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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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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 Mar 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much. :)
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MaiFreakyDarling 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 May 26, 2010  Student Filmographer
Exactly. That's what inspired this. :)
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puestodelsol 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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:iconshnitzelkiller:
shouldn't it be "effect"?
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Otacon144 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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:iconshnitzelkiller:
That blew my mind.
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Otacon144 Jan 6, 2009  Student Filmographer
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:iconnihart:
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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