O
Lil-Miss-Scribble Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are simply amazing :heart:
BlueEyes-RedDyes Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this drawing. Kind of means a lot to me, as does many of your pieces. I remember a while back, I looked at this and I had to help a friend through some things...I told them about this drawing and about the butterfly project. I guess I wanna say thank you for just helping c:
Lil-Miss-Scribble Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I showed my friend a few of your pictures since I knew you were amazing and I thought she would like your drawings. She did like it, and agreed that you were indeed amazing, however she didn't seem as excited as I was. Weeks had past as we both dug through your gallery, admiring you and your drawings. Then one day I came back to this drawing again and we both studied it closely as we both were trying to learn how to draw side-views. She was just staring at this piece. I finally asked her what's wrong, and she asked, "Why are all her drawings so sad?" I looked at the piece again. Finally making sense of everything. I understood the drawings perfectly because I, myself have lots of scars in my life, when my friend is always the happy, fun and cheerful person. I then looked back at her and said, "They are not sad, Kate. They are meaningful."
Mreeoww Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one beautiful story <3
And yes, they are c:
Lil-Miss-Scribble Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huggle!  Yeah c:
Mreeoww Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
c: <3
Fluffybunny108 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Wow this is beautiful, both the message and the drawing. I have never heard of the butterfly project until now, thank you!
negiixo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The colors are so pretty!
TK6447 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Love this picture and a signed copy now hangs on my wall.. Lovely lady and an amazing artist
Glanzfell Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
CutieKittie999 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I was 13 I was about to cut, but then I remembered that nothing lasts forever, emotional crisis have their end and life gets better soon or later. And I think that project is just brilliant, I'll let people know about it in case they know someone who does self-harm and is someone they love, I love this drawing :D
Kagome1172 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't cut, but I used to be in a really bad place, this is beautiful and made me cry, I love all your art, it's so personal, everyone can relate to at least one of your works.
TheButterflyOfHope Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is a very personal piece and I'm glad you shared it. I've been through similar things and try to advocate the use of this project (despite it's flaws) Well done :hug:
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