I took a look at your work from the link you have in the art forum about custom portraits and really liked what I saw. I really liked your ink and grayscale works. You have a fan and I'm mulling over what I want to purchase. 

aristophanes:

Thanks much! It means a lot! If you're interested in some of my art, I also have some other pieces for sale that aren't listed online yet that I can send photos for.

thephonynpayne:

Absolutely, that'd be great.

Thanks for the support, it's very much appreciated! I am considering looking for a job where I can work from home, or something like that. Thanks again for the support, how have you been doing lately? Any plans to visit Edinburgh this year?

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themainman:

That's great that you're doing art experiments, if you run out of room you could consider putting some of your work on Etsy. That would make some money for you. As per my situation, you're correct. The pain is in cycles now rather than constant like before, it's depression and anxiety issues that are a problem now. I can't cope in busy places anymore and I'm no good at dealing with people. I even struggle to maintain a conversation with friends and family for more than a few minutes. It's like my confidence is at an all-time low (I had zero confidence before, and now it's sub zero).

aristophanes:

You might want to keep an eye out for a book called Tongue-Fu, by Sam Horn. I found it a really useful book for dealing with people. I'd almost recommend How To Win Friends and Influence People, but only with the warning that it's actually rather bad for doing either of the things its title implies; it really should be called "How To Make Yourself More Agreeable" or something like that. Can be useful if the trouble is coming from your side. 

This woman is amazingly intelligent and beautiful. It has been my great honor to work with her and I hope to again in the near future.