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

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. Struggling with this mental illness, Blue finds her inspiration from her own experience, and that's probably why her deep pictures touch so many of her fans.

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

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#1

Depression

Depression

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Ben Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

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What? A woman is sad? Alert the media....

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#2

Forever Is Over

Forever Is Over

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Krishnendu JayaaRetnan
Community Member
3 years ago

Brilliant.. 😍

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#3

Grow Again

Grow Again

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Denise Blair
Community Member
3 years 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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Community Member
3 years ago

She's NOT okay

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#5

Friends Set You Free

Friends Set You Free

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Supraja Manivannan
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#6

Anxiety

Anxiety

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Jenni Ester
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Goodness this is deep :'(

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#8

Trust

Trust

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lovealways<3
Community Member
3 years ago

DEEP

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#9

I'm Fine

I'm Fine

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Leni S
Community Member
3 years ago

true :(

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#10

If Tears Left Scars...

If Tears Left Scars...

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Shinomi Chan
Community Member
3 years ago

If they did, then many people would have clearly seen lines all over their body.

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#11

I'm Complicated

I'm Complicated

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Lucina Sandoval-Gordon
Community Member
3 years ago

I love this one!

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#12

Trapped By School

Trapped By School

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Shinomi Chan
Community Member
3 years ago

I can relate to this. I mean school is so boring with the lessons, and if there's bullying involved, it is even worse.

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#13

Bulletproof

Bulletproof

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Jade Lynn
Community Member
3 years ago

I love this one

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#14

Imprint

Imprint

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Vela Lightle
Community Member
3 years ago

I really feel this one

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#15

One Of Us Can Be Free...

One Of Us Can Be Free...

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Marzo Florida
Community Member
3 years ago

Her eyes are pleading for something more...

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#16

Warpaint

Warpaint

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Ana Fuentes
Community Member
3 years ago

I have to say that this picture touches me, the most because as a woman makeup is like war paint.

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#17

Sew Closed My Soul

Sew Closed My Soul

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Zombie Gurl
Community Member
3 years ago

Love is made of glass, can be easily broken if weren't handled correctly

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#18

Not Alone

Not Alone

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Marzo Florida
Community Member
3 years ago

I love how the butterflys wings a torn and scathed, but it gives off the impression of joy and peace <3

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#19

All Wrong

All Wrong

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DestinyBlue
Community Member
3 years ago

When things don't even mess up like they're supposed to...

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#20

Lose Yourself In Me

Lose Yourself In Me

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Dawn Frank
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol clever

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#21

Broken Window To The Soul

Broken Window To The Soul

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Harvey Tydeman
Community Member
3 years ago

there is smoke coming from the fingers

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#22

Last Piece

Last Piece

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Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
3 years ago

The missing piece is out there. Someone may put it there for you or you will have to put it by yourself.

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#23

Open My Heart To You

Open My Heart To You

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AmberWolf
Community Member
3 years ago

Disgusting but I love it

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#24

Paint Your Wings

Paint Your Wings

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Harvey Tydeman
Community Member
3 years ago

well... if you don't have any, make your own

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#25

Golden

Golden

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Miriam L
Community Member
3 years ago

She looks so peaceful and beautiful... I want to hope she's the same girl from the higher-ranking depression photos, and that's she's finally found peace. I know anxiety rarely goes away completely, but even in the midst of it you can have joyful, serene moments, and eventually, it can fade and leave you feeling more like this with every little gift in life. It's not easy - medications and therapy and selfcare, repeat and rinse - but it's possible

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#26

What I've Seen

What I've Seen

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Sharon Sweeny-Karjalahti
Community Member
3 years ago

GIRL, KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOVED FOR YOUR SELF AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL ART WORK!

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