I made something totally different for a change. Not long ago I saw a video of master penman Jake Weidmann. There are actually 12 master penmen all over the world. They are all masters at handwriting and calligraphy. After watching the video I was very inspired to try something with calligraphy myself, because many people tell me that my handwriting looks so neat. This is the result. It’s 18 x 24 inch. The words ‘Never Give Up’ mean a lot to me. No matter how difficult things get, you should Never Give Up!
Besides making photorealistic pencil drawings I also make videos in which i share my experiences as a person with classic autism. My goal of these videos is to teach people about autism from the perspective of a person on the inside. I explain how things work in an autistic mind and give advice about how a more autism-friendly situation can be created. My passion is to build a bridge in between the autistic and neurotypical worlds, and to be a voice for non-verbal people with autism.
Now I have published a video about how autism effects my art. In this video I share more about the process of making a coloured pencil drawing of my little feathered friend Pilaf, who’s also registered as my therapy/help animal.
I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
How Autism Effects My Art
The last few weeks I have been working on a new drawing. This time a coloured pencil drawing of my sweet little feathered friend Pilaf. I do not work with coloured pencil very often so it was quite a new challenge for me. But I also had lots of fun with it. Pilaf and I are already together for 16 years, and he’s actually registered as my help/therapy animal. He has helped me a lot with challenges I face as a person with classic autism.
Prints of my drawing are available on Fine Art America in many different kinds and sizes. Even though my drawing is very special to me, it’s my little feathered friend after all, I might also consider selling the original.
There are people who think of my autism as a handicap, or an illness. And they say I need to get well. I don’t see it like that. My brain is just wired differently. There are things which are very difficult for me, and even things which I can’t do because I have autism. But there are definitely also things which I wouldn’t be able to do if I didn’t have autism.
While I was working on the tree drawing which I just finished, my little feathered friend kept me company the whole time. He always likes to sleep in my hand. It’s of course not that handy to only have one hand free with drawing, but his warm company and the feeling of his tiny heart beating in my hand is totally worth it.
Here’s my sweet little feathered friend sleeping in my hand again, while I’m working on my tree pen drawing.
Here’s my little feathered friend Pilaf, looking at the first beautiful spring flowers here in Montreal