An artist painted a self-portrait of himself on a different drug every day, and he ended up with brain damage

a close up of a book: Here's Bryan Lewis Saunders on hash. Here’s Bryan Lewis Saunders on hash.

In March 1995, artist Bryan Lewis Saunders began creating at least one self-portrait of himself every day.

Born in Washington D.C. but living on and off in Tennessee, in 2000 he set out to look for “experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of self” – and he came up with an experiment titled “Under The Influence” that did just that.

“Every day I took a different drug or intoxicant and drew myself under the influence,” he states on his website.

He was the subject of a documentary called “Art of Darkness” about the experience – which, he says, left him lethargic and with “mild brain damage that wasn’t irreparable,” which he told Business Insider meant “psychomotor retardation and confusion.”

Still, he said he is “still conducting this experiment but over greater lapses of time and presently only take drugs that are prescribed to me by a doctor.”

He told INSIDER that his other more recent projects include a drawing experiment where he was totally blind for 30 days straight and, of course, created a daily self portrait.

Huffing Lighter Fluid a tattoo on his face Heroin (dosage unknown, snorted) a close up of a map Adderall (10mg) a close up of an animal Crystal meth (one bump) DMT (dosage unknown, during and after) a close up of a map Zoloft (50mg, after 2 weeks) the face of a person Celexa (dosage unknown) a close up of text on a white background Hash (dosage unknown) a close up of a book Absinth (small glass) a drawing of a face LSD (dosage unknown) a group of colorful flowers Hydrocodone (7.5mg), Oxycodone (7.5mg), Xanax (3mg) a tattoo on their face Vicodin (10mg) Soma (250mg) Valium IV (Albuterol, Saline & Oxygen mixture) a close up of a map Butane Honey Oil (dosage unknown) a person posing for the camera Bath Salts (dosage unknown) a drawing of a person Morphine IV (dosage unknown) Ritalin (dosage unknown, snorted) a close up of a person Opium (dosage unknown) Nicotine Gum (2mg, after quitting smoking for 2 months) a close up of text on a black background Ambien (10mg) a man wearing a costume Alcohol (dosage unknown) a close up of a map Carbon Monoxide Inhalation Robitussin Cough Syrup (2 bottles) a close up of text on a white background Cocaine (1/2 gram) Abilify, Xanax, Ativan (dosage unknown in hospital) Huffing Gas (during and after) Marijuana (G13) a close up of a persons face Nitrous Oxide (dosage unknown) a drawing of a person