Shawn Coss is a 33-year-old professional artist from Ohio. This year, he is participating in art event known as Inktober. During Inktober, artists from all over the world make one ink drawing a day for the entire month of October. This year, he decided to illustrate various mental health disorders.
Dissociative identity disorder
Major Depressive Disorder
He describes his style as dark, and he didn’t want this Inktober to be any different. Before he dives into each illustration, he researches the condition to help him condense it into a singular image. Coss then typically does the drawings live on Facebook Live so he can connect with his fans. He said the hard thing about depicting these conditions is that it’s all subjective. “What I find most amusing is someone stating I’m way off on a disorder because that person doesn’t necessarily experience the same symptoms and then I’ll have another post saying it’s spot on,” he said.
Coss said he hopes fans appreciate his art, and if it helps them cope, “I am 100% in support of it.”
“I hope that people can appreciate my creations,” he said. “Most importantly I hope, if anything, it affects a person on some level. This may be a new venture for me into the world of mental health…or it’ll vanish into the abyss of the internet.”