He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Toby Allen's Real Monsters

Posted by Charley Parker at 1:38 pm

Toby Allen's Real Monsters
Illustrator and concept artist Toby Allen created a series of monster illustrations, in which he attempted to interpret and give physical presence to the invisible “Real Monsters” of mental illnesses like anxiety, schizophrenia, avoidant personality disorder and others.

Response to the series was such that Allen is revising and expanding the series, casting it as a kind of field guide. Though the illustrations and descriptions have a whimsical cast, there is genuine empathy in the interpretations of the frightening real monsters some have to deal with on a daily basis.

You can see his original take on the idea here, and the revised series, which is still being expanded, here.

You can also find more of Allen’s work in illustration and character design on his Tumblog, and the archives, as well as a portfolio on Cargo Collective.

Some of his projects include interpretations of classic fairy tales, along with other, more traditional kinds of monsters.

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  1. Comment by David J Teter
    Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    The monsters, very fun (if that’s not too inappropriate to say) and what a great idea. I also like that he puts those little watercolor drips, blobs and (cup) rings in the background. It works surprising well against the graphic approach and brighter colors.

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