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Autism Ambigram Tessellation by BatmanWithBunnyEars Autism Ambigram Tessellation by BatmanWithBunnyEars
About the drawing:

This ambigram tessellation is my version of the autism awareness puzzle. (The symbolism in the coloration and design of the original puzzle is explained here: [link]) The red and yellow lettering spells “AUTISM” one way, and the blue and green lettering spells it at a 180o angle. No matter which way the image is rotated, the right side up lettering appears convex, while the upside down lettering appears concave.

MS Paint, 896 x 554 pixels, 24 colors

The message:

Autism awareness is a good start, but simply being aware that there is such a thing isn’t enough. There are many misconceptions about autism, but for the sake of brevity, I will only discuss my most important point: Autism isn't entirely a negative thing.

I was medically diagnosed with Asperger’s, which is a high-functioning form of autism. My difficulty with recognizing social cues and responding accordingly, my constant compulsion to perform repetitive motions, my difficulty in keeping track of schedules, and other idiosyncrasies have given me a great deal of hardship in both the social and professional aspects of my life. However, my condition also liberates my mind. While social nuances elude me, more concrete and deterministic concepts like physics, calculus, geometry, and language, including distant and abstract concepts, come naturally.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you an inspirational article my Dad sent me about famous people who had autism: [link] These were brilliant scientists, artists, musicians, authors, and other gifted professionals. To consider them disabled because of their social challenges is like calling an NBA star disabled because he’s too tall to drive a compact car or a fighter jet. If you get down on yourself for having autism, remember this: “Autism” starts with “Au”, and that’s the chemical symbol for gold.


For a funny cartoon with the same message, check out Autism is not Retarded by *djcchs2004.

EDIT: Thanks so much to =nikki-ns for the suggestion and ^wdwparksgal the feature!
As a gesture of good faith and reciprocation, I'll try to visit everyone's gallery who favorites, comments, etc., which might take a while, depending on how popular this piece gets. Feel free to note me if I don't get around to you soon.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-10-12
HomestuckDude Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
That. Is. So. Damn. Awesome.
fightking Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This one hurts my brain, well done...
ChaoticPuffins Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whiteirislady Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist
That is so TRUE!
AliNavGo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014

Hi! I'm sorry to ask you this, but I wanted your permission to use your image for a presentation about Autism... it's for school, I promise I'm not getting any profit with it, I just want people to be aware of autism.
Of course I'm gonna credit you!

BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   General Artist
Sure thing!  I'm glad you like my art.
DeviousDude456 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
I'm autistic, and I love this!
CpmPanda Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
My daughter was just diagnosed with ASD, I'm doing everything I can to support her, go to her early intervention classes with her and I work at home now because she needs all my time. I am going to use this image on my facebook timeline if that is ok?  This is an amazing piece, this is beyond awesome.

Thank you so much!
NadjaGreen Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sethness Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Based on what you say, I wonder if ADD/ADHD is a form of autism? ADD/ADHD folks fit a lot of the things you've associated with autism: inability to prioritize & manage a time schedule, for example. In ADHD, emergency signals are drowned out: all the incoming messages to the brain are as though they were SHOUTED, at equal volume.

(I'm ADHD, by the way.)

ADHD is a social disaster but has its up side, too. It's nicknamed the "hunter" trait, because ADHDers are particularly good at finding things, noticing changes in the environment... basically the opposite of the ability to concentrate. It's also associated with overcompensating on concentration, being prone to addictive behavior, and higher intelligence. ...for what it's worth. :-)
sethness Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Yeeeow, this one hurts my eyes. Maybe this one should only be viewed with sunglasses on.

BTW, there's a good book out now about autism. It's an autobiography of a Japanese boy with autism: "The reason that I jump". Give it a look at your library...and keep up the good work, BWBE.
millylove1098 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me giggle. (I'm Autistic... and had have a weird sense of humor.)
myheroisapikachu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
:D thanks for putting this on hopefully people will know more, as you've pretty much explained it :)
HarmoniaMurasaki Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So many colors... You did a fantastic job with this.
TipToeDanger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is a very interesting piece! I like it.
Jayz428jt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty amazing!! i also have aspergers thanks for this awesome piece of work
hellmonkey2000 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
a great piece of art... worth a thousand words, a thousand beautiful inspiring informative words. Thank you.
Dsitt7 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist

Your piece has been placed in the "Digital 6-10" category with a rating of a 10. If you would like a full critique, please note the group with a link back to this piece.

Sorry for the delayed rating, we have had a recent change in management and now we have a big list of things to rate. Thank you for your patience! :D

TheOceanOwl Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome - but it hurts my eyes ;P ~
Z101rocks Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man! That's awesome. I just diagnosed my autism. lol :3
XxstrawberrycakexX Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
“Autism” starts with “Au”, and that’s the chemical symbol for gold."

Aww! Thats cute!
VimislikArt Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Commenting on behalf of #ProjectComment's Trade System.

Really great piece! Tessellations are very difficult, so this one kind of boggles my mind a bit. Great job with the research as well, I enjoy a well thought out piece.
Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! It is a beautiful picture of a very misunderstood disorder. Well done! (Thank you for this, people always see us as stupid we're not, we're different. which is another thing entirely *tips hat to you*)
Lisa-Art Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratz for the DD!

this art is really smart!!
Esko911 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOAH!!! This is awesome, great art from great inspiration.
bratqueen64 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
i like this. i have ausbergers myself so i know the feeling for some of what you say. what made it harder for me was also having a form of dyslexia called dysgraphia. it messes with the conections that go with hand writing and getting through writers block. by the way you don't have to visit my gallery unless you want to go through my favorites.
Draconasaurus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist

As a person with Asperger's myself, I like the message of Autism isn't entirely a negative thing.
I may be socially awkward, but everyone I meet is jealous of my math and observation skills. Also, the few friends I do have know how loyal I am.

This is a message everyone should see.
A-teinna Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011   Photographer
Hi dear member of :iconthefavouriteshowcase:,

your beautiful image has been featured in the november news article of the devious/colourful folders:[link]

Thanks for sharing :wave:
Don64738 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both fascinating and captivating. I have no idea how to go about constructing an ambigram. Very cool piece!
WritingxSQUIRRELxFTW Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
However much this may hurt my eyes with the brightness and the puzzle part of it... I love it :heart:

Amazing :)
XCute-Devil-AngelX Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
;v; Pretty colours hurt my eyes but. I like it.
13dawn13 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
This is soooo amazing! And MS paint? Wow~! It's fantastic and it has a great message, it must have taken a long time to complete!
Anyways, fantastic and this absolutely deserves every Favorite it gets!
NekoMimiStudios Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! I especially appreciate the message (I have Asperger's as well). You can't spell "autism" without "Au"!! :iconilavplz:
takara13 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bravo. Excellent piece and commentary. My youngest is Autistic, and I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't take the time to understand this condition. Autistic people are phenomenal. Thank you for sharing. :heart:
lucalima99 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
a m s i t u is words for art
samuelskanvis Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, very clever indeed! :D
dwillsn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol this deviation is not only informative but ADD approved!
StrawberryR Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3 [link] I made a stamp about Autism~
BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011   General Artist
StrawberryR Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NeonGlitterTrash Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
This is fantastic! Thank you for showing this to me, it is really nice to see something very different shown about Autism awareness.
The-Black-Wolf-Angel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally... I haven't seen anything like this in a while.

I just went to the Austim Speaks walk for my little brother Saturday. The condition is so hard to live with... especially for the parents. I can't imagine how their feelings have been. I also have Asperger's Syndrome as well (though apparently I'm very high functioning... I never could tell). I constantly try and keep up with the news of the research, because, in the end... I would love to see the day when a cure is found. Maybe I won't see the day. But I have faith that one day... it will come.

Thank you. :heart: This picture brings me hope that there are others who know, and wish to help educate people on autism.
MariaIla Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Wow! Excellent work!
CaryM Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student Photographer
aww congrats! saw it pretty late, but i am glad that it got one!
worldguide Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Stormblossom Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I would firstly like to thank you so much for the informative description.
It taught me a lot. Neither I nor anyone I am close to has any form of autism, so I was extremely ignorant on the subject.
I really appreciate you bringing this to my attention, and I feel that hopefully I will now be able to understand people with this condition a little bit better.
Great art, by the way.
*goes to :+fav:*
ThunderBlaze78 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! =)
KyashaKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011   General Artist
:clap: my brother has high functioning autism and he's super intelligent, he could do large math problems in his head while still in elementary wheras I, a normal kid in high school, needed a calculator!

Now that I am in college, one of my friends has Aspergers, and another has autism. The one with asperger's is actually a very sweet, intelligent, and extremely clever person but highly misunderstood due his struggle with facial and voice tonal cues. (I think my grammar was horrible right there but oh well...)

My other friend with some type of autism has been label as "stupid", and "retarded" by most of his family, teachers, and even the government to the point where his reading and comprehension level in college was that of a 5th grader...or worse. In the past 2 years I've know him and been working with him his reading and comprehension score has shot up incredulously to at least a high school level if not better. Just because he stammers and doesn't always understand what the heck is going on doesn't mean he's stupid.

*sorry for the rant but I really loved the concept and motive behind this piece.
Graystripe55 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I think I know how it works
inzanesonikku Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011   Photographer

i have the same EXACT condition that you've got
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