This Artist Illustrated Different Mental Health Conditions, And The Results Are Hauntingly Poignant

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Image: Facebook/Shawn Coss
Image: Facebook/Shawn Coss

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.

Image: Facebook/Shawn Coss
Image: Facebook/Shawn Coss

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.

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Image: Facebook/Shawn Coss
Image: Facebook/Shawn Coss

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.

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