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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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DemenSDev Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your "art" teacher was such a stupid person, no one can judge what's or what's not art.
I love your style, and the depth of your works Meow :3 
kyrtuck Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, shes got thick skin, and an elastic heart :sing:
OakleyMark Featured By Owner 2 days ago
This is a lovely piece of art.

How is it that SO MANY people share this same experience?

I believe that schools were designed at some level to have exactly this traumatizing effect on people.  The damage follows us all the way into adulthood, affecting our choices and relationships, our confidence and personal power.  The result is so ubiquitous across society, that full spectrum psychosis seems normal!

But it's not!

We're supposed to be more than this.  Few attempt, or even know *how* to attempt to rebuild their souls.

Art is a way to self-examine and self-repair, and help others along through the same process.
V1EWT1FUL Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that feeling
DiscJockeyCandy Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Student Writer
"The cage of chalk and paper will be broken by the simple seeds of temptation, confidence, and hope."-Unknown
This simple quote gives me power against the rough school days I endure.
weepingxangel Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this one because its just.. so true. This is how I feel in school all the time. Dean Emoticon 
Diamond-waterfalls Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Interface Designer
I know what you mean ;o;
Kaiatheshapeshifter Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
I'm werid and my friends and families are weird and I'm the one always saying that. So being werid sort of just runs in the family. I am the werid kid that is always daydreaming of her next story cause for me reality most of the time can just be boreing.
CyrnaMoustier Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I hear yuh
x0Strawberry0x Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so lucky that I live in a place where being that "weird" girl who draws cartoons and anime is normal, I had no idea that it was so different in other places.
Skyilere Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant
Art is practically everything,yes,I agree with AnimatedBunni.
It is music,it is the sound of a frog splashing into a pond,it is when bad changes to good.
Art is this. Art is moods.
If you can never express moods in your arts,you can never be an artist.
Blue expresses her sadness deep enough in each of her arts well.I admire that.
PikaGurl98 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
This is like an optical illusion, it looks like she is in the cage but she is not because it's on the chalk board, nice artwork!
eveemaster999 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
not sure what to compare the  phrase, "cartoons are not art," exept to the phrase, "happy as a dog with two tails," much like saying "happy as a man with two wallets,'
bluebaby4 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
"cartoons are not art" that's like saying video games aren't art
horaciosi Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Man! This character is such a drama queen! lol
weepingxangel Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not really about the drama. It's hard for those who don't feel this way to understand the thoughts and feelings that swarm around you and suppress your ideas. But when you aren't allowed to express yourself, it's hard. This is the real feeling of this drawing. It's not for attention, it's her own self-loathing and pitying. She doesn't want attention, she's keeping away from it.
horaciosi Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
It was a joke, damn it.
weepingxangel Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhh XD Sowwy Oops :PlayBall: 
tugzfan777 Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Student Artist
"Cartoons are not art"?

Excuse me, but what kind of art teacher thinks THAT?
AnimatedBunni Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know right =.=
tugzfan777 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Artist
I wanna slap that person across the face.
AnimatedBunni Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art is everything, is it not?
tugzfan777 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Artist
Potanox Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in my senior year right now and my art teacher refuses to let me draw in an anime or cartoonish style, she only wants me to draw in realism and use acrylics. Thing is I know this is just HER bias as our class saw other Year 12 works in an art exhibit called "Perspectives", which showcases chosen art works from other Year 12 students and some of them were in cartoonish and anime styles. She's a liar and a hypocrite, she even denounced the exhibit, calling it just a "fun little exhibit". I know this is a lie as it is an honor as a senior student to get into it, it show cases the best of the Year 12's art works, she even pointed out marking one of them, which got like 80%. It really is annoying having her bias come through, she really is a terrible teacher.

PS. This is in Australia and our senior year is called year 12, just to clear up any confusion.
PenRoseTheArtist Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Autistic4CatGirl Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing. It captures (almost) exactly what I truly felt in school... And it truly makes me wanna tell my whole school life story xD
Shark-Demon Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely relate to this.  I was the weird, quite girl who hid her face with her hair and drew sea creatures and cartoons.
FennecFe Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can relate to the same experience and people who are supposed to help build you up will break you down sometimes, but above all else you are a beautiful artists and just know we support you and your art.
coyotekiller1 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
HibariNoGin15 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I don't know if this is the correct place to ask this for you. I'm a student of High School, and we are going to make a campaign against bullying. I wonder if you can leave us to use this peace of art and "Friends set you Free". I love it and my class mates too.

And, if you let us, and if you want, we can send you a photo :)
DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Professional
Go for it :)
Cinemutt14 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  New Deviant
I feel trapped at school all da time! ^^ xD great job btw
Winterfrost321 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
IKR I drew anime in my Art Sketchbook and my teacher told me to do it again 
However I'm not bullied but I'm going to move from Hong Kong to the US for like College and stuff so I'm scared that no one will be friends with me (well of course but I don't want to be friendless forever- And I'll miss my HK friends ;-;)
I still have a looooooong way to go though... :c I'm in Grade 6 and already I can barely get on dA and draw and stuff cuz so much homework ;-;
amyanime4 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
this is for anybody:next time a teacher says this just show them some of these amazing artwork
Pretty4Muisic Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  New Deviant Student Filmographer
wow this is so true i feel so bad and contained by my school they just dont set us free
Winterfrost321 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ishyo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Interface Designer
it was alot alike for me and sometimes I still have to be strong to overcome the memories and move on
but I guess I'm slowlly learning to trust myself and understand I don't need to fit in to be happy, I have the ones that love me,and that I love so, they might not be a crowd, but they are just the best ^^ 
wilnet1tractor Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
So sad.
arfman21 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Never give up hope. draw the things they forbid, and flaunt it!
When I was in school, I would write stories and draw maps of fictional worlds, and the teachers would always tell me to stop daydreaming and get real goals. I am currently going through the process of publishing a book. Don't ever let anyone take away an artist's power. Their hope.
Wilczyca-97 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
For me school was a cage but also the only place where I wasn't under the control of my family
I am still daydreaming, hiding insanity( at one point of my life bullying made me go unstable)  behind a mask of proper behavior
Instead of giving up I found people in worse situation and tried to help them, suprisingly it helped - I stopped being numb and I stopped being afraid
I always feel like I will never fit into society, but as long as I can use it for good I'm happy :)
I'm living to protect
lazymonta Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
RocketKat123 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015   General Artist
This picture captures my exact feelings about school. I know school is important; without school a person can't function properly in society, but in a way, that makes if feel even more like a cage. At least to me it does. You did a great job with making a piece that many people can relate to.
Written-Note Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
If an Art Teacher told you "Cartoons are not art" They are no Artist but a person wanting to have that spark
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great arts! And you're right!
gheist45 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I like your artwork 
zz48 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
I feel you
Crusty00 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
i can feel the emotion in this picture, absolutely incredibly done
ElvinGearMaster Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
When I was in school ( I do homeschool now) I was often chewed out by my teachers for my sketches in my workbooks, or when I daydreamed. But I had no control over it. (It's how I get my brain to really think.) I didn't have many friends, but those who were was a fairly colorful bunch.
But in grade 3 I started to bottle up my feelings, which made me feel trapped.
B3autifulflower03 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is making me want to cry!
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