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Prisoner to My Own Mind by abigailsouthworth Prisoner to My Own Mind by abigailsouthworth
Created in Adobe Illustrator using the pen and brush tools.

You can also buy a print of this artwork at my Etsy site here: www.etsy.com/listing/199786651…

All proceeds from this artwork will be donated to the National Autism Association. You can find more details on this at my website at abigailsouthworth.com/?p=222

This artwork was inspired by a very special friend who's struggled with asperger syndrome.

Rather than try to explain myself, I'll let her explain her experience in her own words:

"I live every day, sometimes feeling like I am a prisoner in my own mind. But I have a lot of comfort given to me by knowing that many of these flaws in my personality aren’t because I’m a terrible person. It’s because I am a person with a disorder that I have to work to overcome. It’s something that means I can stop beating myself up about not being able to change some of these things… but maybe I can learn how to work around them. [...]

It means you are special.

You have more to overcome than the average person, you have talents for things that other people don’t.

You might not be able to look them in the eye, but that doesn’t mean you can’t love someone just as deeply as they can love you, if not deeper and with a loyalty so fierce it overlooks flaws."

Many thanks to Jo for being the inspiration and champion of this artwork throughout the whole process.

EDIT: Thank you for all your support! I'll try and get back to everyone, though it may take a few days. Also, I've added a print right here on deviantArt for those of you who aren't fans of Society6. :)

NEW EDIT: Thank you so much to :iconparanoia61193: :iconkida-neechan: and :iconthelasthuzzah: for the recommendations, and :iconvangellj: for featuring this artwork as a Daily Deviation. I can't express how much this means to me. I'm just glad the word is getting out about the experience of those Aspergers (and Autism Spectrum in general.) Thank you :hug:
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Prisoner to My Own Mind by *gailsouthworth is beautifully done with a poignant message. Also suggested by ~Kida-neechan and ^TheLastHuzzah. ( Suggested by ParaNoia61193 and Featured by VAngelLJ )
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Auua-Ytjoml Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this a lot
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alephand Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Excellent work! thanks for posting it
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atnates Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it. Could I have your permission to use this image with my blog post manxhypnosis.com/using-hypnosi… I would of course give you credit and a link back to your profile.
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abigailsouthworth Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! As long as it's not used for printing purposes/for profit and you credit back. Thanks!
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atnates Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate that thank you. Here is how it looks now manxhypnosis.com/using-hypnosi…
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Spukitu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
that's so cool! I love the hair-bars :D
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leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent work
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Emanpris Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Remarkable!Well done!
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niteenautade Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazinggggggggg piece of art.Loved it.
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Sabbelbina Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're featured: [link]
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
This is beautiful :heart: I love the colours - especially the small additions of bright pink/blue that really make this stand out.
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NaiVianne Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
:heart: :heart: :heart:
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bobshmit13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Writer
I love the artwork, although I don't have any form of autism or asperger, I do have an anxiety disorder and I can really relate to this.
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abigailsouthworth Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can understand that, definitely. I'm glad you feel you can relate to this, though I'm also sorry you feel that way as well. :hug:
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bobshmit13 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Writer
Well, not always, but it happens from time to time. I've learned to deal with my disorder a lot better over the years.
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BelleIllumina Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE DD!!!
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Briel74 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I love it!
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ChristinneBlacker Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love it. I feel like that sometimes...
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SMAdams Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:clap: Wonderfully done and captured.

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MoRiAnGeL Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was actually going to do something like this in art class when I was in high school. It was going to be a sculpture though. However, my art teacher rejected the idea because it wasn't "realistic" Can you believe that?
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abigailsouthworth Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's ridiculous. You should feel free to draw/sculpt/etc. anything that tickles your fancy. You should go for it! :)
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FerrerTriple0 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In my experience, art teachers can be real douches.
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ChristinneBlacker Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
I agree with FerrerTriple0! Some of them are failed artists and take it out on their pupils.
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VonEyEzine Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that about sums it up!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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Lovz2Draw Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
AMZING JOB!!
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18o5 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely done, beautiful artwork and lovely message! <5
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LadyKenshin Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Very beautiful and well executed! :)
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WesleyBlakeReese Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Beautiful!~
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IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome work. Very creative ^^
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Light-Arya Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing that on dA. You totally deserves the DD :heart: :)
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vivalanat Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
congrats on the DD gail :D
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abigailsouthworth Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Santo-Skirata Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Very nice, and cool :D.
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icecream234 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
a beautiful message and the understanding and kindness of a friend is a beautiful thing.. i feel the same way your friend feels
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abigailsouthworth Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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icecream234 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you welcome!
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FellitoRockero Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
The mind is something, but the person is any world. One should'n lead her/his life only on standards or it'll become boring someday, no matter how fast or slow.
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Cuti-chan Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just... awesome :heart:
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raymexl3000 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
I love it!!!
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LightningAssassin Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
i have Asperger's
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Song-Wolf-Farm Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a few autistic friends, one who has asbergers, and I have depression. The world is a colorful place:) Maybe I should use my Depression art piece as awareness and for fundraising help:)
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abigailsouthworth Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is a colorful place! :)
I think that's a great idea. For myself, I feel any way I can use my artwork to further something I believe in is important. If that's something you feel like doing, I encourage you 100%. Let me know if you decide to do that and I can signal boost.
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Faustelle Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Ohmygosh! I could never have hoped we'd get a DD on this! THANK YOU EVERYONE!
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Love the image, very pleasing to look at, great color choices and depth. Before I clicked on the thumbnail in the DD section I related to what the image was showing, and then read the details. I totally relate to what your friend is saying. I've worked the same things out in myself, by myself, since nobody ever told me I was aspie or helped me understand what I had. A deep state of confusion, paranoia, and frustration occur when you know your different but can't figure out why or even explain it to other people until your in your 20's. Only recently through mindful meditation and deep self analysis over the past couple years have I started to work through and understand my symptoms and solve them, and this image portrays that feeling of being trapped so well.
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abigailsouthworth Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you for sharing your story. It means a lot to me that you were able to connect with this on that level. As someone with a disability, I can definitely understand that struggle. It takes a lot of self-awareness to understand your triggers and symptoms, and make a plan to handle them. Kudos to you, and I hope things go well :)
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Faustelle Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
I was actually diagnosed in December of 2012, I was 22. It's been a helluva road trying to get to a place where I can really improve my own behavior and peace of mind. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the picture. :)
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katagro Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Artist
IN ILLISTRATOR?! :O gosh... respect!
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abigailsouthworth Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Illustrator is my best buddy lately, lol. :)
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