I have been drawing for quite a long time, but recently since letting all my masks down and not suppressing parts of my autism I have begun to struggle with observation skills.
I see so much detail and it comes in all at the same "volume" and all the time. It has become so distracting that I can't break things down into basic shapes and shadows to build the first steps of my drawings. It is hard to also see the object as an overall thing, I get stuck on the details within in it. It is so overwhelming that I just stare at my paper get really anxious and then give up.
I have tried things like grid drawing - perhaps my grid squares are too large?
I realise being able to see the detail is a good thing, but is there any methods anyone has worked out to get around it when it is too much. Harness it in a positive way as it were?
I know some of it will be practice but I am going round in circles (actually mostly shading spheres at the moment).
not an artist myself, but autist...how much is realistic representation important to you? Your eye for detail is interesting... how about a representation of a tiny detail or the mass of shifting shapes that don’t want to be captured.
below is a link to the Aspie art collection at the Saatchi gallery
Thanks for replying. I'm not going for photorealism but not really into creating extremely abstract pieces. Some of the pieces in the gallery look interesting!