An artist who portrayed an autistic girl by drawing rainbow coloured thoughts coming from her head says he was touched when he heard his idea had been made into a tattoo by the mother of another autistic girl.
Mexican artist Bernardo Fernandez, who wrote and illustrated the graphic novel ‘Habla Maria’ (‘Speak Maria’) about a young autistic girl, praised parents Christopher Reyes and Elisa Duran for using one of his designs for a tattoo to pay tribute to their autistic daughter.
The book design, which Elisa had tattooed on her left arm, shows a young imaginative girl with rainbow-coloured thoughts coming out of her opened head.
The message underneath reads: “My daughter’s little head is a complicated universe and a mystery for me.”
In response to Elisa using his illustration for her touching tattoo, Bernardo wrote: “I have received the biggest honour an illustrator could ever get. A married couple, parents of an autistic girl, get a tattoo done with one of my drawings. I have no words, I am touched. Thanks Elisa.”
According to reports, ‘Speak Maria’ is about two characters called Bef and Maria.
Bef explains what it is like to be a loved one of a child with autism, while Maria talks “with the beauty of an unknown musical instrument” to express the thoughts of an autistic youngster.
Netizen ‘Jfgweb’ said: “I love this image. My son has autism and there is not a day goes by where I don’t wonder what he is thinking about.”
Bernardo explained that he wrote ‘Speak Maria’ for his autistic daughter and her daily challenges as a 10-year-old with the condition.