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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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HibariNoGin15 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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 :)
Cinemutt14 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  New member
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 member 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  New member
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  New member 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  New member Student Digital Artist
This is making me want to cry!
UnhappyCakeTime Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist
Hi! I'm hoping you will see this and get a chance to respond. I wanted to know if it would be okay for me to use this picture and your other called "Friends set you Free" as a preview picture for a written piece I'm going to publish on page. I will, of course, credit you in the description if given permission. I hope you see this! Please write back!
DeadMaster1317 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
YourHumbleHost Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I hated school growing up because I was bullied. It wasn't so bad when I went into high school, but it still sucked.
maureenoconnell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
If you're getting bullied by fellow students, you could have informed your parents. They would have talked to your teachers and sort the issue out. 9 years is a long time and I got goosebumps even thinking about what you would have gone through.
Pebbleshy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
After 15 years I still remember this feeling and I still relate to it. The 9 years I got bullied will never leave me completely. Beautiful work.
xVanessaRx Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
this is just amazing. there's a lot of emotion because I and many people can relate to it
M-Prezz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
this pieces describes her emotions well :3
speedracerdude511 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist
I find it incredibly sad that so many kids can relate to this perfectly...
EnderWolfieART Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Man this looks awesome o3o
FeatherWishMLP Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student General Artist
School is a foreign, forsaken place. The stress that enfolds you and the expectations that weigh you down only add to the frustrations that dwell in my mind. What freedom and joy I will have when the prison door opens and the light of hope welcomes me to summer vacation! :(
honybunch107562 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these are the kind of pictures that tug at your heart and don't let go, it's so amazing that it actually connects you to reality, I LOVE IT.
soulleseye Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Wow, this is amazing, you are a wonderful artist. Your idea is brilliant !!!
TheWolfGuy117 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im a dude, and i feel the SAME way right now in 10th grade. i feel your pain D:
PoisonArt12 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:slow claps for all her art and storys:
TrueAegis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Cartoons are not art, bah! That's an opinion. Art is whatever you express. It has no definitive boundary. I can't stand it when people try to pigeonhole art and what it should be. Sure, there is a general mass of pictures, poems and sculptures that most people identify as art, but I feel it goes beyond that.

I always felt trapped in school too.
Ace-of-Trades Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I may not have felt it much in high school, but I DEFINITELY felt like that in Middle School, back when I was suicidal, and I definitely feel it now that I'm stuck in college.
Sometimes I just want it all to be over, to be free from my own life.
KuriKiKat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
The same here, weird kid that read in most of her free time and tends to disagree with what most people say. The other funny thing is that I didn't, and still don't, have problems with my guy friends, but I have had a lot of trouble with girls, even more when I tried to be nice to everyone else. 

You're also right with it getting better. Its my last year at college and I've met the greatest people I could ever find, and in such a short space of time, I've come to love them to bits. Even though I'm still fighting between my own thoughts and the general consensus, I'm better at keeping my ground, which is the most important thing, especially in school where you're forced to stick to a certain format and do things in a specific way. 

Art and other subject like Literature and Philosophy have this big space where people come up with their own idea of what is going on or what this or that classifies as, that schools try to give the easiest answer  that fits in the given space and that doesn't need a lot of questioning, but not the one that may ring true to everyone. Teachers say that they are trying to get you to 'think', but there is 'thinking', and there is THINKING FOR YOURSELF, which I don't think school does. I have a lit teacher telling me that all answers are right, and yet he reads essays by professors to the class with his own blatant input of 'That's wrong' and 'Nope', with a tone of 'This is why you shouldn't take drugs'. Basically teachers need to be open-minded too otherwise the world is gonna be full of closed-minded people. 

Sorry to rant at you like this, but its a strong subject that, I feel, requires retaliation and could be dragged out more. 
the1dragon1girl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student General Artist
You're  right. Public school was actually designed to make good little factory workers that would fit into the  square holes they needed for the jobs, and now people are still like that and factory workers aren't wanted. People want everyone else to be open-minded while they force  them to shut down their individual thoughts. I'm still in school and I could also rant for hours, so I guess I'm preaching to the choir here . . . 
Laila12345 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student General Artist
wow , this is how i feel all day everyday, love the drawing though.
gbby11mon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Quintessennce Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Artist
I was so moved by this picture that i registered just to tell you how amazing I think it is.  I interpret it a little bit differently but art can vary on how it moves us. To me school can be a prison to the spirit or the soul. An institution that tries to herd you into conformity. A place where irresponsible parents let their poisonous children infect every ray of hope and every pure heart. School is the burial ground for individuality. The modern school swallows up any potential Leonardo Da Vinnci's. Gone are the days of schools helping foster Great minds like those of the past. People can still succeed, but it is a shadow of its former self. 
univea Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
School is awful. I'm trying homeschooling this year, I really hope it's better. I'm more worried about my sister though. 

You should find that teacher and shove your beautiful art in their face. :)
StellaSFMusic Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Great Work!!! Is your work all digital, or do you mess with pencils and ink.
Anywho, your lines are excelente. my new fav... :)
Nalaniiii Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 I TOTALLY felt like that !!!!! Very good piece of art!!!
They should change the schoolsystem!
LoZGamer316 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can relate to being the girl who likes to run around and hang with the guys. "Cartoons aren't art?" What? Says who? They are too art!
Izzy00707 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see from this artwork that you've been bullied before, and overcome many things...I was wandering if you wanted to join my group: The-Anti-Bully-Team. It's small, but I'm hoping to make it bigger. I want as many people as possible to support the "anti-bullying" cause, spread awareness and, if they can, help and give advice to people who are going through the same thing. It'd be great if you could become a member.:) (Smile) 
Entesi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'LL definitely join. :)
Izzy00707 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OK~ I look forward to seeing you.Handshake  And, if you can, you should spread the word of my group. The more people, the bigger the impact we'll have~:happybounce: 
Entesi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I tried to join but it doesn't allow me to. I did watch the group at least~
Izzy00707 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's strange...usually, a message should come up saying that "your application to join has been submitted", and I accept it...If there is no message, you should try again...If it doesn't the second time, send a message to me and I'll look into it.
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