This Artist Is Making Intense Drawings Highlighting Mental Health Conditions

“Most importantly I hope, if anything, it affects a person on some level.”

Shawn Cross 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.

Shawn Cross 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.

Shawn Cross

Last year, Cross drew characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This year, he decided to illustrate various mental health disorders after a fan suggested it.

Last year, Cross drew characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This year, he decided to illustrate various mental health disorders after a fan suggested it.

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Shawn Cross

He describes his style as dark, and didn’t want this Inktober to be any different.

He describes his style as dark, and didn't want this Inktober to be any different.

Major Depressive Disorder

Shawn Cross

Before he dives into each illustration, he researches the condition to help him condense it into a singular image, and takes suggestions and recommendations from his fans.

Before he dives into each illustration, he researches the condition to help him condense it into a singular image, and takes suggestions and recommendations from his fans.

Depersonalization Disorder

Shawn Cross


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