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Real Monsters Reboot- Anxiety by ZestyDoesThings Real Monsters Reboot- Anxiety by ZestyDoesThings
The Real Monsters are reborn! I have rebooted my Real Monsters work to incorporate more disorders and better, more well considered designs and descriptions.
You can follow everything Real Monster related at my blog- zestydoesthings.tumblr.com/

Prints available here- society6.com/TobyAllen

DO NOT repost my artwork ANYWHERE else. Please re-blog my orginal post on Tumblr and source back to my blog wherever you can. zestydoesthings.tumblr.com/pos…
All work (c) Toby Allen 2013
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CartoonsandMonsters Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even though I don't have anxiety disorder, I, like, ALWAYS worry! Maybe it's this little monster telling me to worry! Like how cute you made it!
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Animaltoon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
I've got a pet Anxiety monster, and I'm trying to tame it and train it so it knows when to simmer down.
This is a very nice picture!
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logophiliac Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you don't mind too much, but as a bit of a challenge I've drawn a sort of Anxiety monster. ^^; They're just too cute.
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OneEyeUmbreon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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* 
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DRUGSXx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
 PUKE  Beautiful work!  Could I possibly make a character that looks sort of like this?
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ZombieTeeger Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist
I really love your anxiety monster. I want to get him as a tattoo. Would that be ok with you? I don't want to use your art without your permission.
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Zuorai Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Is it okay if I make a character that is an Anxiety monster?
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah!
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Milotic6312 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist
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.
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment! Im glad the it helps you feel better =)
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Milotic6312 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem! You are a very good person for making these.
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Milotic6312 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I am serious. I made this out of sculpey/polymer clay to bring around with me, but right now I'm too lazy to bring up the toaster from my basement.Big Fool Emoji-18 (Really) [V2] 
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Milotic6312 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I can relate so much... I love it!
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BiscuitoSauce Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
This is so adorable!!! :iconluvluvplz: Is it all digital?

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 :happybounce:
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes, apart from the background which was made with stained paper and a coffee mug. The writing is also handdrawn. =)
Im glad you like them! And im glad you can see the humor in them too. =)

Thanks!
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fearmemortal Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
As a person who has an anxiety disorder, Is it wrong of me to say this is adorable? I just wanna hug it!
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Not at all, Im happy that people can appreciate the work especially those that have the conditions. (I have anxiety too btw)
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CheerySoundNinRoren Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love its design!
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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sealand40041 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that under it, the mask I mean, it would look like a cat...?
Could be wrong but
it kinda reminds me of the evil version of the 
Cheshire cat
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ive never given it a thought. I imagined that it would never take its mask off, or even that the mask is its face- actually part of the monster?
I think the stripes give it a very cheshire cat feel don't they? =)
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sealand40041 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed and the ears are kinda Cat like
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
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.
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
Thats a great idea, and accurate. I have anxiety so I know how overwhelming it can be sometimes =)
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Pokemusic Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Skull reminds me of Cubone c:
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes, sometimes Pokemon seeps into my work. I cant help it!
=)
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Shian-selene Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Mine, sigh
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Skunk0626 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
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!
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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This is exactly how I feel. I tend to think of my anxiety like a devilish anime character who fights me in another world. Sorta like Black Rock Shooter.
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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?
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Inchpunch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
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.
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bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
Im working on an OCD right now!
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bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome.
I can't wait to see him.
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LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
I love all of these designs! They are so cute, and the descriptions are super accurate. Seems that a lot of thought went into these, a wonderful idea well executed!!
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
I put a lot of work into these and they are defo paying off!
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Filteredwords Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Writer
Awesome job! i love the concept:)
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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NoNa008 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soo cute, i love this little monster!!!!!!
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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SkitzOpheliac Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So far, this is my favorite monster. It is cute but like what is told in the statement, very annoying.
Although I still LOVE it's outcome! >u< Will you be doing more of this? :3
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
It my favorite too, I have anxiety. =)

There will be at least 16 more monsters!
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Grashcoy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
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.
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MemeMODEL Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student Photographer
love this !!! 
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creatureofoctober Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Would you allow someone to base a tattoo concept on this little guy?
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yep! Go ahead! =)
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VelVelWolf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Found these randomly on tumblr and I gotta say, I really like 'em. I can relate to this one especially. Great work!
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ZestyDoesThings Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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