“Faces” – Scribbled Portraits Help to Raise Awareness for Dyslexia

Vince Low uses chaotic lines to create detailed portraits of famous dyslexics in an effort to inspire and bring awareness to the dyslexia disorder.

Vince Low uses chaotic lines to create detailed portraits of famous dyslexics in an effort to inspire and bring awareness to the dyslexia disorder.

Many of us, as children, scribbled on scraps of paper that our parents hung up as encouragement and motivation for us to eventually graduate to more refined mediums, but artist Vince Low has literally scribbled his way to professional acclaim with his unique collection of celebrity portraits.

Low calls the collection “Faces”—a project that began when, as head illustrator at Grey, he created three portraits depicting famous dyslexics. The work was part of a campaign launched to raise awareness for the disorder. The three portraits were of Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein and John Lennon.

Low, who is also dyslexic himself, became inspired by the campaign and decided to continue the concept as a personal project aiming at shedding even more light on dyslexia while inspiring those with the condition to rise above its stereotypes. Low had this to say of his work:

It all started with an advertising campaign for the Dyslexia Association of Malaysia. In Malaysia, most people are not aware of dyslexia at all. The fact that I am a dyslexic made the message stronger. It proved that anyone with dyslexia could be successful as well. In terms of art direction, I was looking for a certain style that could be easily understood yet difficult to execute.  My initial drawings met the brief and were accepted by my creative director but I was not satisfied. I tried again, this time experimenting with scribbles to draw a portrait of Kimbo Slice. My creative director loved it and all three of our dyslexic icons were subsequently re-illustrated using this style.

— Vince Low

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