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Drawing Autism

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The last decade has seen autism become a topic of conversation the world over. Knowing no racial, ethnic or social barriers, today the complex neurological disorder is diagnosed in one in every 150 children, with boys four times more likely to be autistic than girls. Known as a spectrum disorder, autism manifests itself differently in every diagnosis. From social deficits ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 15th 2009 by Mark Batty Publisher (first published 2009)
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Drawing Autism is a collection of art created by people who are on the autism spectrum. For some of the artists, art is the only way of communicating their experiences as a person with autism. But whether the art is highly sophisticated, emotionally powerful, playful, technically amazing or naive, the cumulative experience of this book is astonishing. There is an introduction by Temple Grandin describing how drawing became her entry into what became her very successful career and the book is the ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
I loved Drawing with Autism by Jill Mullin. What drew me to it was my brother who is several autistic drew wonderful pictures of trains as a child. He is very detailed minded and loves colors. So without even opening the book I knew that I was in for a treat.

Opening this book, I was delighted to find Temple Grandin wrote the first opening essay. She describes herself as visually oriented. She struggled with algebra but excelled at geometry just like me. Now I think I know why I am always excited
David Schaafsma
Apr 26, 2014 David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autism, art
See Ellie's review below, which seems complete, but this is a really beautiful book for a number if reasons: lovely art from people on the spectrum, an intro by Temple Grandin, and a sense you get that people with autism, who are often not very verbal (or not verbal at all, like my 17 year old son Sammy) can be richly perceptive, sensitive, thoughtful, insightful human beings, with great artistic (and a range of cognitive/affective) capacities.How do a variety of people on the spectrum see the w ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The methods of art can give you a real appreciation for the depth of emotion and intellectual sophistication of those on the Autistic spectrum that often isn't appreciated. The piece I liked the most, a star scape, was done by a low-functioning person from India who it is said to be dedicated with purpose in getting his work right. In this way, the obsessive interests serve an advantage. Two other pieces I liked similar: drawings of different types of items. The first were crops harvested, the s ...more
Drawing Autism showcases the artistic talents of individuals with autism spectrum disorder while giving perspective on how these artists relate to the world around them. Temple Grandin has written the forward which is a perfect introduction and sets the tone for the rest of the book. Author Jill Mullin, a behavior analyst with a clinical background in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), divided the selected works into themes. Her goal was to provide an overview of the autism spectrum while celebrat ...more
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In a big three-drawer file cabinet, I have two heavily bulging hanging folders full of my brother's drawings. At least four of my sisters have similar collections. He used to send drawings along with his letters, and the envelopes came stuffed to bursting. We all knew that his unique perspective was reflected in his artwork.

The objects in my brother's drawings are often transparent, and often seen from above, and they generally treat the same subjects, especially tree-trimming trucks. Being a tr
Jenny Earnest
Mar 08, 2014 Jenny Earnest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite quotes about choosing books comes from Tony Reinke's "Lit!" in which he writes, "For every one book that you choose to read, you must ignore ten thousand other books simply because you don't have the time (or money!)." I always keep that sentiment in mind when I'm selecting books to read, and I can honestly say that this book, Drawing Autism, is definitely worth the investment of both your time and money. I think it is so important to make an effort to understand one other, an ...more
Hannah Givens
Jul 22, 2014 Hannah Givens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
As with any art book, some of the art spoke to me and some of it didn't, but the book is well-put-together. There's a variety of art styles, subjects, and media. Some of it seems purely expressive, and some of it is complex photorealistic art. One of my favorites is a 3D computer rendering of a tightrope-rolling violin machine thing, but really quite a lot of the pieces are worth taking some time over. They provided each artist with a series of questions they could answer, and I thought the exce ...more
Apr 18, 2015 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Art fans
Recommended to Darlene by: FirstReads
I received my book from FirstReads in the mail today: Feb 27, 2014 It is a very exciting looking book. I can hardly wait to sit and actually pour over the drawings and descriptions!

And here it is April 18, 2015. What took me so long? Why isn't this a 5 star rating? FONT! If it were for the artwork and the inspiration I felt from them it would be worth 10 stars! But it took me months to get through the reading part. I just couldn't read the tiny faded gray font. There are a couple pages at the b
Elliot Chalom
First, to get one thing out of the way - this is a really once collection of artwork, made all the more impressive by the fact every piece in the book was done by someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That's why I liked it, and that's why it gets 3 stars.

Here's why it gets only 3 stars: ASD is a spectrum disorder which, according to the DSM-5, includes Asperger's Syndrome. I don't know what percentage of the artists featured in this collection have Asperger's (vs. any other form of autism
Mar 27, 2014 Lesli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting collection of art and interviews. I found the majority of the pieces astonishing and exceptional. The interview answers seem so classic ASD -- I have an Autistic family member -- I couldn't help but grin fondly. The foreward, introduction, and biographies of the artists help inform the reader; but I think it also may influence readers unduly.

**This was an advanced reader copy won through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.**
Mar 03, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so excited to have won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. giveaway. My son has mild autism and loves to draw. I plan on showing him this book in the future to give him inspiration to draw his own masterpieces. I received this book today and started it tonight. The pieces I have read so far are truly inspiring.
Jun 19, 2015 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both enlightening and beautiful. This book moved me in powerful ways. Artwork and artists, both honest and real. I love and appreciate the wide scope of the work--see bios and thanks. This will go on my "to buy" list. Lovely!
Crystal Johnson
Mar 24, 2014 Crystal Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, autism
A huge range of art and artists (from low functioning to non-verbal to aspergers). I work with a young man with ASD who'sobsession is also birds, so the front cover really grabbed my attention.

What the artists had to say or share about their work is very interesting. One artist that stood out for me was the one who made graphic collages/pictures out of construction paper. It look like it was made with a computer!

I love peeking into the autistic mind and highly recommend it to others.
Bob Minnick
Dec 31, 2014 Bob Minnick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this is a very good book. The book illustrates the creativity of people living on the Autism spectrum. The works are very expressive. There is also commentary by some of the artists and their family members. But the works by the artists speak volumes.
Jun 19, 2014 fleegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Great book. The artwork was fantastic. I enjoyed the artists' statements as well. The whole thing was fascinating. I would love to see a new volume of this every year.
Jul 15, 2014 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Drawing Autism" by Jill Mullin is an interesting book. It's a collection of art pieces by various individuals with some level of autism. Through this book Mullin is able to show how these individuals are able to communicate and express themselves through their ability to draw. It's fascinating in that it opens one's eyes to different ways of communicating. Visually it's a journey worth taking.
Deborah Replogle
Jul 09, 2014 Deborah Replogle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
I received this book as part of Library Thing's Early Reviewers Free Giveaway, and I thank them greatfully for this glimpse.

This is an absolutely stunning collection of art. Stunning not in the way of incredibly beautiful or popular representation, but in the way it hits one in the gut. Viewing the artworks and reading the artists' response to questions is just such a revealing truth. Perhaps they see more clearly. I actually underlined comments as I progressed through the book. There is nothing
Fred Rose
Looking at the world through the eyes of people who see the world differently is always good.
Jayson Clark
Mar 06, 2014 Jayson Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had the opportunity to spend this weekend enjoying this great book. Someone close tome is also Dx with Autism and he too is amazing with his art ability. So i also spent time enjoying the book with him also.
Jun 26, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is a collection of artwork by artists, famous and not, who are on the autism spectrum. By organizing the book into sections of themes and including interviews with the artists, the editor sheds additional light on the inner worlds of people with autism. A beautiful book, and some of the artwork is stunning.
Lisa Mockus
Mar 29, 2014 Lisa Mockus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drawing Autism is a beautiful book of art that has the potential to open people's eyes to the intelligence and talent of those on the Autism Spectrum. A beautiful book.
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