I will pray for your cousin. I want to thank you for doing this. I so rarely get to see non sexualized black females. I have a hard time in fandom because I feel like in the future and in the past I didn't exist. Between movies and sci-fi and anime, I am a super rarity and at that always expendable and pointless. I doubt you wanted this deep of a reaction but I had to share with you that for today you are my hero.
Thank you for taking the time to share your feelings. One of the reasons I make art is that I hope it will benefit others. I am happy to say that my cousin returned home to be with her family a couple days ago. She's still not completely recovered but I'm sure it won't be long now till she is.
That is awesome that she is home and improving! Your art is awesome and it is benefiting others! Do you do any collabs? I am and have been looking for an illustrator for many projects. I would have to pay you either based upon profits or a fixed rate per piece. I have had ideas for a while now on some items that I think would do well and have little to no competition for... but they are work intensive and require a team instead of just me and I am not an artist. You know how manga looks in Japan, the one color at a time newsprint phone book sized books? I wanted to do something like that but educational... Where it would have a section of math and math problems and a quiz sheet to mail in for a prize and many many other things.. if you are interested in being involved please let me know. I want to make this happen but I am not an island. Think about it. Let me know.
Best of luck to your cousin, and may she recover quickly. <3 She looks like a lovely wee girl! This is a lovely painting - the style reminds me of the brothers Hildebrandt. If I saw a book with this on the front I'd snatch it up to read all about this lady knight's epic adventures. She looks amazing! All the best of luck to you, your cousin and all your family!