Artist Spends 10 Years Drawing Self Portraits On Different Drugs
Jeromie Williams Eats The Internet For Breakfast
Artist Bryan Saunders who claims he does “not do drugs” has spent the last 10 years drawing over 9000 self portraits of himself, many of which were done while taking doses of prescription drugs and illicit substances for the first time.
Featured on such sites as The Huffington Post Weird News and Cultso.com, the self portraits drawn by Bryan Saunders take viewers on a wild and varied experience through the mind of an artist experiencing numerous substances for the very first time.
Saunders explains his process and his choice for his series entitled “Drugs” like this:
After experiencing drastic changes in my environment, I looked for other experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of the self. So I devised another experiment where everyday I took a different drug and drew myself under the influence. Within weeks I became lethargic and suffered mild brain damage. I am still conducting this experiment but over greater lapses of time. I only take drugs that are given to me.
From crystal meth to cocaine, hash to huffing gas, marijuana to morphine, PCP to Percocet and everything in between, the portraits that Bryan Saunders has created are a romp through the mind of an artist experiencing altered states that most would never attempt or try. The only two well-known drugs not in the list, yet, are crack and heroine which Saunders claims simply haven’t been offered to him yet.
Saunders says that each drug he tries, he tries only once and only those drugs that are given to him or supplied to him by other people. Take a look at the gallery below and leave a comment about what you think of this artist’s one of a kind collection.