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Trapped by School by DestinyBlue Trapped by School by DestinyBlue
She slips in after class, just to be away from them, waiting till the sound of shouting and laughter has subsided, till it's safe to walk home alone.

School occupies a strange place in my mind. It wasn't so long ago, but when I look back it seems foggy; so different from the life I experience now. I was bullied, a lot, at first it really hurt, but I learned to not let it get to me. I was the 'weird' girl, who drew anime. I relised people would always judge, and knew it's you who has to be happy with yourself, you shouldn't change to please them; I noticed the things people would tease me about were the things they were insecure about in themselves. The most valuable lessons I learned weren't in the classroom. I got very comfortable with my own company :) 

My art teacher told me "Cartoons are not art" so I drew in my spare time and let myself indulge in a world all my own.

Schools such a strange place, and this girls having a hard time of it... I can certainly relate to feeling trapped there sometimes, for many reasons...

~How is/was it for you?

Edit: Wow, thanks so much for the response on this one guys :heart: I've enjoyed reading about your experiences, all those having a hard time- It will get better! School is temporary. Use the time to better yourself. While I do read all comments it is a tall order replying to hundreds, so I'm sorry if you don't get a personal response from me, but please do know myself and others support you :) 

Peace, Love and beating the bullies,
~Blue x

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TechnicolourHorror Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People think I'm weird because I wear black all the time and I'm obsessed with dolls and draw kinda... creepy stuff. Needless to say I don't have that many friends, haha XD
MrARKY89 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
YES! School as a symbol for conformity, the threat to individuality.
bunnytheblackone Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student Artist
gfhryhgfgfybychfbgfdhyb, i love thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD
Nemelex Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
I love this art and texture.

I've been bullied mostly in schools more or less one third of my life.
It feels like an eternity since i last had such problems.
The last time it did happen to me, I stopped it by confronting the bully. However, he was just one bully.
Sometimes there can be a group of bullies that you have to confront alone. Even then you must fight back instead of just trying to tank it. It's not like they are not already doing their worse, so there's nothing more to be afraid of.
AppleSara Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Great concept !
And good drawing !
LanfonixTP Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
0.0 amaizing...
star3catcher Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
"Cartoons are not art"? For an art teacher, they seem to know very little about the art world. It doesn't take a lot of searching to see that "cartoons" play a HUGE part in art history. Sounds like a "textbook artist" type, living in the past and the hard definitions instead of going with the flow.
DarasXX Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
U have Amazing arts keep it that way :) loving it :) :3
ChaosPhantom444 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing work, nice touch with drawing the cage on the chalkboard. Really captures the message.
Frostart12 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Student Artist
I can relate...
And amazing art work! X3
TheMegster317 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
Ah, what the teacher said is bullcrap. Anything you make is art. It doesn't matter how bad it is, how detailed it is, you made it. It is art.
CatsareCuteWMKM Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Seriously, cartoons are NOT art? I see people draw cartoons all of the time, and I think it's art.
adobeLover Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
very nice concept .. great work
Katsumiku Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  New Deviant
Woah that's pretty deep.
Maddogsworld Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Hey love the picture and keep it up don't let them get to you follow your own artistic path and you'll do fine
CreatorXM Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I know this...the worst feeling -.-
hyclon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
If you art teacher told you cartoons aren't art, then the people like hi/her are the reason Van Gogh killed himself. People make art out of their own freedom and thoughts, so don't let anybody tell you what's art and what's not.
Ataari Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
I love studying but I hate school. 
Hoshimiakumu13 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely hate school. I just hate crowds, lots of noise, and being pressured to do things. God i wish i could be homeschooled or online school but i cant because my parents dont let me. Art is just a way for me to escape that place and be free to my own mind. I have very strong hallucinations and a very strong imagination to a point where i can see people or things that arent there. I was always that outcast who could draw. Even today i hate crowds. My art teacher never really bothered me about how i draw but even of she did i wouldnt honestly care. I would probably just give her the evil look. Art class was basically my heaven though because it was always quiet
lozyazookadaj Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2015
In my view, art = anything that makes one thinks it is beautiful.  So, I see no reasons why cartoons can't be art.

And I don't think drawing anime is weird. Many anime are insightful or beautifully drawn.
Can-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
So, if the 'key' is in her hand, isn't she on the outside, and the cage door open? 

Woa, reading so many similar comments how art teachers say cartoons aren't art. So, what's art class if it's not about technique or expression? Non-art?

As the saying goes- draw it out.

One teacher said, 'You have no idea how much people here hate you, do you?'

Had to say, 'No, too busy.' 

How could they hate something or someone they didn't even know? That's just ignorance.
Galaxy-Sparks Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2015  Student Artist
It's awful.

People stare at ne in a strange way, just because i am different.Because I like being me.
My art teacher says 'When will you start drawing?' and it doesn't hurt that much as I expected
I've never been bullied, because of my big mouth and a reputation of ass kicker. But it should feel nice if people say something like 'Nice!' when I am drawing, instead of staring at me like I am an alien
CallingOfTheWolf Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
I was bullied too.

My art teacher told me “What you draw isnt art” ...

At first it would hurt, but with time I would draw in every single class of her something in the blackboard with my own style. I would spend the entire brake with my art, just to annoy her when she entered.
MorphiusX Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As if it's how I feel in my mid-years throughout elementary to high school...!
Foxwithartisticwings Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
this is just wat im feelingKillua Cry Emoticon 
Coco853 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
That school needs to hire a new art teacher.
pokemonwarriorcat Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
School starts on August 12th for me. It's time to go back to that place...
HighlyAnimated Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What kinda art teacher would tell a student that?? Rude!!
Just-a-Nomad Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Caged in
No room to breath
Stifled by
The slightest breeze

Nothing makes sense
It's all a big mess
When the hell
Will I find rest
moonjumper4 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Student General Artist
cartooning is an art 
Hope-Pearson Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
What do you believe art is?
SnowyOwl765 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe it is anything that expresses inner feelings, has a meaning, or just something creative. :)
AnnabethLovegd Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aussie91 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
WOW! your art has a strong views 
Puppylover1123 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
noooooooooo!!!I hate school!even math.
AngelMaria89 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel the same when I was in school I was judged for liking certain games 
and anime but I did not care over time I learned to be strong in myself and love 
what I enjoy so much and that is drawing, great job on this art. :) Clap 
MusicForChloe Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Artist
I'd love to hear what your art teacher would say about you now. (:
camilokabipolar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
amo tu hermosa arte!!!!!! TTOTT
ErichZannIII Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew it!! I bought several of your pictures at New York Comicon 2014.  You were in the Artists Alley.  I recognize your Broken picture.
LittleBunny012 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Artist
I hate your art teacher, because she made me think my art isn't art.
NatiManga Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow your art teacher is insane, what did he/she draw anyways? o.o
dasu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Your art "teacher" probably wouldn't know actual art if someone rubbed their face in it. Anyone who excludes a chosen form of artistic expression simply because it doesn't fit their personal tastes isn't worth the paper their degree is printed on. I might hate what people like Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol have turned art galleries into, but I can't deny that they're still art.
RythmColors Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Youre not alone...
peacelovehalstewart Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Technada049 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
MasterAnimeJoker Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Trapped? Not at my school, buddy. It was all about beating up nerds, digging through garbage, girls running around topless and the teachers not giving a fuck.
CosmicSturm Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
She seems to write with left hand (be a lefty :-p.)
fmageek77 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
That's cool, I didn't notice now, thanks!
KnightXayvion Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
I still have a year of school left. And in 10th grade, my art teacher said the same thing... He said I couldn't draw "cartoons" for projects and that they had to be based off of something real. I also used to get bullied a lot. I had a lot of issues in school, but It's so strange to think there's only one last year for me left. It even felt weird when summer began. I almost don't want to forget the precious memories of those I've made friends with or have became fond of. That includes some of my teachers as well. I still miss my teachers and friends from where I used to live. It was an entirely different state than where I live now.

Your artwork is astounding! I'm in awe, it's so breathtaking. I just can't explain how beautiful it truly is!
MantaTheMisukitty Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was also the weird one, who drew anime :la: Only difference was, that my art teacher(s) was more open, and I usually had the best grade in the class :lol: Otherwise school sucked. When I look back at it now, I wonder how I ever managed to get through it all. I'm completely burn-out from it all, and I can't imagine going to school anytime soon :faint:
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