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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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Sukiao Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist
Really Powerful.
Katipie777 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
MontyEverest Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant 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  New Deviant  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  Hobbyist Traditional 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  New Deviant Student Writer
This art is so beautiful, I love it so much. Keep the Butterfly Project alive :)
PixieArt64 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General 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 
W-Rabbitt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks °u° It helped a lot..
h0rs3s101 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It's kind of ironic. I discovered this a long time ago when I was in the middle of my depression. I had started to have thoughts of cutting and then I came upon this. The Butterfly Project has helped me so much. And it's funny how the year before my grandfather died and a white butterfly had appeared upon the chaplain's shoulder during his funeral. I later found out that white was actually my grandfather's favorite color. I thank you for posting this even though you did it so long ago because the butterfly has officially changed my life. :)
YourMySanity Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Is all I can say.
Vaderhero Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
Beautiful and carrying a priceless message <3 this art work is worldly and inspiring 
Spirit1001 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though i don't cut, i still draw butterlies on my wrists to show i support others.
I remember this one time there was a girl around my age that noticed the butterly i had drawn. And i could see a spark in her eyes, a small glimt of hope.
And i felt like it helped her see she was not completely forgotten. I've never gone a day since without a butterfly on my wrist.
WhereDemonsDwell Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Beautiful. Very very personal and close to home for me and I'm sure many of us. Thank you for the brilliant art to reflect the project. Though it's never worked for me (probably cause my butterflies look deformed past the point of recognition), I'm going to try to imagine your butterfly, so frail and fragile. Thank you. :butterfly: (Butterfly) 
D-arkMoon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Though I don't actually cut, I have thoughts of doing it sometimes. Next time I think of that, I'll definately draw Hope on my arm :)
Ssailor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
I love this..
FallOut99 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional Photographer
Spellbird Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student General Artist
This has a really beautiful message. The colors you used work so well too! Fantastic job! 
marshymalloowlolk Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student
I don't cut, but...

*Draws butterfly*
RRPaula Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
oooh...this have a deep feel..i love it
RottweiIer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cut myself since I'm 13 years old and that's a extremely pretty idea. I will try it out because I want to stop myself from self-harming. Also amazing artwork!
bluesummersky Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Student Photographer
I hope you succeed. please don't cut 
Vanillacat13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
I don't cut myself but i know how people feel :) i like how you blend the colors it looks so perfect and beautiful :D, you make beautiful drawings. By the way I am your new fan/follower/watcher :3 :D
TheRunningSky Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, for how meaningful the description is.

I will remember this, always. I will remember it every time I draw a butterfly.

This is beautiful, and inexplicably deep.

:butterfly: (Butterfly) 
TheRunningSky Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Even when I don't need to draw the butterfly, I will.

I used to cut, and I thought nobody understood me.
ninetailfawks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love how soft this is , so beautiful
MrGrimGamer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
You blended the colors for her face very beautifully, bravo!
ThisIsMakaChan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mylegaselilchan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Greebs232 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i like the really warm colours! looks great!
Asansa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
I think the butterfly rules are beautifully made. I wish I knew about them when I was in high school and started cutting. I don't cut anymore and all my scars have faded; though oddly I miss them because they were such a big part of me. Perhaps the next time I get a tattoo, it will be a permanent butterfly :) 
snakeeatingbacon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
omg i cried reading the desc. that is so beautiful
Leapingshadow Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the meaning!
catpatronus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is so much more than it looks...
vvolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Artist
a deep meaning in a simple painting,
beautiful artwork.
GothicChains Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hai. I foooouuuund yoooouuuu >:3
vvolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Artist

they're onto us...
GothicChains Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
vvolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Artist
Toraeli80 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
This is epic ness on a screen
AsiaTFM Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow nice! :squee: personal revamp 
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