My prompts for these 2 drawings were Dinosaur and Computer. The dinosaur drawing was pretty straight-forward but the computer one revealed more about my autism than I am entirely comfortable with.
I always loved Dinosaurs, from when I was tiny. So drawing one was a real treat. I went for the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex. 90% of this was done with my Pigma Microns but I did add a little grey shading with my water brush pen just to give the shadows a bit more depth. Here’s the final drawing…
My next topic was “Computer”. At first I thought about an abstract drawing based on printed circuit boards but it didn’t really excite me. My next thought was of robots, which everyone knows, are as cool as dinosaurs. But then I began thinking about AI and cyber augmentation of the human body and Greg Egan’s ideas of digital copies of human brains so I spent most of my day metaphorically down that amazing rabbit hole and didn’t get any drawing done. (If anyone’s interested in Greg Egan‘s ideas about digitising human consciousness, then I would highly recommend his book Permutation City. It’s one of my favourite books of all time.)
In the end I made a quick sketch of a half-human half-robot person. It’s how I feel about myself really. The cyborg is crying because people keep punishing him when he’s only doing exactly what they programmed him to do in the first place. He is in a no-win situation. This is exactly what it feels like to have autism from my point of view.