Crossposted at Ellie Castellanos.com/Mama's Blog
Ellie’s sense of perspective, artistically speaking, has always been very good. From a young age, she could draw two airplanes and you could tell that one was farther from you than the other. I can’t draw worth a damn, so this ability has always been kind of wondrous to me.
I like to keep an eye on where Ellie gets her inspiration from. What catches her eye and why? From time to time I post “What Ellie finds interesting”, which is one of my favorite features, as the information comes straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Ellie is always taking photos of various things as we’re out and about, and I get a kick out of seeing what caught her attention. It gives me a little insight into how her mind works.
So when I saw these two illustrations on her ipad, I had to look at them for a minute to figure out what they were.
So I thought that was pretty cool that she picked a small detail like the faucet out of the photo and drew her own interpretation of it, but I’d like to look at the illustrations again a little more carefully. After looking at the first one again:
The next one was a little trickier. It almost looks like the faucet is facing the wrong direction, as the water is behind it. For a minute I thought, “Oh, well, I guess Ellie’s sense of perspective isn’t infallable.” but that would be stupid of me, because Ellie’s sense of perspective IS infallable!!
Look at it again:
Look again at the photo that inspired Ellie to begin with and see if you can figure it out more quickly than I did.
She’s able to extrapolate all that and make these amazing drawings, all because she liked the look of that faucet, which most people wouldn’t even notice in that photo.
And they call her intellectually disabled. Uh-huh. Sure she is.
As an additional note, all my dreams have come true. I found a program in LA called Exceptional Minds Studio that teaches software suites like Adobe and Photoshop to autistic teens and adults. We have our first two week workshop in July.