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Not Alone by DestinyBlue Not Alone by DestinyBlue
The butterfly flies into thunderstorms just to feel something. The girl cut herself so that she might stop the feelings. A chance meting of two similar souls, both bearing scars.

They survey each other; and realise, they are not alone.

Mm, a very personal drawing for me... I want to give a butterfly. Have you heard of the Butterfly Project? It's an initiative intended to help stop self harm.

Butterfly Project rules:
1. When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker or pen and draw a butterfly wherever the self-harm occurs. 
2. Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better. 
3. NO scrubbing the butterfly off.
4. If you cut before the butterfly is gone, it dies. If you don't cut, it lives.
5. Another person may draw them on you. These butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.
6. Even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyway, to show your support. 

I didn't hear about this project till after I was out of my personal crisis, but I really like the idea, supporting yourself or/and friends though tough times. But I don't think its perfect. See number 4? Your butterfly dies if you cut. When I was at my worst point I know I couldn't look after myself let alone a butterfly, real or not. 
So I drew this, to give a butterfly, her name is Hope, she wont die when you cut her, because she's been through it already. She is just there for you, on your skin, a reminder that you are not alone. I wish could draw Hope on every person who needs her; if this is you, please pick up a pen and draw her onto you from me. She is a big raggedy, far from perfect, but beautiful in her uniqueness, and kind in her heart, she doesn't judge you, she is just there with you, to remind you that however bad you feel there are others like you, and people who love you.

To feel so bad that you hurt yourself to feel better. It's terribly twisted logic and a horrible thing to experience... and actually some of the most common form of self harm is actually alcohol and drug abuse.
People do all sorts of things to cope. That's what self harm is, trying to cope. 
I urge anyone going through this to try and find other coping mechanisms, ones that don't cause harm.. Hurting yourself makes you feel better for a moment, but the right help can make the rest of your life feel better. See a doctor, see a councillor, therapist, talk to someone, The Samaritan are always on the end of the phone. There is hope, I know, which is why I give Hope. I wish I could do more, but every person must face their own demons, I'm just letting them know they don't have to do it alone.

What I am doing is donating 10% of the profit of each print of this sold to the Samaritans, a worldwide charity who provide emotional support to people in distress. #

What can you do? Draw Hope. Share your story; and read others stories, and talk. Lets not keep this in the shadows. Please feel free to share this :)

Peace, love and fading scars,
~Blue x
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rivalsecret Featured By Owner 2 hours ago
FreyaIchigosai Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2019
You know, this picture and your message probably saved my life back then. I was in such a horrible place and this was what gave me the incentive to start my road to recovery. I was 14 then, miserable and suicidal and cutting myself. I’m 19 now, going to university. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
jumpugly Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Beautifully realized!
DKFDenial Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Clap Clap Clap 
BiaMidori Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018
Love the expression!!
JNerd300 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful I'm thinking of showing this to a friend.
Yilleo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I no longer have a reason to draw butterflies.

If I did, they would only die.
Sugar-For-Sugar Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Student General Artist
I love your art! It looks absolutely amazing. And I love the colour of her eyes and the way her lips look. You create stunning pieces, with concepts I can relate to. I actually listened to a song which had this picture in it, and I thought, "Wow. That looks absolutely amazing."
Here's the video:…
You inspire me a lot. Thanks.
StrawberryScissors Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017
It's beautiful! I really like the message behind it.
pandacreampuff Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017
It looks so beautyful.
ShatteredDragonFlame Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, Destiny Blue. Thank you from me and my friends. We love your art, and after seeing the butterfly project, we decided to try it. I'm the only one of my friends who actually needed it, but they did it along with me. They gave me butterflies, and whenever I drew a new one, they did too. On themselves. This has really helped me, Destiny Blue. So thank you.
MouseTwitt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Student Artist
Amazing work and post! I like the text and warm colors. 
MerakiPainter Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kelsblu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017
NeonKalixy Featured By Owner Edited Mar 21, 2017   Digital Artist
Oh my goodness.

Honestly, I was just scrolling through a bunch of pictures on dA, clicking on the ones I liked and commenting on all of them in hopes to become a little more social on here again. And then I see this picture; and I'll tell you, this is the best one. From that description I might not have even cared what the drawing looked like- but the drawing is SO GORGEOUS. Not only does your description explain your meaning, your art does too, and that REALLY IS the best type of art.

I've been through some hard times myself, and I agree, having the butterfly die if you cut isn't a very good rule. I love Hope- Hope the butterfly needs her own project!! To all of you out there struggling, do what you have to do, but don't give up. Do what it takes to keep yourself alive and maybe someday you'll realize your actually LIVING. <3
IngheanBhuidhe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Photographer
This is so beautiful
AnotherUnknownPerson Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a selfharmer, and this picture actually made me cry... it's stunning..
IDS-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
CrybabyKitsune Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I edit this picture? please?
NearlyHeadlesZDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very captivating image! Stunning, I really have no more words for it. 
NM-D4n3 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you don't mind ^_^
Moonyeclipse Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the expression of the face ! Very nice :)
Biancamarie24 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Professional
pretty i like it
rainbowbookworm101 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if you're going to read this, but for the past few years you have been a huge inspiration to me. You are an amazing artist and writer, and both your colors and words remind me to look on the bright side of things, which, to be honest, isn't always that easy. I love how you always manage to find beauty in your pain. This year I was more depressed than usual and I began self harming. I saw the picture you drew and realized that I wasn't alone, and that not everyone hated me. It's an easy thing to forget at times, but I began to do the butterfly project to help me remember. Thank you so much for being the wonderful person you are. It always makes me happy to look at your artwork.
FairyTail4322 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You don't know how much this Butterfly Project has helped me or my best friend. We were both going though depression just showing it in different ways I would Cut she would starve herself but the butterfly project help us both. Stopped me from cutting stopped her from starbing herself. I am so glad people like this are out there to help us in depression. It is truly a miracle. Please continue this amazing art. 
Shadow-0f-A-Flame Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so so sooo beautiful, as always. It gives such a powerful message, and you captured it perfectly with this piece. I don't self harm, but I put a butterfly on my wrist to show support. I also drew something for the butterfly project as well. :D Thank you so much for being my inspiration!! All of your art is so beautiful, and I'm certain that you are just as beautiful as a person. I hope you get well as soon as possible, you deserve to be happy! <3
LilyTree Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SnowySparkles Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so they set up aSPECIALROOM to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a monday night at 12:00a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death.
Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if u copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minutes u will have the best day of ur life tomorrow. u will either get kissed or asked out, if u break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. in 53 mins someone will say i love you or imSORRY
ArtisticOceana Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016
Chocolatekitty27 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll draw Hope on me- just to have some company.
Thanks for sharing her with me!
FunkyHeartist Featured By Owner Edited May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, I'm using this photo (watermark intact) for my tumblr blog witchyfanperson because I feel a strong connection with your work and this picture works really well with everything I'm going through. Thought I'd make sure you knew…
Blaringlaze Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
I love your art you have such a fascinating style :)
syviethorne Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! ;u;
TheHolyBagel Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I always recognize your art because of the vibrant colors you use. Great job!~
emeraldtopaz Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
So beautiful
Scatman2945 Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
This, along with the cause, is just amazing!
Gerardsuncle Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
so majestic
Aryatex Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so pretty
Starlie-Staunton Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was wondering if you would be ok with me using this as a facebook cover page for my Butterfly project page on Facebook? Will link back to your DA and give credit... This  picture really touches my heart because how self harm has effected my life.
kitkatsforever Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Wow, that is so beautiful, and meaningful. I'm nnot half the artist you are, but I'm off to draw a butterfly! :)
lumenite88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally doing this.
Camaro-GirlZl1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
I honestly have been suffering from depression for too long now.. One of my friend showed this to me, for the second time..I tried to the the "Butterfly Project" failed..because my life keeps on getting worse. So, I just cut when I feel the need too..I do so many different things to self-harm now.. I do so many different things..
lumenite88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't cut. God created you to be someone special. He made you to live. You can be strong. I have faith in you. :beach: 
Camaro-GirlZl1 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016
To be honest..I used to "follow God" but when my depression got worse..I'm like," Nope!" And stopped.. I'm homeless now...going through hell...
lumenite88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. Sorry. Ummm.....words can't explain how embarrassed I am. Anyway, keep your chin up! You're still here, aren't you?
Camaro-GirlZl1 Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
No. It's fine..sorry for the late reply..I have been very suicidal and busy..
lumenite88 Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's okay. A new butterfly has been added to my collection. Now I must go explain to my boyfriend why there are butterflies on my arms.
Camaro-GirlZl1 Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
I don't do the butterflies.. I just cut..cut till I feel pain..sometimes that's not even enough for me..sometimes I have to do more than cutting..suicide.. I tried two nights ago..and going to try again..hopin that no one stops me...I mean, I really am too depressed to live... I am nothing.. I am worthless... I don't need to keep on living with all of his pain I have..... 

Your not alone. You don't have to be.
lumenite88 Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Please don't. Your family will be devastated! I'll be crying for you. You have a life to live. I'm rambling, sorry.
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Ever-CW Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the butterfly...colours...actually I love everything about your picture♥;)
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