This Artist drew self-portraits on 50 different Drugs (Photos)

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This Artist drew self-portraits on 50 different Drugs (Photos)

Bryan Lewis Saunders is a Tennessee-based performance artist, poet, and illustrator who has drawn at least one self-portrait every day since March 30, 1995. As of now, he has over 8,700 self-portraits, collected in stacks of hardbound sketchbooks.

As an experiment, for 50 days straight Saunders took a different drug every day before doing his self-portrait. All of the drugs were free, either given to him by junkie neighbours in his rundown, $18-a-month apartment and doctors who see his art and assume he’s psychotic – he can’t decide if he thinks he is or not – or administered to him during brief mental hospital visits. The frequent drug use gave him mild brain damage that was thankfully repairable, and he’s still adding to the collection, albeit with more time in between.

The drawings are personal, varied, and reflect the experience of the intoxicants they’re associated with. Portraits on weed, salvia, and butane honey oil are whimsical, with an almost child-like use of primary colours. More frequently, they reflect anxiety, darkness, and a fracture of self-identity.

In a profile on The Guardian, Saunders says that he hates that people only know him for the drug portraits, so if you like these, consider checking out more of his work on his personal website.

Acid

Acid

Acid

Ritalin (doseage unknown-snorted)

Ritalin (doseage unknown-snorted)

Ritalin (doseage unknown-snorted)

Marijuana (Kine bud)

Marijuana (Kine bud)

Marijuana (Kine bud)

1 Glass of Pruno

1 Glass of Pruno

1 Glass of Pruno

4mg Risperdal

4mg Risperdal

4mg Risperdal

250mg Soma

250mg Soma

250mg Soma

Marijuana (G13)

Marijuana (G13)

Marijuana (G13)

Morphine IV (dosage unknown)

Morphine IV (dosage unknown)

Morphine IV (dosage unknown)

Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset)

Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset)

Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset)

2mg Nicotine Gum

2mg Nicotine Gum

2mg Nicotine Gum

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide

Opium

Opium

Opium

PCP

PCP

PCP

5mg Percocet

5mg Percocet

5mg Percocet

Salvia Divinorum

Salvia Divinorum

Salvia Divinorum

100mg Seroquel

100mg Seroquel

100mg Seroquel

100mg Tramadol

100mg Tramadol

100mg Tramadol

100mg Trazadone

100mg Trazadone

100mg Trazadone

20mg Valium

20mg Valium

20mg Valium

2mg Xanax

2mg Xanax

2mg Xanax

50mg Zoloft

50mg Zoloft

50mg Zoloft

10mg Zyprexa

10mg Zyprexa

10mg Zyprexa

Marijuana Resin

Marijuana Resin

Marijuana Resin

10mg Loritab

10mg Loritab

10mg Loritab

300mg Lithium

300mg Lithium

300mg Lithium

Huffing Gas

Huffing Gas

Huffing Gas

5mg hydrocodone/ 7.5mg Oxycodone/ 3mg Xanax

5mg hydrocodone/ 7.5mg Oxycodone/ 3mg Xanax

5mg hydrocodone/ 7.5mg Oxycodone/ 3mg Xanax

10mg Adderall

10mg Adderall

10mg Adderall

1 sm Glass of Absinth

1 sm Glass of Absinth

1 sm Glass of Absinth

10mg Ambien

10mg Ambien

10mg Ambien

1 “Bump” of Crystalmeth

1 “Bump” of Crystalmeth

1 “Bump” of Crystalmeth

DMT

DMT

DMT

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