Without doubt, there are few things in life as agonizing as living with a mental illness. And while those without disorders can easily sympathize, understanding the challenges experienced by sufferers is a different matter entirely. These chilling illustrations, however, attempt to show what life is actually like for those afflicted by just such conditions – and the results are eerily effective.
Shawn Coss is an artist from Akron, Ohio who has worked as an illustrator for seven years. And besides working on the hugely successful web comic Cyanide & Happiness, Coss has also released work independently. In fact, he funded and released his own book via Kickstarter earlier in 2016.
Describing his artistic style as “dark and free,” Coss’ works are characterized by a stark and Gothic-inspired monochromatic beauty. Perhaps unsurprisingly, for example, in October 2015 he created a series of pictures based on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, as part of an annual event known in the artistic community as Inktober.