Mind-Monsters 2

More Mind-Monsters revealed. They’re everywhere.Phase 1: “Ink-Storm” (5 minutes)
Actually just a quick, abstract ink-painting inspired by the thoughts of my mind.

Phase 2: “lurking beneath the surface” (20 minutes)
Next, I looked at the abtract painting some days after creating it and I started to see creatures in it. So I took a ballpoint pen and started to kinda “accentuate” some of them.

Phase 3: “exploding” (10 minutes)
Then I scanned it and added colours with Photoshop.

and here they are…some more mind-monsters.

Phase 2 und 3 are equal. Phase 3 is not the “end result”.

I’ve drawn eleven of those abstract ink-paitings. In the next days and weeks I’ll show monsters hiding in there.
I’m not going to give those works own, individual titles – I let them speak for themselves instead.

Previous Mind-Monsters.


  1. I nearly prefer the 2 in black and white, I don’t know why, but purple monsters scare me less x)

    1. Author

      haha x) even though purple is often used (in comics/…) as color for the evil guys ?8D
      Anyway, the Mind-Monsters aren’t meant to be scary/…, they just are. You know what I mean?

  2. Never seen purple evil, even in comics, usually it’s black, red, there was also blue in the middle ages (it’s a funny story: around the XIIIth century the blue became fashionable, instead of the red BUT in middle ages the profession of dyer was very strictly regulated (well, like all profession) and you could be usually dyer of only one colour, so you had the corporation of yellow dyers, the corporation of blue dyers, of red dyer usw. So the red dyers saw their profits fall in favour of blue dyers, so they paid artists to paint blue devils everywhere, hopping that people will then assimilate the blue to evil and stop wearing this colour x) -and I’m totally off-topic again XD)

    Yeah, like the fishes of the deep sea, nobody love them because they look scary but it’s not their fault, they deserve more hugs x)

  3. I don’t know most of those characters, as they’re from US-comics and manga. I’m more in French (Jacques Martin, Nicolas Jarry, Uderzo/Goscinny) and Belgian (Hergé, Franquin) comics.

    Yeah, but not only for the colours, there was also limitations of what one could dye, so you had for example the red wool dyer, the red flax dyer, etc.
    Sometime it’s not strictly one colour but more a group of close colours, for example blue/black/green or red/yellow but you’ll never find someone dying at the same time blue and red, because they’re too opposite.
    And you have then moreover the distinction between the dyers who make common product (färber) and the ones who make luxury products (schönfärber). (I love medieval work’s regulation =D)

    All those rules existed for both cultural (mixing and especially mixing colours was very badly seen) and technical (red and yellow require very hard mordanting, while blue not, so it’s not the same dying techniques) reasons.

    The weavers couldn’t also dye themselves their products, it was totally forbidden. All the medieval rules about works were mainly totally the contrary of today’s liberalism, but it was not only aimed to protect the workers, it protected the customers too because only the ones who have been apprentice, then companion, then master in a profession could practises it, so the customer was guaranteed to buy something made by skilled craftsman.

    1. Author

      If I were a dyer back then in middle-age I’d be really annoyed with all those rules, but I guess as customer it’s really cool.

      Thanks for the information c: Did you learn that during your art-history-studies ?

  4. Not directly, it’s through books. In France we’re lucky to have one of the best historian of symbolic (especially medieval): Michel Pastoureau. He has made books about heraldic, animals, colours…and all I’ve read so far are very good and very well written (it’s not always the case with academic.
    His has written a series about colours in which there is already books about black, blue and green. In German there’s only the books about blue (and with translation I’m never sure it’s really the same as original, you know sometimes they change things in it and it’s less good): http://www.amazon.de/Blau-Die-Geschichte-einer-Farbe/dp/3803127181/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453394180&sr=1-1&keywords=michel+pastoureau
    In German you’ve also his book about he bear which is excellent http://www.amazon.de/B%C3%A4r-Geschichte-eines-gest%C3%BCrzten-K%C3%B6nigs/dp/393906209X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453394180&sr=1-3&keywords=michel+pastoureau

    Maybe you could find them at the library (in Wien it’s sure they’ll have it).
    The easiest thing though would be to learn French to have all his books in original language =p

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