Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects

'I tried to draw what was inside my head, but in the middle of it, things were happening outside my head instead.'

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How LSD affects one’s creativity has long since fascinated humans, be it in literature, music or art.

Inspired by the US government’s ‘Nine Drawings’ experiment in the 1950s, a Reddit user decided to get her friend to draw self-portraits while tripping, in the hope of yielding a sort of visual-map of her headspace during it.

The unnamed friend apparently took 200µg of LSD and drew 11 self-portraits over nine hours, spending “between 15 minutes and 45 minutes on each drawing”. Whatafinethrowaway’s notes (reproduced below) accompany each image.

H + 15m

01 - H  15m.jpg

Before any noticeable effect.

H + 45m

02 - H  45m.jpg

"Are you feeling anything?"


"Those are some bright colors!"

"Yeah. That's probably gonna get worse."

H + 1h45


03 - H  1h45.jpg

H + 2h15

04 - H  2h15.jpg

That was a good idea, buying coloured pencils.

H + 3h30

05 - H  3h30.jpg

"I didn't draw the eyes. Do you want me to draw the eyes? I don't feel like drawing the eyes."

H + 4h45

06 - H  4h45 from this moment she drew with very dim light.jpg

"Here you go. I'm violet."

Later: "Usually, I draw the eyes at the very end, because I don't want the picture to look at me while I'm drawing it. Here, I didn't want the picture to look at me at all."

H + 6h


07 - H  6h.jpg

"I lost the black pencil. I only had the coloured ones."

H + 6h45

08 - H  6h45.jpg

My personal favourite.

H + 8h

09 - H  8h.jpg

After 45 minutes in the dark, listening to some Pink Floyd, she started to draw again.

H + 8h45

10 - H  8h45.jpg

She didn't seem quite satisfied with the last one, so she directly started this one.

"During the previous one, I tried to draw what was inside my head, but in the middle of it, things were happening outside my head instead."

H + 9h30

11 - H  9h30.jpg

While the effects were disappearing.

"Do you want to draw a last one? Like, a normal one? "

"I'll try."


"It didn't seem hard for her to focus, I was actually quite impressed by that," whatafinethrowaway commented following the experiment. "She just loved what she was doing. I don't know if the change of styles was on purpose or not."