Thanks for the friend request! I use this, it's an online drawing program that Blade showed me. The digitally colored picture came out really well, actually. I'm not good at coloring at all, so I can't help you.
From your mouth to God's ears, man. If there's any way to help children with Autism live functioning and rewarding lives, I'm all about it. And it's even better to know that other people, like you, support the cause.
I've actually never frequented any drawing programs until recently. The picture of TTar, Mence, Chomp, etc. is the first piece I've ever colored digitally. What program do you use? Cause I downloaded a cracked version of OpenCanvas4.5 not to long ago.. but... I'm not too good at all this stuff and I want something that can do it for me. ;o; In all honesty, I'd rather hire someone who can color my art for me. It's so time consuming and I'm not a good judge of lighting so I don't know how to place shadows correctly on a computer and all that jazz. So, hell, if you're good at coloring or know anyone who is I'd be happy to pawn my problems off. :D
Haha, it's fine lol. That was a pretty interesting read about the article, maybe the yo-yo research will give way to more insight on Autism and how to counteract it. And thanks! Honestly, the program I used just made the cool lines x), I'm not some super caligraphy artist, xD. You could probably make great drawings using it, as well.
Well, I wish I could say that this has been published. But unfortunately this is something that occurs on a case by case basis, you know? Every child is different, so what works for one may not necessarily work for another. However, based on what Dave has done and experienced at the school his kid attends, the premise of this study basically works like this:
A child with Autism experiences the world in a completely different way than you and I. Yoyoing serves as a way to pacify the mind. The repetitive, "up and down" motion of a responsive yoyo makes it possible for, in Dave's child's case, him to take in more information. His kid is able to yoyo while he's in school, so with the numbing of all those "internal stressers", he's able to better take in "external stimuli" such as learning. That's why he's been able to keep up with his grade. It's kind of like... chewing gum during a test so you have something else to focus on, you know?
Dave has done this with multiple children in the school systems in his area with profound effects. However, this whole thing is still in its infancy and it would be naive to think that it will work for every Autistic kid. But, for whom it does work, there have been staggering and radical benefits.
And OMG I love your art! I really like how simple and clean it is. It's like you're really using the space around and within your drawing to your advantage. Very innocent and cute looking too. :3 I especially love Drifloon. That's just adorable. Your lines look a lot like calligraphy, were they done on your computer? Or did you use ink? Every line looks so deliberate.. but the drawings as a whole are just so cute. There's an awful lot of talent behind those little sketches of yours, whether intentional or not! :D
That was really touching, hopefully this charity event can be a success. Do you know exactly why yo-yoing has the effect it does on autistic children? That's a really interesting discovery and one I haven't heard before and I'll try and find the time to watch The Life Aquatic. I'm p bad at art, but if you want to see my art, go look in my blog and read the entry titled "KarpArt".
The only qualification to become a member of Eli Hops for Hope is to care. Nowadays it seems like everyone knows, or is related to, someone who has Autism. The director of the charity has a two year old Autistic son. After extensive research, studies have shown that these children, who are severely crippled by their handicap, are able to live high functioning lives because of yoyoing. Because of the work he's done, this man's son is learning with his age group. Which is a beautiful and amazing feat. So now we're organizing a charity event in Danvers, Massachusetts on August 14 for people to get together under the umbrella of Autism and yoyoing. If you'd like to get in touch with the charity organizer, Dave is his name, you can leave a message on the charity's Facebook page here.
Thank you for expressing interest.. you have no idea how much it means to all of us. Dave is a really great guy who's trying to make a difference against staggering odds. So your support is more that appreciated.
But anyway, here's one picture of a yoyo holster and here's another! It's the string that's wrapped around the yoyo itself. It hooks to your belt loop (or any other object) then tightens around the yoyo with a little toggle. It's a really simple set up. All the holsters are made out of 100% polyester used yoyo strings. That's kind of a beauty of it, my boyfriend and I have been hailed as "recycleist inventors" for, more or less, making knots. ;P
And yes, you should watch that movie. I', pretty sure it came out in 2004 with limited theatrical releases. This is what IMDb says about it, but if you ask me it's worth way more than a 7.2 (that being said, I think everyone says that about their favorite movie so... ;x) Oh, and if you like David Bowie, you're pretty much guaranteed to love The Life Aquatic.
But anyway, I'm rambling on. You should totally post some of your art! I'd love to see it! :D
Haha, no problem, you're much better than I am. The Eli Hops thing seems like a p neat idea, are there certain requirements that you need to fulfill to become a part of it? Also, what are holsters? And I apologize for not knowing for Team Zissou, perhaps I will watch the movie in the future, since the trailer looks p funny. When did this movie first come out?
Awww, you have no idea how flattering that is. ^o^ I never had somewhere to post my art, so I figured, why not here?
Lemme explain then! :D I'm a part of a charity called "Eli Hops for Hope". Here you can find out what an "Eli Hop" is. The whole point of the charity revolves around the idea that yoyoing pacifies autistic children. I'm going to be selling yoyo holsters along side of some of the most esteemed yoyoers of this decade. It's a great honor and I'm proud to be a part of it. Hence, why it's become a big part of my little shtick on PC. :P
Second, it is blasphemy that you haven't heard of Team Zissou. It's a reference to a movie called, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou". Bill Murray, Jeff Goldbloom, and Owen Wilson are in it. Personally, it's my favorite movie. It's kind of a.. Jacques Cousteau parody but with a lot of depth and really artfully executed. Here's the movie trailer. You pretty much have to see it now.