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She's brOKen by DestinyBlue She's brOKen by DestinyBlue

OK? Broken? Both?

Are we strong putting on a brave face or weak covering our problems?...

I saw her on the London Underground, she was crying quietly into her hand. Her vest top it read "YOLO" the new phrase, 'You Only Live Once' apparently. I noticed the top before I saw her sad. It made me think of how many slogans and things we wear that are a front, what if our t-shirt said what we really felt...
She inspired this... I handed her a tissue as I got off next stop.

If this is you; Thank You.

Update: I love that you guys love to share my art :) However recently a version of this drawing with the watermark edited out and without credit has been circulating the web. You can help by commenting/reblogging if you see it and adding credit and link back to my page. That would be much appreciated :D
I do love my artwork being shared, and am all for it, but you should always give credit like 'Art by DestinyBlue' with a link back to my gallery :heart:
Thanks to everyone who does share my art in the right way, much love to you :iconblueheartplz:

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Nevermemory2014 Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
Love this piece, it's just so true and hauntingly beautiful.
IceFlower24 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece extremely inspiring! I would like to ask if I may recreate something similar in a photograph. I would, of course, give you due credit.
Ayior Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
This is the best interpretation of the "silent scream" motif I've ever seen :D
Really smart!
Xeerinare Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like this way too often unfortunately.
Jujube-B Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I realy like all of your art. It really touches me emotionally, this is exactly how I fell every day,again,again,again and again...Anyways, I realy love all of your creation.
liltwinstar Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
iamnotanotter Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this. (And as an interesting/funny sidenote, I was listening to a song called "Broken" when I first saw this picture)
Katitan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very good and also sad idea... i like it... Heart 
redkneesocks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Interesting questions! I like this drawing! :)
Scared2dream Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
That's the trouble with small talk, it leaves very room to say the things that profoundly matter.
OriganlGaming Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like your style, it's really cool! I enjoy a lot of your work, it's amazing!
Pebbleshy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture shows how I have felt most of my life. Very much so as my normal respons when people (aside from close friends) ask how things are going or how I am, the answer is usually just "ok" not good, not bad... just ok. 
Luckily one can move on from the feeling of being broken... or maybe embrace it in a way... depending on what kind of broken it is.
melanthea Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Love this! : )
karmicpixi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I feel this so much...
I always wanted to do a fanart/cosply of this Picture. But hadn't yet asked You if that is something that would be ok
9LivesWSRC Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Broken & imprints are my favorite...this is my story. I'm 47 yrs old & I'm married to a 64 yr old decorated Vietnam veteran who was a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club in S.C. On December 19th 2014 the family that I loved & respected for the past 15 years sent my husband home to me beaten & bloody. I have spent the past few days crying over this. His bruises & blood stained pillow are now the symbols of my BROKEN spirit. The Hells Angels were the only family I had...they were all I knew. Their act of violence & betrayal are the IMPRINTS of what family now means to me. I grew up a foster child passed from home to home like yesterday's trash...but yet never gave up the hope of one day finding that one family that would love & except me. It was those dreams that carried me through those dark days. After 15 yrs invested I find myself with my dreams squashed & yesterday's trash once again. Now I find myself wondering will I ever be OK? I so wish I could obtain these two pieces because they speak to me...they describe how I feel & what I've become.i just discovered you today & I've become an instant fan...your art is incredible!!
Sympli-Me Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So simplistic but its beautiful, could I ask about the pattern on the wall? I love it! Would like to use it if you're willing to share
thehowlinghoodie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this pose and the idea!!!! It makes me feel like I want to cry. uwu I was wondering if I could use the idea maybe in a drawing of my own if thats okay? 
urbe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall remember this the next time someone asks how I feel.  :/ any ways nice work :D
iaini-diamantia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love this piece.....
thethomas01101 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
would be so cool if you did her smiling and just with the shirt 
'she's finally ok' 
RoseliaTyler Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
aww so sad.
LliaOlsen Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Product-Ivity of Pain-T
DreamFreeWings Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely adore all of your works, you're my all time favorite artist and inspiration I've ever seen. I'm currently trying to recreate this as a cosplay type thing. I hope all would be okay with you if I did, I just find your work so deep and full of heart. It speaks to me and it's all to beautiful
DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional
Oh wow, I'd be honored if you wanted to do a cosplay thing of this! Yes, you certainly have my permission :nod:
Thank you :)
DreamFreeWings Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, I'm always uber excited when your work comes ot because it's beautiful and inspiring. You're my favorite artist of all time, and I can't even express how excited and honored I am to have your permission, thank you so much! ^_^
mangasketchartist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I like that
Myriam-Mitsune Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, god. I've spent so many time loving this picture withouth even realising it did have an author, and that author could be really happy of reading that. My fault, maybe I shoud've made some research about it, being so in love as I was with this picture. But now I just can say (more like repeat, lol):
I love it.
Keep making this beautiful work!
(And forgive me if my grammar isn't very good, English isn't my native language and I still gotta fix it ^^U)
LittlePrincess28 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
They should make those shirts.. I hope she is ok
Trinitystarlight Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
This is absolutely beautiful!
Bambee-T Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect use of a shirt like that. Amazing work!
LoZGamer316 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was the first work of yours that I saw. It's incredibly deep then again so are all your other works. I salute you! :iconsaluteplz:
Aub-Bob44 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
The copying has spread to Instagram, I'm so pissed. A lot of the other drawings look badly traced as well, I wonder how many others they've stolen from...
h0rs3s101 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is gorgeous.. very deep
LegendSpirit Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Photographer
This is so true! 
DazedDaisiesO-o Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, at first I interpreted this fairly differently than its intended message. I saw it as the girl is broken, and people can see that, but she also wants as to know she's going to be ok. I mean, aren't we all at least a little broken? Guess I'm just a positive person?

Once again, great work!
DancesWith0wlz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would so save this photo and make it my wallpaper if my family would not ask if I was depressed. xD beautiful!
theshipperoflove Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this :')
wierdgirlwhodraws Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dang this is just so so... deep O-O 

also why does this remind me of the fault in our stars so much ;m;
jess13131 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
i saw ur work in manchester today and i fell in love with it, its just so different
scorpiodrago Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah i happened to see the one without the watermark, and unfortunately, at the time didnt know it was your piece... :( if i come across it again I will definitely link it. 
unicornbunny12 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student
 I love your message and your arts great I hope someday i'll be able to draw or paint as well as you do I find your art inspiring :3
KatanaOngaku Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so incredibly powerful, just like all your work. You are such a beautiful person. Keep inspiring!
Ghostguide Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
I relate to this one so much. I just... agh. I can't even handle the phrase "how are you" anymore unless I know the person asking is specifically wondering about my well being.

Thank you for making a picture that functions so well as a representation of my emotions. And thank you for handing the girl in the London Underground a tissue.
ManicalSketcher Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I relate to this one so much at the moment. It really hits the nail on the head...
Hiyuukii Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Omg, I loved it! 
don27loveu Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one! :) <3
Mollykop Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Is it just me, or does look like Anna from "Frozen"?
Zorua076 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
To me she looks like Rain from :iconjocelynsamara:'s Rain.
ClearedHot Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I want to hug this.
Thomarie1923 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Han pasado unos meses y sigo amando esta pintura, en serio, es muy hermosa. :heart:
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