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11:21 PM, Thursday August 24th 2023

I'm glad there was no offense, but sorry to hear your life's getting rougher. I would encourage you look to God for strength and guidance by reading the Bible (listening to what God has said) and praying (talking to God). He does care; God can use hard times to lead us to Him.

Thank you so much Nathan for your support in these moments of weakness. I really appreciate it.

I'm still pushing with all my strength, trying to finish DaB course by the end of the year. I'm a bit stuck with this lesson 5 so I managed to spend some time with some 50% rule drawings. Stepping out of my confort zone and trying to draw from reference complex images or trying new styles like anime (which I never considered tbh).

Have you ever considered doing collaborations with other artists? I've had the interest for a while, but I don't know any professional / committed artists.

Never thought of it since I don't consider my drawings to have much personality or style to even collaborate with someone. The more I learn the more I realize how far I am from the point of consider myself even an "amateur" artist.

Negative thoughts aside! You should really go for it if you didn't already. The professional artists I know I only have been able to speak a word or two to them. I suggest you try to find people in DaB official discord server. There are lots of different type of artists, from professionals to wannabes (such as myself haha) and even if you don't find the people you are looking for, it would be a great starting point.

Wishing you the best as always and apologising again for the "delayed" answer.

3:20 AM, Saturday September 2nd 2023

Hi Rhyldur,

I'm glad you're still trucking on. As we discussed, I got on the Finishing Train as I stepped away from DAB and I'm enjoying the ride . . . or is it a marathon XD. I just began my own art collaboration in the form of a sketchbook. I have made the only contribution so far, but I will soon be passing it on to another artist to add to it: Follow My Lead.

Never thought of it since I don't consider my drawings to have much personality or style to even collaborate with someone. The more I learn the more I realize how far I am from the point of consider myself even an "amateur" artist.

From what I've seen of your work you have a lot to offer; you have much room to grow and so do I. Style is the result of our process and the natural tendencies we develop as we create and grow. An authentic drawing is (probably) as unique as your fingerprint. Would you (yes YOU) at least consider making a contribution to the collab at some point? I could try to mail the book to wherever you are in the world. You're the only artist I connected with consistently on DAB and would love for you to be a part of this collab.

I never joined Discord, but thanks for the suggestion.

5:12 PM, Monday October 2nd 2023

Here I am, a month after. I was able to finish lesson 5 and spend my credits yesterday before they would expire today. I think I'll try to keep on and start the 250 cylinders challenge.

From what I've seen of your work you have a lot to offer; you have much room to grow and so do I.

I consider this as a great compliment. Thank you.

Would you (yes YOU) at least consider making a contribution to the collab at some point?

I would like to make a digital contribution if you want, since right now I'm more into digital art than I am with traditional. I don't recommend you to send anything this way, it would be such a pain for both of us, but I am grateful for the offer anyway.

5:13 PM, Tuesday October 10th 2023

I was able to finish lesson 5

Way to go, Rhyldur.

I would like to make a digital contribution

Thank you for accepting my invitation. Yes, you can contribute digitally; but please wait till the current artist is finished and I update the online record; the current artist may also pass the book to another artist before I get it back. I'll reach out to you when the book is available for you to contribute. Here is the book introduction. Would you be willing to provide any public contact info for the record if other artists want to get in touch?

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