In 2010 I made a five-month trip from Sydney to Beijing. During my travels, I met so many great artists and designers that I knew that as soon as I returned home to Germany illustration would be my new path.

I worked on watercolor drawings and portraits, but something was missing and it would take me months to find my personal style. I was looking for a fast and bold way to bring the images and thoughts out of my head.

So I started a series of illustrations called "Mindshots" inspired by my daily life. The title was born from the ideas that often pop out while working, talking, watching a movie, hanging out with friends or while being bored in the doctor's waiting room. Some are socially critical, while others are just plain ridiculous.

My very first Mindshot creation was a bird wearing an oxygen mask. I had this image in my mind for months after visiting these huge cities with intense smog on my trip. After a few years, dozens of illustrations and positive feedback on my Instagram, I decided to make a book that included my 50 best Mindshots.

Last year I visited a book fair in Frankfurt with a rough draft of the book in my bag and now I am happy to say it is available on Amazon. Hope you enjoy!

More info: Instagram | amazon.com | maivisto.de | Behance

#1

Love: On – Brain: Off

Love: On – Brain: Off

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Jaguarundi
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3 years ago

Every.Damn.Time.

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#2

Let's Leave

Let's Leave

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Abe
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3 years ago

if only this exixts

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#3

Can't Say No

Can't Say No

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Abe
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3 years ago

thtas me

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#4

R.I.P.

R.I.P.

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Night Owl
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3 years ago (edited)

Yes, there's no real privacy with a working smartphone

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#5

Exploitation

Exploitation

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Spinaap
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3 years ago

time is running out

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#6

Pessimism

Pessimism

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Jessica Parkos
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3 years ago

This one really resonates with me.

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#7

Stock Market Manipulation

Stock Market Manipulation

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JMQ
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3 years ago

Corporate lies and business pyramids

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#8

Exploitation Of Labour

Exploitation Of Labour

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Accurate. People being used up so someone else can profit.

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Self-Isolation

Self-Isolation

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Abe
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3 years ago

peace at last

Hendra Lim
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2 years ago

a good thing for introvert

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
3 years ago

This one does not seem too accurate. It is true that people who spend much time in a virtual world are kind of isolated from life to some extent but for some people this may be voluntary choice. They are just more comfortable with computers and technics than other people.

Sergio Ingravalle
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey Petra, absoultely! It is not necessarily meant to be critical toward technology or the internet. Actually, when I did this I thought about how much I enjoy spending time by myself, all alone my own world, working on some stuff. On the other side time flies by so fast and you can work for hours or even days without any social relation or seeing any daylight. It is all about the balance, I guess :) Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts own this!!

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Good key
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2 years ago

ME

Gabrielle Hyden Combs
Community Member
2 years ago

more like #NowadaysSociety

TheBlackPanda
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2 years ago

When you're isolated, there's less drama, you don't have to deal with fake friends and peer pressure

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#10

Freedom Of The Press

Freedom Of The Press

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SnowyLynx
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3 years ago

So true

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#11

Empty Words

Empty Words

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Don't fall for it!

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#12

Always Online

Always Online

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SnowyLynx
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3 years ago

Yes

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#13

Overtime

Overtime

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Sometimes overtime is pretty much forced.

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#14

Chill-Out Music

Chill-Out Music

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Danny Boi
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3 years ago

This one is significantly less depressing

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Missing

Missing

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BusLady
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3 years ago (edited)

Bessie wants to know where all her milk is going.

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Just Killing Some Time

Just Killing Some Time

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Night Owl
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3 years ago

I want that game

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#17

Collective Guilt

Collective Guilt

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JMQ
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3 years ago

This is very deep. You can never blame one person for war, a massacre, murder etc. It takes many to take lives.

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Steps To Success

Steps To Success

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JMQ
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3 years ago

Rising up by bringing others down.

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#19

Begging For Likes

Begging For Likes

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Jaguarundi
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3 years ago

We really need to get out more. It's sad that everyone is trying to be the "saveur du jour" on the internet for a little bit of self affirmation.

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Lemmings

Lemmings

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Night Owl
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3 years ago

That with lemmings and suicide is a myth; the documentary where the story originated was manipulated: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/white-wilderness/ http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=56

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#21

"You Are Fired!"

"You Are Fired!"

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BusLady
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3 years ago

After all I've sacrificed for this company...... Thump!!

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#22

Politicians

Politicians

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SnowyLynx
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3 years ago

This is so true though

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#23

Cyber Mobbing

Cyber Mobbing

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Grumble O'Pug
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3 years ago

It happens here

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#24

Free Your Mind

Free Your Mind

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Keep an open mind?

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#25

Burnout

Burnout

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New Current

New Current

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MADELEINE KIMBALL
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2 years ago

You can buy likes online

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#27

Peace Is A Balancing Act

Peace Is A Balancing Act

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JMQ
Community Member
3 years ago

This one is very well thought-out. With a world on the brink of war, I feel it is a lot like this picture.

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#28

Always On The Hunt

Always On The Hunt

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Night Owl
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3 years ago (edited)

So which pokemon is the ring? :D

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#29

Alcoholism

Alcoholism

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Jaguarundi
Community Member
3 years ago

"One is too many and one hundred is not enough".

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Exploitation

Exploitation

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JMQ
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3 years ago

Sucking our planet dry

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Exploitation

Exploitation

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TheBlackPanda
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2 years ago

Africa: the origin of the human species. Exploited and damaged. Probably never to recover.

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#32

"Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn"

"Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn"

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Night Owl
Community Member
3 years ago

And too many of them have too much power.

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#33

Hard Earned Money

Hard Earned Money

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JMQ
Community Member
3 years ago

It feels so much better when you earned them fairly.

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#34

Post With Care

Post With Care

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Shaylynne Gosnell
Community Member
2 years ago

with care

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Sharp Mind

Sharp Mind

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