This year, however, Coss wanted to do something completely different, and so he turned to his fans for suggestions. And after one fan broached the idea of mental illness, the artist soon took to the drawing board and began sketching one haunting piece after another.
Since the start of October 2016, then, Coss has been releasing a new artwork every day in accordance with Inktober’s rules. And his first piece – a representation of borderline personality disorder – poignantly encapsulates the feelings of worthlessness and emptiness that sufferers associate with the disease.
Intended as representations of a specific illness, these minimal drawings are vividly expressionistic and hauntingly powerful. Indeed, his follow-up work on insomnia showcases the weariness felt by those with the disorder. With pallid features and pupils reduced to dots, the figure is a chilling totem of endless nights without sleep.