Artist Takes Every Drug Known to Man, Draws Self Portraits After Each Use

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This is all kinds of cool, and everything your mother told you not to do. Bryan Lewis Saunders is an artist from Washington D.C., not just any artist though. Saunders prefers to take a more unconventional approach to his artwork.

Arguably his most interesting project, entitled DRUGS is described as follows:

“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 (dosage unknown in hospital)

90mg Abilify (after 3 months usage 3x maximum dose)


1 sm Glass of “real” Absinth (not the fake crap)

10mg Adderall

10mg Ambien

Bath Salts


15mg Buspar (snorted)

4 Butalbitals (doseage unknown)

Butane Honey Oil


250mg Cephalexin (painted w/ watercolor pencil, water and cephalexin)


1/2 gram Cocaine

Computer Duster (2 squirts)


2 bottles of Cough Syrup

1 “Bump” of Crystalmeth

4mg Dilaudid



1 shot of Dilaudid / 3 shots of Morphine (In the ER with kidney stones)

DMT (during and after)


60mg Geodon




Huffing Gas (during and right after)

Huffing Lighter Fluid (during and right after)

7.5mg Hydrocodone / 7.5mg Oxycodone / 3mg Xanax

3mg Klonopin


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10mg Lortab

Marijuana (Kine Bud)

G13 Marijuana


Morphine IV (doseage unknown)

Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset)

2mg Nicotine Gum (after quitting smoking for 2 months)


Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide / Valium I.V. (doseage unknown in hospital)


7.5mg Percocet

2 Pot Brownies

1 Glass of Pruno


Marijuana Resin

4mg Risperdol


Ritilin (doseage unknown-snorted)

Salvia Divinorum (right before but mostly right after)

100mg Seroquel

100mg Trazadone



20mg Valium

Valium I.V. (doseage unknown in hospital)

Valium IV, (Albuterol, Saline & Oxygen mixture)


2mg Xanax

50mg Zoloft (after 2 weeks)

10mg Zyprexa (after 2 weeks in hospital)


Ativan / Haloperidol (doseage unknown in hospital)

More info on Saunders can be found at his personal website.


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468 thoughts on “Artist Takes Every Drug Known to Man, Draws Self Portraits After Each Use

  1. tylerstjames tylerstjames

    love it!!! (feel kinda sorry for the poor guy though - he seems to be in Hospital rather alot!!)

  2. Konnor Wright

    Very interesting I wonder how it all has affected him till now

  3. Kate V Somerville

    Now I wanna see the images when withdrawing off of this stuff. That can be just as interesting.

  4. Angel LaCanfora

    I say stick with the Lortab & Salvia,my favorites here. But they’re all fabulous…

  5. Antonella Stoned

    omgggg this is radical! im gonna try with my dog! also, is crystal merth the same as acid and also is it safe to take crystal meth and acid when 13 and pregnant?

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