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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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DarkDictator88 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
No one should be ashamed of any aspect of themself that doesn't affect other people. Why can't everyone get that? What happened to "different does not mean less than"?
MaxSchnell1 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
At least now I know I'm not the only one who feels like that. My junior high years were horrible. Moving across the United States didn't help my case. People thought I was a weirdo because I cared more about cars than having the top line of fashion. I love drawing (especially cars as you can see on my gallery), but that wasn't what the society at my school told me. It's not right for anyone to like cars that much, let alone a GIRL. That's what I was told. This artwork could have been me.
chesterni Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Student Interface Designer
StormWing0 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
At least I know I'm not the only one that feels like high school and below are totally worthless.  One of the main reasons is there were enough bullies to build a personal ship for that I'd have been more than happy to sink with them on it. v_v  Quite likely many teachers that didn't do anything about the issue would have been on it as well. >_>  They say to ignore it and not let it get to you but that only works if they give up, at that point you either fight back or get beat into the ground.  The main thing I hated back than is a lot of the teachers didn't do anything about the problems and it just made it more infuriating.
Uzrfrndly Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Wait till schools over. Youll be trapped at work too for the rest of your life.
Aublox Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
School and art don't mix. That's what they say to us.... :C
Miko-The-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconderekandbladian: Look at picture, then read the desc. If ya figure out when I mentioned you, I'll be in my bedroom. On my bed. With my Sonic stuffie. Cause reasons. Ya. *darts upstairs* 
DisneyFan-01 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
For your teacher to tell you 'Cartoons are not art'.. . when I was in middle school, my choir teacher told me something similar.  I didn't enjoy choir that much that I was always drawing something while she was up there 'blah blah blah'-ing until she said, "Andrea, put the drawings away.  Music and art don't mix."
I obeyed, but I just couldn't believe she said that.  I kept my mouth shut but I said in my head, "Yeah right.  Tell that to Walt Disney." 
Of course I quit choir later that year and moved on to band class.
MeggieTheWaffle Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say that I love the little bit of glow that is showing from the girl. It reminds me that although she's trapped inside that cage, there's still a bit of hope left for her. It also makes me feel warm, and I think "Keep fighting, you can do it."

The colors you used really bring meaning into the art. Well done ^-^
LieutenantPrank Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
my art teachers have been telling me that cartoon and anime aren't art...

but i really love drawing the way i want and yes, i will take their advice on important things, but i want to continue doing what i love.
YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Would you say that art is your escape? Mine is writing, music, and writing poetry
EllefJunior Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i really love your art :D it's incredible and i dont know how you do's amazing and colorful :)
GimmeCandyorDIE Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I love the meanings you carry out with your art. It's so beautiful.
Mybloodypit Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
This is powerful.  School can be very beneficial but when you get hurt in school you really get hurt.  I was bullied in fifth grade.
LemonNeko1911 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so beautiful.
And so true
mickeyelric11 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

1. Make it obligatory: that fills school with angry students that turn into bullies. Also, that totally makes school feel like prisons indeed.

2. Punish violence in self defense...and don't even  try to watch over the students: School Autorithies really need to grow up and realize that life is not perfect, that authorities are still human beings, and some students really deserve a punch on the face.

3. Grades are totally useless: plenty of teachers don't realize that they are not even teaching anymore for caring just for a score.

4. Middle School are a TOTAL BAD IDEA! It's even scientifically proved.

Pretty dramatic work (in the good sense). Beautiful!
Licy-666 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still in school, and it's ok so far.
Well, I'm not getting bullied anymore, but a few years ago I was; now I do have many lovely friends who care about me, so that's not the problem.
But the teachers are.
They hate me, and thanks to one of them I probably won't pass this school year. 
One even said "It would be better if you leave this school.".. Very nice, nh? 

But well, my problems aren't the worst.
Some of you do have by far worse problems than I have.
Keep your chin up, somewhen it'll find an end.
Stay strong!
ilovenikkimaxwell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Away from the nasty bullies and mean girls...
Crystalgirl227 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cartoons aren't art? That's a laugh. I see cartoon art displayed on the wall at my school ALL the time. It counts as art as long as it's something you put your mind to.
equusamor Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Your art teacher told you cartoons aren't art? That's a load of crap. Teacher sounds full of them self.
leadfoot9 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
School was relatively OK for me. I was smart enough to learn everything, but then again my peers probably held me back academically. I was bullied some in middle school, but it really wasn't that bad in hindsight. I was just a lot more thin-skinned back then, and it went away in high school. Which was fine, because I found the bad kids just as insufferable when they weren't directly picking on me. I question the wisdom of allowing young women to be teachers in co-ed high schools. They seem incapable of controlling the average teenage boy, who has zero respect for them. Sure, my peers demonstrated a lack of respect for the male teachers as well, but usually not to their faces. In middle school and high school, I was always reasonably popular in school, but didn't make myself very accessible outside of it, and my interaction with my friends was limited outside of class and sports. I didn't have a cell phone, for one.

College was maybe better. Sending a lot of the lowlifes off to work at McDonald's and making class attendance optional for the rest helped, but my social life actually tanked in college. With fewer structured activities bringing me closer to my peers, my introverted tendencies took over.

Lol to that teacher saying comics are not art, though.
kknkbaker Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Some of us made it
But no one deserved it
I'm silent
I'm screaming
Sticks and stones was
The rhyme that they taught us
To fight off our monsters
To hep numb the darkness
But what they forgot was is
You don't need to break my bones for you to break me
The voices won't stop
Don't let me be alone
Please someone I just wanna go back home

I know That I'm stronger
Broken heart of a fighter
My scars remind me that I'm a survivor
This life is a tough game and I don't wanna play it
I'm reaching for a hand,
Help me make it
But it's too much
So I give up
Just please don't hate me...

My letter's on the pillow with a kiss good bye.
I'm sorry mom but I promise that I tried.……
Misty-Doodle Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Got bullied and was invisible to others for more than 2 years. It's okay now cos then I found out that I shouldn't care what others say and I actually found out my personality (before: dull, quiet, shy NOW: Bubbly, happy, Funn!!) I have friends but I want to be friends with everyone! I'm so happy I can meet new people on deviantART!! My life has been a gr8 experience and I can't wait for more!
YellowCamiColor Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I know what it feels..
I'm new iin my school this year, and everyone calls me infant
Crestfallenn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never been bullied, only ignored.

I think in some ways it's worse.
EssenceOfScourge Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I feel the same way
Yuki-Asakawa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
But cartoons are art. It takes effort to make them, so don't worry and do what you love!
1popenamoon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thats a sad thing
Cheekycupcake1234 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
School takes control of you to me. The thing is, one time I was drawing in class while paying attention also and people judge me because of that. It crazy.
Skyilere Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
The thing is... I'm not sure if I do have friends. Yea, sometimes, some of my classmates joke a bit with me,but I'm unsure if they really regard me as a friend,or a classmate only. School has been stressing all of us like that. I feel like that when I'm running out of time to do my homework.

 *Love how you played with the lightings. ^.^
Wolfrage76 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Be yourself no matter what. Don't let the mindless sheep tell ya how ta run yer business. Tell dose two-faced witches and de backstabin' losers ta take a hike ta never-come-back land. Remembers me of a very interestin' quote: "There is one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the world is telling you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world: NO, YOU MOVE!!"
gameover576 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing
Totally relates to my problems in school.
theARCHERstyls Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful :)
BradW34 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello DestinyBlue I've found your art recently and I love it. You are a really amazing artist and I hope you keep at it.
MikuMikuA Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Student General Artist
I love all your art!!! This drawing is amazing

And yup, I got bullied too u.u
ProfessorLenah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm always bullied because I Pixelart.
TechnicolourHorror Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  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 Oct 6, 2015
YES! School as a symbol for conformity, the threat to individuality.
PrincipalBunny Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional 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  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.
Misty-Doodle Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't mind u saying bullsh*t
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