This, in case you’ve ever lain awake at night pondering it, is what happens if you have the desire to mix drugs with paint.
Washington DC-based artist Bryan Lewis Saunders did just that to create his aptly entitled portfolio of work, DRUGS.
From cocaine and marijuana, to Xanax and Absinth, these narcotics-inspired self-portraits capture the many faces of Mr Saunders as he experiments with a cocktail of illegal substances.
“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.”
Below, you can view a collection of portraits Saunders drew while under the influence of various substances ranging from cocaine, to marijuana, to DMT. Each portrait is an astonishing look into the mind of someone tweaked out on drugs, something that your eyes will surely appreciate.
Abilify / Xanax / Ativan
1 sm Glass of “real” Absinth
1/2 gram Cocaine
2 bottles of Cough Syrup
1 “Bump” of Crystalmeth
1 shot of Dilaudid / 3 shots of Morphine
Marijuana (Kine Bud)
Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset)
2 Pot Brownies
More info on Saunders can be found at his personal website.