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Man's blue sketches of blue characters are raising autism awareness

One man is helping to raise autism awareness (and Lighting It Up Blue!) in a unique way: through sharing "blue" sketches on social media. Bob Renzas, an illustrator, has been sketching one character per day — everything from Doctor Who, to Stitch (from Lilo and Stitch), to Gonzo the muppet — and sharing them on Twitter for Autism Awareness Month. Read his story below. 

My eight-year-old son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has come a long way in the over 5 years since he has been diagnosed. He is graduating from private speech and OT this month and I am very proud of him.

He was diagnosed ASD just after his 3rd birthday. He shortly began private speech and OT therapy and then Early Childhood Education. He's high functioning, used to be audio sensitive, did lots of stimming, as well as "W" sitting. He no longer needs headphones to go to theaters or loud crowded places; nor does he stim or need a fiddle object any more.

His current challenges are more social, but he is brilliant in school; particularly math and reading and he has a keen interest in science (astronomy, Earth science and weather). He is a great kid with a silly side. He's a loving big brother and the best son a daddy could hope for.

This month, in his honor for Autism Awareness Month, and as a challenge for myself, I decided to do a sketch a day in blue pencil of a blue (or blue adjacent) character. All very rough. Not to raise money or anything, but hopefully some awareness and just to do it. At any rate, my son and daughter seem tickled by the sketches and my son has given me the title "Best Artist in the World". 

I can't assume that title professionally, but I have worked in traditional animation on shorts and commercials as well as everything from graphic design to comics. Currently I am an Illustrator and Product Designer for Precious Moments. 


See the rest of Bob's blue sketches on Twitter.

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