Talented Artist Inks Haunting Illustrations of Mental Illnesses Every Day Throughout October


Shawn Coss, a very talented artist and author of the crowdfunded book Kindergarten, has illustrated hauntingly beautiful ink sketches of his own interpretations of mental illnesses and disorders. This project is part of The Inktober Initiative in which artists all over the world ink one illustration per day throughout the month of October. October is also the month during which and Mental Health Awareness events take place.

Every year thousands of artists get involved with Inktober, where for 31 days of October, you ink a drawing for each day. I decided to go off the usual prompt and focus on mental illnesses and disorders.

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder Schizophrenia

Major Depressive Order

images by Shawn Coss

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.