face blindness


I’ve mentioned before that I have a really hard time telling people apart. Hollywood really does not make things easy for me. 

Usually I can only keep track of the kind of huge, obvious many details that you’d find on a super exaggerated cartoon made by somebody who can’t actually draw– hair color, skin tone, maybe an iconic article of clothing, or a very large and prominent scar. When it’s exaggerated enough, I can use body language. I have a lot easier time with actors who would be considered Hollywood’s version of ugly (overweight, broken nose, strange-looking face, etc) –usually because they have distinct enough features that I can latch on to. 

I don’t completely lack the ability to remember faces– I don’t usually have a problem after I’ve developed an emotional attachment to a person/character– which is why I can actually tell Castiel from Columbo, and Lucifer from Nathan from Hook. It can be really hard to get to that point, though, if I can’t tell if I’m looking at one character or six. 

It’s not just Hollywood casting, either. When I first started my most recent job, I got super awkward around two of my coworkers because they were both petite blonde college-age girls with long hair, and I had no idea which one I was talking to even when the other one was standing right next to me. Now that I know them both fairly well, they look absolutely nothing alike. 

A lot of my ability to identify people is context based, too. For a while, I was able to identify a friend in the lunchroom because she was the only blonde who sat at our table, but I couldn’t recognize her in the halls until we became better friends. I wouldn’t have any problem identifying Lucifer in his own show, but I’ve had several moments where I see an untagged gifset where I have to look super close to be able to distinguish who I’m looking at. It doesn’t always work, though. Notably, I once saw a picture and got really confused about why Daniel Radcliff was hanging out with the Supernatural actors. It took maybe two full minutes of confused staring to realize I was looking at Osric Chau. 

hopefuldespair898  asked:

You are infinite, resplendent beauty, tucked tenderly into a finite space. Radiant splendor shines from you lovely face, blinding to wretched eyes such as these.

Wow, you are too sweet for words…other than thank you so much for the loveliness sent my way! <3

matt murdock is the only person allowed to use the line ‘justice is blind’

writerbryce  asked:

So you mentioned a few times in different places you have partial face blinds and thats why your faces have a certain similar quality to all of them. It's an interesting thing for a cartoonist to have. You seem to handle it super well. I get a bit annoyed when people mention something negative in the comments about the faces. I honestly think the way you draw faces is charming and interesting. Your whole style is unique and I love it a lot. Just another comment from me ^u^ Keep up the good work!

Awww, thank you! 💖

Yeah, it is a weird problem to have to deal with as a comic artist, for sure! I made a short explanation of how it basically works for a Q&A once, after a ton of people complained or made fun of the way I drew people with their teeth clenched:

This is something my brain does involuntarily - I can’t help it. I have no issue recognising people I know when I meet them - it’s just picturing their face in my mind when I’m not looking right at them that’s the problem, and how to reproduce it when I draw. And this happens no matter how familiar I am with a person’s face - like my mother. If I close my eyes and try to imagine her face, I can picture her individual features, but they’re disconnected from each other, and refuse to come together as a coherent whole.

Like, she can be right in front of me - if I close my eyes, the facial feature-scramble happens.

It’s a bit like dyslexia, except for faces. All the letters are there, but sometimes they change places or turn upside down or backwards.


He still cute in the first photo #loveisblind
I feel like he was in cheetah girls as a backup dancer tho . #sorrynotsorry

anonymous asked:

So I've been wondering if I struggle from a form of face blindness. When I'm trying to picture what someone looks like in my head, it's very hard. If you show me a picture of someone, I recognize them with struggle, unless it's someone I'm very close to or used to seeing.

Hey! There is a word for face blindness; prosopagnosia. There are a few different types but one in particular, developmental prosopagnosia, is seemingly more common in people with certain developmental conditions, including Autism. There also seems to be some genetic basis for it and you might find you have a family member who also struggles.

With prosopagnosia, as well as trouble recognising faces you might also struggle to differentiate between faces, recall faces (as you report), draw faces and recognise people outside of their usual environment (for example, if you’re used to seeing a teacher or colleague at school/work, you might be able to recognise them until you see them in an unfamiliar environment, say by bumping into them whilst shopping). 

The way that most people deal with this is by using other aspects of a person to aid their recognition, such as their voice, clothing or haircut, though obviously this becomes difficult if they then cut their hair or switch styles.

There are several different online tests for prosopagnosia, and whilst they are by no means authoritative or diagnostic, you might find it helpful to see if you do experience some face blindness.

- Joey

More foreign translations for HUTU!

I love the Portuguese and Norwegian covers of Holding Up the Universe! And the titles, which translate to, respectively, something along the lines of The Universe in Your Eyes and Because You See Me. So lovely! <3




What is Prosopagnosia? What is it like to be “faceblind”? How many people have prosopagnosia? Is Prosopagnosia more common in autistic people? How can I accommodate someone who is faceblind? Answers to all of these questions and more in this episode of Ask an Autistic!

You know, I just thought of something.
What if Raven has “Face Blindness,” it is said she doesn’t look into mirrors because her reflection reminds her of her mother.
One of the symptoms of Face Blindness is the lack of recognizing your own reflection.

>Raven has to guess from other details who she’s talking to any time one of her friends changes their looks. Fortunately, most are distinct enough this isn’t a huge deal (Maddie’s pretty unmistakable even without a face to see) but if Blondie and Apple both changed their look for the day Raven waits for one to speak to figure out which is which to avoid guessing.
>Maddie is aware of Raven’s situation, although Raven’s asked her not to tell people. Still, no one finds it out of character that Maddie seems to feel compelled to loudly announce her presence and who’s with her whenever she and a group of others are showing Raven new outfits or hairstyles; just Maddie being mad, right?

Have you ever had that weird feeling that comes with failing to recognize someone you’ve known all your life? Maybe it’s a friend you haven’t seen in six months who’s lost 70 pounds since you last saw them, or your doctor turning up at the grocery store in a Hawaiian shirt and a week of vacation-beard stubble. It’s almost like they’re in disguise.

Now imagine this is your experience with every single person you know – including your own family, spouse, and best friend. Constantly having to squint and say, “Bobby? Is that you?” That’s what life is like with prosopagnosia, aka “face-blindness,” an often hereditary condition that results in an inability to recognize faces. We sat down with someone who has this, and it turns out it’s even weirder than you’d expect…

I Can’t See Faces: 5 Weird Facts About My Life