Wednesday, 4 December 2013


Ricardo Frederiks, a 19 year old student from Heerlen, asked me to make a front for a book he is going to publish: "Een te grote pot voor een Asperger".
To be translated as: "a far too large jar for an asperger".
The book describes the life of a boy with the Asperger syndrome, a form of autistic behaviour.
Even though it's not strictly autobiographic, he has the syndrome himself, so he drew from experience.

He was very precise about what he wanted me to draw: the jar without lid, the shadowlike persons, the dark and stark urban buildings. He explained that he feels like being in a jar, and the rest of the world is behind the glass.
And it's not that he feels locked in or confided, but more like curious how life is outside that jar, without wanting to be there.

The only request I could not provide was drawing him much smaller, as a tiny person in that jar.
In that case I would have been unable to give him that expression of "feeling at ease", looking outside curiously (at least that's what I tried).

The page is how it will look like more or less, the graphic design is still on the way.


Michael Lukyniuk said...

A wonderful experience - interpreting the ideas of a client into a piece of art. Keep up the great work.

Rene Fijten said...

Thanks Michael, it was a challenge to try and try to figure out another way of thinking.

Rodney van den Beemd said...

Mooi Rene, zowel de tekening zelf als de manier waarop je het onderwerp hebt verbeeld!

Rene Fijten said...

Dank je Rodney!