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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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:iconkittyluvcupcake:
kittyluvcupcake Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I drew a butterfly on my wrist to support my best friend and cousin who both cut
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kittylove456 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love the idea of the butterfly project. What you said is really sweet and the picture is beautiful
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JCherry12 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I love the meaning behind this drawing! You're such an amazing artist!
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Freedom50 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
Wow.....Truly inspiring.
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angelinanarayan Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Photographer
I saw a dead butterfly at school today </3
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Starworksrly Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh..... So good!
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RosebuddioliAJ Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Wow...beautiful.
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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. :-)
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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
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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. ^^
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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
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Cupcake-mochii Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  New member
I like it <3
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Tmntprincess Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What did you use to draw this?
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itslage Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
greeeeat
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chloebani Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful!
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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.
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LukaMegurineLover Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  New member Hobbyist 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...
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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!
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Binxx763 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 21, 2015
I think mostly people do it to feel calm, to stop feeling...
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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:
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Wolftheturtle Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  New member
So amazing! Just pure beauty!
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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.
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SnoopyROCKS2 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colors!😍
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iamapotatodealwithit Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll post a picture of my butterfly.v:D
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ralv1234 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Fantastic
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flameheart10 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
:heart:
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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. :)
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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!
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expressiveEmo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love your art so expressive within the heart.
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evemyart Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i failed the butterfly project
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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.
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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
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charl-iii Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
this is beautiful, and the description is heartwarming
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Marydos1997 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG. this is beautiful
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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.
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SoundoftheWaves Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Artist
I don't cut, but this is absolutely beautiful <3
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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.. 
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snowypuppy Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Pretty!
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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.
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St-Rhye Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:clap: This is awesome.
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gbby11mon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Elsa Clapping Stunning
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LittlePrincess28 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I like this.. Keep the butterfly alive
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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
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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.
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Phoebici Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I did cry when I read the description, too...it'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. ;_;
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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
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student General Artist
lovely message w/ this one! :)
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WingedTrucker Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awww!
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MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How adorable! 
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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 
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