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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: www.storenvy.com/DestinyBlue

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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LittlePrincess28 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
I like this.. Keep the butterfly alive
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LotusThePirate Featured By Owner 3 days ago  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 5 days ago  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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MoshSloth Featured By Owner 6 days ago
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  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww!
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MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How adorable! 
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InnocenceOfOurHearts Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  New member
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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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.
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IvrinielsArtNCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i want to be her Enju Excited Icon 
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