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Autism Awareness by Saiyajin-hime Autism Awareness by Saiyajin-hime
I wanted to submit something relating to Autism Awareness Month.

This was an idea that came from two sources of inspiration: The first being the saying, "I'm not a can of soup, don't label me". I decided to turn that saying into something positive and drew the Autism symbol with wings on a can of soup to show that no matter what, we are fighters and can rise above challenges and hardships, both in life and society. :)

I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, a mild form of Autism, at the age of five. It normally doesn't show expect in certain social situations and reading certain facial expressions; I've gotten better at it, but I still "feel" my Aspergers there. It was difficult growing up because most adults and kids didn't know much about Autism, so to them I was considered weird. As someone on the spectrum, I know what it's like to be labeled and the hurt and prejudice that comes with it. I began to look at the positives of my condition after checking out this website. It has many resources that I found interesting, including a list of famous people on the spectrum.

Check it out: [link]

The second source of inspiration came from Breaking Benjamin's (awesome band! :w00t:) lyrics to I will Not Bow

:music:I will not bow, I will not break
I will shut the world away
I will not fall, I will not fade
I will take your breath away
:music:

So true. :nod:

I hope this reaches out as a positive message to anyone on the spectrum, or anyone who knows someone on it. You are not alone.

I will Not Bow lyrics Breaking Benjamin
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Fireproofwitches Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I love the lace, the way you colored it, and the saying I've never heard before is, like you said in your description: SO TRUE.
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it :aww:
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NatariSaru Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That is a very wonderful explanation. Ironically, I used to be a lefty too, but my school (which was a normal-ed school) forced me to write with my right, so I've been a righty since 2 grade.
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!

My mom's sister is also a lefty, and when she was in grade school the teachers would smack the student's hand with a ruler if they were caught writing with their left hand. So my grandma had to go down to the school and tell the teacher to allow my aunt to continue writing with her dominate hand, and from that moment on they allowed her to use her left hand.

I had regular classes as well and none of my teachers had qualms with me using my left hand. It still had a few disadvantages, though (such as no left handed utensils available). Wouldn't it be nice if everything were made ambidextrous?
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NatariSaru Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know why schools always try to change autistics, it's as if we're unacceptable to them. Even special schools treat autistics as well as other special children horribly.

When I was 5, I attended a school called AMCAC, but there were really mean to me there. I remember one time, I refused to eat a cheese sandwich, and a really ugly, mean old woman teacher shoved it down my throat really hard. Why can't they treat normal people like that and let them know how it feels to be hurt like that?
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I think it's because some people prefer ignorance over understanding. :shrug:

Personally, I believe that normal is nothing more than a setting on the washer.
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AliceSacco Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Curious, i've understood you where left handed just watching the drawing.
Anyway i understand what you said. I've been diagnosed with ADS when i was 3 and later when i was 11. And i'm fully italian, i live in Italy where autism is not well known, especially when is high funcioning.
About facial expressions, somethimes it seems to me people are inexpressive, for this i prefer to look at the fake expressions of comic book or videogames (like the sims)
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That's interesting you can tell what a person's dominate hand is by looking at the drawing, and you're right - I'm a lefty.

And I understand how you feel about facial expressions, especially when people would say one thing to me, yet they meant the opposite, cause I used to take what was being SAID literally. Like you, it was through cartoons, comics/manga and video games where I first learned how to read them as well as body language; I also learned how to differentiate figural and literal meanings through these. And they say cartoons never teach you anything useful =P
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Insaneymaney Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice job
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Insaneymaney Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
mhm (:
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student Photographer
I really like the design. :nod:
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Student Photographer
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Elveanna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! I'm coming from #Traditional-Artists with all the feedback you got for this piece in our Critique Night!
Please keep in mind that all of it is only the opinion of one person and might differ from yours.
So, here you go:

:bulletgreen: By *Feidhelm:
"The message and the idea behind the drawing are very deep, and also very well thought of. I like the originality. However, I do not like the execution. I don't think that colored pencils are the best media for this type of work, they left too many white areas (small ones, but visibe nonetheless) and the strokes are not pleasing to the eye. I suggest trying watercolors or, if you find it easier, markers :nod:"

:bulletgreen: By *LeahJay:
"Oop! Okay! First off I love the feeling, the cause - I'm an Aspie and my daughter is also. Also the soup can reminds me of Warhol - clever!
Technically (I always get technical so be warned) the cylinder is a good shape to work with. Look at cylinders in life, use a can as a still life study. Light it from one side (or just notice where the window or screen door is) and draw it with a pencil first. You'll get the feel of a cylinder right away! Another thing is contour drawing - draw the lines "around" the surface of the can and you'll end up with a stack of circles. Great to study this. What I would do to depict a can with a logo on it, is i'd literally take a can from the cupboard, rip the label off, trace the label on some white paper and cut it out. Then I'd draw the logo on the paper and reattach to the can. Then I'd draw it from life or take a picture. I'm really big on reference from life.
Lastly your color choice is good, I like the bright gold against the puzzle. I recognized the Autism Ribbon immediately. Great work! Keep up your study!"

:bulletgreen: By ~DarthHoney
"The inspiration has so many wonderful thoughts, indeed. And there is some very nice attentions to details, for example on the lid. But I must suggest some more practise on drawing circles/cans in perspective, as suggested earlier :P And more shadows to have the feeling of a round object. This looks rather flat."

:bulletgreen: By *Zenica204
"When I was growing up, one of my best friends was a diagnosed aspie. I remember his mother trying her best to teach him with love even before that. Back then, we didn't really know what to call it. He was always known as the "bouncing off the walls" kid, loved to jump on and over anything in sight, he had difficulty paying attention. Other children teased him and it made me feel very bad.
That said, I believe your ideas are similar to mine, I was always the one to stand up for him. I didn't judge him or label him, but I was given the label as being his friend. Looking at your work for purely aesthetic reasons, I think it really needs more shading around the can, even though the symbol runs around it, I don't automatically think round. I also wonder where your light source is coming from. This piece is technically an illustration, but there is no definitive shade cast around or under the can. Also, when using pencils, sometimes its helpful to blend more than one color in a piece. Even just a slightly darker tone on either side would do this work a lot of good.
> To be honest, this feels like more of a sketch rather than a finished piece. I would give it a lot more work in the future. Your ideas are great, but like a teacher once told me, your skill level needs work to match your mind. Don't be discouraged at this though, trust me, it is worth the extra hard work."

:bulletgreen: By ~Inuyasha4ever123
"I must say that I love the idea of this artwork, and actually I think that using pencil for it is also a good idea. But as other has said, more shadows wouldn't hurt. There you could be using different shades of colors, because if a can is orange, it isn't always just orange, sometimes it can be a little more red or a little more yellow. The coloring looks a little uneven though, and coloring in circles, small circles, with a sharp pencil would help on that part. (I always forget that myself). Besides that, I love the details in the wings and in the ribbon, but I must admit that the drawing looks a little empty without anything at all in the background. But that's a manner of taste. Overall, I really love the drawing and idea."

I hope you find some helpful things! :hug:

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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate all of your helpful feedback on this :hug: :heart:
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ACW-IV Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As the parent of an Autistic child, I can really appreciate what it took for you to create this. Thanks and keep it up!
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Aww thank you very much for your comment :thanks:

I'll definitely keep it up!
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ACW-IV Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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ChatonRose Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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Eleonora79 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
My little kid was diagnosed with some of autism in this days.. I dont understand so well...

Nice job :)
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:

That's okay, and feel free to ask me any questions you may have on Autism.

I'm very glad that you like it. :)
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Eleonora79 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Thanks to you!!!

For the moment i dont have questions... only a little bit of worried...
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
No problem :aww:

My mom was worried about me too when I was first diagnosed, but we've managed once she saw me prove a lot of people wrong when they kept saying I had no chance of succeeding. It even brought the two of us closer so in a sense I think it worked out for the better.
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Eleonora79 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Yeap... I think that people like you and my little son, have many good expectatives... But the another people scared me with their prejudices... But, well.. I'll try to do my best....

Thanks a lot :hug:
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Yep, we're just wired differently. :nod: Many autistic individuals do become successful in life, we just need to be given a chance.

Prejudice is an immature thing, no matter what the circumstance. From what it sounds like, you seem like a good mother and I'm sure your son will be thankful for what you're doing for him. :hug:
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Eleonora79 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
I agree.. Prejudice is an immature thing no matter what the circumstance.

Thanks a lot! :D :hug: You make feel better about it...
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
:nod:

No problem :hug:
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Swamnanthas Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow I really really love this work!

It's so inspirational and I really adore the two sources of inspiration. I love the first one, I think it's such a deep and true phrase.

And the song is so amazing! (love Breaking Benjamin x3)

Lovely job :clap:
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:

I agree: that phrase is very true. If there's one thing I'm tired of, it's projections of Autism that do harm instead of good. So I wanted to create something that spreads awareness in a way that is, hopefully, anything but negative and this came to mind. :)

I'm very glad that you like it.

Breaking Benjamin = Win! :headbang:
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Swamnanthas Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :hug:

So very true.
And yes, it's a lovely idea :)

xD agreed!! xD
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