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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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MoonrakerTrainer Featured By Owner 47 minutes ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing piece. It has helped a lot, your work is truly amazing! :)
Athena1000 Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
love this :happybounce: 
SabrinaAmatistaKaila Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  New Deviant Student Artist
Wow.........sad story.....but I like the drawing!
Pandorazx Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this!Heart 
lololala9 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really amazing, thank you.
KtheKreative Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
I'm gonna draw a butterfly on my wrist now... No, in the morning.
I'm not depressed. I just wanna be a supporter.
TFAngelwolf Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Student Artist
wow. I know some one who cuts, I'm going to tell her about this. It makes me cry when I see people do it. 
Shapmaiore Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Student Writer
I'll show that to my friends. One of them has this problem, and I wanna help her.
You can show the light to everyone. Keep it up. :)
LoveFromSky Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I nearly cried!
YukiHaira Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful......
I also really like the butterfly project!
uhlivyaa Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
this is stunning...
Maja-ll Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much
DlNOSAUR Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
This helped me a lot, thank you with all of my heart blu.
Pipinchek Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cute!
SillyScribblet Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Everything you do is so beautiful. It makes my heartache. You're such a wonderful human being
Fur-Fag013 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I saw this awhile ago and started drawing butterflies on myself where I want to harm. I finally found it again. Thank you.
Thank you so much.
Samhayn Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thank you for this, I really needed to see it. I haven't self harmed in over 4 years but the urge is stronger than ever right now and I don't think I'll ever be done with the habit entirely. This saved me for another day. 
Meru-Black-Neko Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa,that innocent feeling in this artwork..Whoa.
Gl0Viih Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
W0W! :happybounce: That colors... Love 
Little-Waterfall Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
wow i love this one!
LukaMegurineLover Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this pic, really
Demon-Kitty9890 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  New Deviant
I think you did best on her face, but really I don't care cause I love it all!    AND ALL YOUR ART! :)
aliceingemlandltd Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  New Deviant
can you buy these prints?
aliceingemlandltd Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  New Deviant
lots of my jewellery is butterflies.... I am a little obsessed with them, and bright colours. very much in love with this one!
ArielPalubeski Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  New Deviant
This is beautiful. 
livintoinspire Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... am I the only one who cried when I saw this..? I regret not buying this one when I saw you </3 I'd give anything for this drawing <3 As someone who knows what it's like to try and stop the feelings, I see this drawing and I want to find the butterfly in my life who won't allow me to feel alone, thank you <3
RayelleFnaf Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
If I do this I would have butterflies all over my stomach and palms.
Dakaido Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to do this with the butterfly. 
I don't cut, but I often feel bad, and I think this somehow could help me :heart:

Thanks a lot for sharing your art, this is amazing :heart:
DreamsAll Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  New Deviant Student Artist
That's fine . Fairy ?.
kittyluvcupcake Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I drew a butterfly on my wrist to support my best friend and cousin who both cut
kittylove456 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love the idea of the butterfly project. What you said is really sweet and the picture is beautiful
JCherry12 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
I love the meaning behind this drawing! You're such an amazing artist!
Freedom50 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  New Deviant
Wow.....Truly inspiring.
angelinanarayan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Photographer
I saw a dead butterfly at school today </3
Starworksrly Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Oh..... So good!
RosebuddioliAJ Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Sonamycutecouple01 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
oh my god that's awesome! You should keep on doing this. One day you should totally give me a copy of this. :-)
Ishyo Featured By Owner Edited Mar 25, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I just feel like the buterfly is really strong because she crossed difficulties trough pain to find what's important or moves her
but hurting yourself will only make you soffer more
once I tried to shut down my heart and not care about anything
but ended up becoming someone I didn't recognize anymore just oppened a hole in my soul
that was when I figured out avoiding pain wasn't the way to go
FeubruneMakesArt Featured By Owner Edited Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I normally don't write comments here, but I want to make an exeption.
I'm following you for quite a while now, I found you way before I had a DeviantArt account, so I can definitely tell you are a very emotional and sensitive person. Your art and the descriptions always touch my soul and make me cry.
That's why I named my butterfly after you. Yep, I called it Destiny and colored it with blue. It's still there and when I become old enough, I will get it as a tattoo, just because the butterfly project is wonderful and it's something I want to support all my life long, even if I don't cut.
Thanks for telling us about the butterfly project, I'm sure I wasn't the only one who didn't know about it before. ^^
Glogirl77 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much i have a butterfly on my wrist as I type this
Cupcake-mochii Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  New Deviant
I like it <3
Tmntprincess Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What did you use to draw this?
itslage Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
chloebani Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful!
Wonderland-Rebel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015   General Artist
Is it okay if I draw a picture of Hope or write a story featuring her to help raise awareness of this idea? I really think everyone should know about Hope.
LukaMegurineLover Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never heard about the Butterfly Project, but I think that's really going to help me.
Your pic is wonderful, just as the other ones!
I'm sorry if there is any error in my sentences, but my english isn't very well...
4nittie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Heart   I never felt the urge to cut myself, but I understand completely. When pain numbs you, you need to feel... anything, even the pain of the cut is better than numbness.
Reading your comment honestly put tears in my eyes. And the girl's expression, her eyes, the mouth... all is so enormously strong feelings... I really can't express myself here, I only want to say that you have touched my soul... Thank You!
Binxx763 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 21, 2015
I think mostly people do it to feel calm, to stop feeling...
BloodxInkedxPen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  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:
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