You may think that this is the result of the same vanity found in the common selfie addicted adolescent or that perhaps Saunders is a one-trick pony whose artistic ability only extends to the contours of his face. But Saunders’s raw talent and artistic vision keeps all of his self-portraits from being the same thing over and over again.
Saunders takes inspiration from anything and everything that he sees, whether it be his body hair or his most famous inspiration, drugs. Saunders has become incredibly famous for being the guy who draws under the influence of such vices like drugs and alcohol, and these vices have a clear effect on his work.
Saunders sees these vices as a means to bring more color and excitement to the otherwise dull life that we may lead. These vices turn his plain, not-so interesting face into a canvas in which he can law down the beauty of his artwork. It may seem controversial and immoral to some, especially to the extremely conservative; and perhaps it is. But there is something quite honorable to subjecting yourself to harmful drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy in the pursuit of creating something that will make the universe more beautiful, if only in its small way.
Saunders has also been known to subject himself to other dangerous situations, such as plugging up his ears for 28 straight days in pursuit of finding out how music affects his artworks. It’s quite rare for an artist with such innate talent to be so dedicated to his craft, so much so that he is willing to put himself in danger for his work. This type of sacrifice is quite honorable, so it’s quite a shame that people only think of Saunders as the crazy artist who is simply taking drugs for the high that it brings.
Saunders is still painting today, and is currently envisioning new ways to improve his art.
Here are some of his portraits with the type of drug he used below: