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.

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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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#6 Anxiety

Anxiety

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Jenni Ester 1 year 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 1 year ago

Goodness this is deep :'(

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#8 Trust

Trust

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Shinomi Chan 1 year 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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#9 I'm Fine

I'm Fine

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Lianna Valdez 1 year ago

My everyday face.

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#10 If Tears Left Scars...

If Tears Left Scars...

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Roald Andresen 1 year ago

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

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#11 I'm Complicated

I'm Complicated

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Lucina Sandoval-Gordon 1 year ago

I love this one!

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#12 Trapped By School

Trapped By School

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Shinomi Chan 1 year 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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1 year ago

The broken wall looks like wings :)

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#14 Imprint

Imprint

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Vela Lightle 1 year 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 1 year ago

Her eyes are pleading for something more...

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#16 Warpaint

Warpaint

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Ana Fuentes 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Lol clever

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#21 Broken Window To The Soul

Broken Window To The Soul

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Harvey Tydeman 1 year ago

there is smoke coming from the fingers

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#22 Last Piece

Last Piece

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Isabel Tamayo 1 year 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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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

I can hide nothing from you 💕

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#24 Paint Your Wings

Paint Your Wings

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Harvey Tydeman 1 year ago

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

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#25 Golden

Golden

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Flinkie 1 year ago

*this fills you with determination*

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#26 What I've Seen

What I've Seen

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Sharon Sweeny-Karjalahti 1 year ago

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

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