Drawing Autism

Drawing Autism is an incredible collection of artwork by people diagnosed with autism, from teenage amateurs to established artists. 

Unlike many of the books featured on 50 Watts, this one is in print. You should buy it (Mark Batty link / Amazon link).
This post features a small selection of images from the book.


Donna Williams, The Outsider


Publisher’s description:

Drawing Autism celebrates the artistry and self-expression found in the drawings, paintings and collages created by individuals diagnosed with autism. The work of over 50 international contributors exhibits unique perspectives on how these individuals see the world and their places in it.

Author Jill Mullin, a behavior analyst and educator, has assembled a staggering array of work from established artists like Gregory Blackstock, Jessica Park and Ping Lian Yeak to the unknown but no less talented. Their creations, coupled with artist interviews, comprise a fascinating and compelling book that makes visual how autism manifests differently in every diagnosis.

Mullin’s introduction and the foreword by best-selling author Temple Grandin provide an overview of autism and advocate for nurturing the talents, artistic and otherwise, of autistic individuals.


Felix: Imaginary City Map, Age 11


Eleni Michael, Dancing with the Dog, 1995


Wout Devolder, Werewolf (2008, at age 14)


Charles D. Topping: The Death of Love #373: Desiccated Love, 2009


Josh Peddle, Changing Seasons, 2006 (at age 12)


Jessica Park: The Mark Twain House with the Diamond Eclipse and Venus, 1999


Vehdas Rangan: A. (India)


Shawn Belanger, Stone House, 2007


David Barth, Vogels (“Birds” in Dutch), 2008 (at age 10)


D. J. Svoboda, Big Field Friends


Emily L. Williams, Leap Years


Emily L. Williams, They Take Away Your Razors, Your Shoelaces, & Your Belt


Milda Bandzaite, War in Vietnam, 2008


Wil C. Kerner, Pals (collage), age 12


Eric Chen, Mirror Mind poster 3, 2005


Source: Drawing Autism – 50 Watts

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)


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