20+ Illustrations With Deep Meanings Created By An Artist Struggling With Depression

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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01. Depression

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02. Forever Is Over

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03. Grow Again

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04. She’s Broken

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05. Friends Set You Free

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06. Anxiety

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07. Depth

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08. Trust

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09. I’m Fine

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10. If Tears Left Scars…

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11. I’m Complicated

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12. Trapped By School

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13. Bulletproof

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14. Imprint

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15. One Of Us Can Be Free…

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16. Warpaint

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17. Sew Closed My Soul

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18. Not Alone

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19. All Wrong

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20. Lose Yourself In Me

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21. Broken Window To The Soul

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22. Last Piece

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23. Open My Heart To You

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24. Paint Your Wings

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25. Golden

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26. What I’ve Seen

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Author: MMK

Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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