At first glance, DestinyBlue's art may only strike you as colourful, somewhat melancholy Anime-inspired portraits. If you look a little closer, however, you'll notice hidden messages that tell the story of the British artist's harrowing struggle with depression.


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DestinyBlue, whose real name is Alice De Ste Croix, has been posting her work on DeviantArt since 2004. She's become massively popular due to the vivid characters she draws from imagination, and her ability to tell emotional stories with imagery. 'Blue,' as her fans affectionately call her, creates all of her art from scratch using Photoshop CS6, and is completely self-taught.

Take in some of DestinyBlue's most well-known pieces below, as well as our interpretations of their deep meanings. Let us know your thoughts on each one in the comments!

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#1 Depression

Depression

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Hope Floats 2 months ago

Sometimes you feel like you're burdening people with your depression, so when your friends or family ask "if you're ok"..you say what you think they want to hear "I'm ok"... It doesn't feel like a lie..Just a way of not dragging them down to how you really are feeling.

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#2 Forever Is Over

Forever Is Over

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Daria B 2 months ago

This one is deep and ambiguous. Forever is over. It can be taken both positively and negatively, and it many ways. I like this one.

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#3 Grow Again

Grow Again

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Denise Blair 2 months ago

Oh I love this one. I haven't seen it before it's so beautiful and meaningful. That little bit of hope when we have been going through hell xxx

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#4 She's Broken

She's Broken

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DestinyBlue 2 months ago

Are we strong putting on a brave face, or weak covering our problems?

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#5 Friends Set You Free

Friends Set You Free

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Supraja Manivannan 2 months ago

Gosh, this reminds me of BTS's WINGS album. <3

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#6 Anxiety

Anxiety

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Jenni Ester 2 months ago

This so true. Especially for social anxiety. I love her work.

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#7 Depth

Depth

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Marzo Florida 2 months ago

Goodness this is deep :'(

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#8 Trust

Trust

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Shinomi Chan 2 months ago

It's difficult especially if one has had very bad memories of trusting someone who turned out not to be worth it.

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#10 If Tears Left Scars...

If Tears Left Scars...

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Roald Andresen 2 months ago

It may not be much comfort, but in time you run out of tears.

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