My anxiety monster would carry around needle and thread, they represent; sowing ones mouth eyes and ears closed, aka not being heard or seen, being ignored etc. After a especially traumatic experience, i sunk into anxiety and depression, being broken by someone i trusted and loved *sigh*
Thank you so much for making this. Today whenever I had a bad thought, I thought of him whispering to me and it helped me know that he's just trying to get to me. This little picture has helped me so much.
I have pretty bad social anxiety, so it's awesome to see that there are people who can make stuff like this and sort of make some humor/art out of it. Most people are super serious about it, so it's a relief
This is a very awesome, and might I say, very accurate project you are doing! I'm really impressed by the designs too, if I were to imagine these disorders as actual monsters, I'm sure these representations would be very plausible. I like the idea of Anxiety being a small little monster with sly persuasion, but anxiety does get to be quite more than a whisper at times. I think it would be rather appropriate if these little monsters sometimes banded together and became louder and more forceful, strength in numbers and all.
I love your work especially the series on mental disorders. You describe the symptoms perfectly and your art lets us look at these very serious disorders with humor and compassion. I am referring several of my friends to your blog. Keep up this amazing work!
Anxiety is really hard to deal with. He is a monster. Fairly accurate, actually. But a lot of the stuff I deal with is the work of a much bigger anxiety monster, not a little one who whispers in my ear.
Do you think there could be an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder monster coming up?
I agree, I think it could be a good idea to include the panic attack as a sort of massively imposing and powerful adult version of this. I have anxiety disorder but I dont find anxiety too hard to deal with. Panic attacks on the other hand where your body saturates itself with adrenaline and causes a very real and intense fear that cardiac arrest or some other lethal disaster is at hand, that's the most harrowing thing I've've experienced, and I've experienced a lot.
I've experienced things close to that, but nothing quite as full-blown. I'm guessing a giant version of this guy would work for both situations, but it would be nice to acknowledge the more intense reactions.
Quite fascinating creatures you've designed here, particularly this one is my favourite, the general craft and the style are impecable at least for what you are trying to convey with these monster designs.
Even though at first sight, if one is to account for all depictions of mental illnesses and conditions made in history since the dawn of civilization, this might not seem original, however, esencially almost all depictions aimed at portraying these conditions as monsters always had a religious approach to them, most of them symbolic, many others under the belief that they are actual demons tormenting and/or controling people, however your depictions here are actualy the oposite of faith-based thinking or even some forms of metaphysical thinking, these depictions are actualy practical symbols which do serve a purpose for people trying to objectify their problems in some form of a concept that is easier to understand than a simple diagnosis, the results given are, in consecuence, tremendously original.
I do like as well how you seem to have clasified these creatures somewhat based on the way we clasify mental disorders and conditions, as having them related with one another in an "evolutionary" sense, it realy feels as organized as the cosmology of a fictional universe like those in some comic books and their designs actualy portray those simmilarities, the most obvious being the simmilarities between the anxiety mosnter and the paranoia monster, coupled with a spiral feature that seems to be common to many of your drawings, many of them not having a thing to do with this particular project also give the sense that all of this is conected and one can feel how consistent these creatures are with the designs of the rest without missing the point, that of course in great part is due to the awesome style chosen for your drawings and your own talent.
I also like how expressive each of these creatures are, each depicting wonderfully their intentions or the actual conditions through their emotional state given by those well-crafted expressions and poses, those are great and it's no wonder, while considering those aspects, that your creatures have captured the atention of a considerable amount of people out there (heck I got to know your drawings thanks to a reference done in a Vsauce2 video, that's quite some atention) and also taking into consideration my first point about the previous religious depictions made before hand it is understandable why some people missunderstand your work and hate it due to the simple matter that previous religious depictions distracted from the real issues at hand in an academic viewpoint, however, as I stated earlier these ones are of a much more practical nature, as long as we don't actualy believe they are real I think they can help quite a lot.
As of this particular fellow, I think its design (which for me it is the best of the lot) is relatable to so many people both due to the amazing, both cute and freaky design and because of the fact that so many people are afflicted by anxiety, much more in the current state of western civilization where stress has a lot to do with it, one could even consider this little creature as the actual spirit of the time (Zeitgeist, which is german for "paradigm"-spirit of the time, generaly used in epistemology as part of Kuhn's theory of the paradigms, often missinterpreted by people in the Zeitgeist movement as relativistic) and it is TREMENDOUSLY easy to put anxiety into the context of the modern world characterising it as this creature, that might have been an unintentional result but either way it is a fascinating way to interpret the monster further beyond its original intent and it serves as a nice introduction to your collection of monsters. One can also see the influeces to this little creature in pop culture, Pokémon seems to be one of the obvious ones, especialy with this anxiety monster beign so much simmilar to cubone, and that coupled with the stories and creepypasta going around in the web makes the design even more freakish and spectacular to a good chunk of viewers.
Now about its mask, there are many possibilities, one being that it has no actual face like "the question" in which the question would be "is there anything we should worry about?" comming to understand each possible answer is dependant on the person, since this monster won't unmask we can only conjecture what is behind, however our only hope is to befriend it, that actualy means to be friends with the self and to somehow hope for the best, all varying from person to person.
Overall I have to congratulate you for these wonderful drawings and I say that the attention is totally well deserved. And, well... sorry for such long paragraphs to read but I think these things had to be said, expect shorter ones on the other monsters.