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Inappropriate Affect by Otacon144 Inappropriate Affect by Otacon144
This was inspired by the film "Mozart and the Whale," a wonderful film about people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. I highly recommend it.

One of the more recognizable symptoms of AS (out of a slew of them) is the difficulty or inability of the person effected to discern facial expressions, or to connect them with their intended meaning, for others, and/or for the person themselves. They might smile when they're angry, or frown when they're happy. This is sometimes called "Inappropriate Affect."

I've had this image floating around in my head for some time now, and I thought it would also be good practice with Corel Painter X. I might actually turn it into a painting someday, but for now, this will do.

Done in Corel Painter X - 1 Hour
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AndSoWeCreate Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
As someone who is very interested in the rights and education of people with Autism. I love the movie and I love this work! Thumbs up!
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much. :)
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MaiFreakyDarling Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember in the movie when that woman was smiling and she said "I'm sad." XD
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Student Filmographer
Exactly. That's what inspired this. :)
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puestodelsol Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this is a brilliant piece of work! it has been featured in a news article about addiction and disorders here... [link] thank you for this!
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ShnitzelKiller Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
shouldn't it be "effect"?
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Student Filmographer
Actually, no.

According to Merriam-Webster...

Main Entry:
1af·fect
Pronunciation:
\ˈa-ˌfekt\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin affectus, from afficere
Date:
14th century

1(obsolete) : feeling , affection
2: the conscious subjective aspect of an emotion considered apart from bodily changes ; also : a set of observable manifestations of a subjectively experienced emotion < patients…showed perfectly normal reactions and affects — Oliver Sacks>

tl;dr, someone's affect refers to their body language and facial expressions.
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ShnitzelKiller Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
That blew my mind.
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Student Filmographer
:iconimhappyplz:
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Nihart Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
hehe I laughed in class when i was getting in trouble and i got in more trouble all because i just kept smiling. i love having Asperger's tho. (yay! Aspie!)
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Student Filmographer
:XD:
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puestodelsol Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
i want to use this in a journal feature/article i'm doing on mental disorders.

do you give me permission to use this? if yes i need you to let me know what type of disease/disorder you would consider this.

Thanks!!! :D

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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Student Filmographer
Of course, as long as you give due credit, and get me a few more pageviews. :D

This was done as a perspective on Asperger's Syndrome and Autism.
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puestodelsol Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
credit's all yours!

thanks! :)
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entropy-order Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
It has a great effect as art but must be very difficult to live with.
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KonceptQueen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know your post is old, but anyways... My husband and people often think I'm upset because I don't smile often, when I should. After a while of them nagging you about it, then you do get a REASON to be upset. LOL
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Student Filmographer
It can be very trying, yes. My childhood was both awkward and painful because of it.

I started drawing things as a way to try and understand them. That's why so many of my drawings are of people.
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entropy-order Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
At least you have found something that helps a little. This would make a very good T-shirt!
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The-Fan-Artist Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
^I agree completely with Entropy. :3

But it when I hear about differen't syndroms, I start thinkin, because my dad thought that I might have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (it sure seems like it, with how deicated I am to my oral health x.x), and said it sometimes seemed like I had Tourette Syndrome because of the odd and random noises I'd make.

And someone thought I had ADD because I kept switching between topics of conversation, but it's because I think of so many things at once and feel the need to get them out at the same time.
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KiloVega Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
I have AS myself and that would explain my confusion. I learned what a smile and a frown is awhile ago (since they don't come naturally to me) but I still have issues. I seem to be able to only regonise is someone is frowning or smiling so I might think someone is sad when their mad, and I sometimes have trouble with voice or someone is yelling at me when their not, and sometimes my friend things I am tired or "being rude" when I am answering the phone, etc. I also have problems showing the right emotions at times as well, as well as I can, to what someone told me, have "odd body language" (which I can't recognise it in the first place).

So the "Inappropriate Affect" is something I deal with ALLOT, especially with my friend every now and then.
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Student Filmographer
It's tough, isn't it? I myself had to learn what everyone else seemed to know naturally; facial expressions and tones of voice especially. I still have problems picking up on sarcasm at times.

It's good to know there are other people in the same situation. :)
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KiloVega Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Yea, it is >_<, and I eventually learned myself, especially from my friend. But I still have problems recognizing jokes and sarcasm myself, so I sometimes get offended by jokes >_<.
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Student Filmographer
Well, we shall endure! Thanks very much for commenting!
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KiloVega Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
You're welcome ^-^.
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mausmouse Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
That really sounds interesting. I'm gonna look that Aspergers Syndrome up. I like the effect the handwritten words give on the black. I know nothing about design, but I think it makes a big difference that you added the period at the end too. It kind of makes me sad in a way too...(mausmouse=deep freak).

p.s. i must needs your painterX
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Student Filmographer
I got it in a package from a website that sells software to students at my college. :D I have NO clue how some of those people can get such amazing works out of it, though.
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Strong-Rad Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Pure paradox. Reminds me of Sai quite a bit. I think you should put it on a T-shirt. :nod:
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Student Filmographer
Maybe... just maybe... :)
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SeeHangArt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
This is interesting. I like the concept. Very neat.
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Student Filmographer
I'm glad you do. Thanks. :)
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