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
Before any noticeable effect.
H + 45m
"Are you feeling anything?"
"Those are some bright colors!"
"Yeah. That's probably gonna get worse."
H + 1h45
H + 2h15
That was a good idea, buying coloured pencils.
H + 3h30
"I didn't draw the eyes. Do you want me to draw the eyes? I don't feel like drawing the eyes."
H + 4h45
"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
"I lost the black pencil. I only had the coloured ones."
H + 6h45
My personal favourite.
H + 8h
After 45 minutes in the dark, listening to some Pink Floyd, she started to draw again.
H + 8h45
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
While the effects were disappearing.
"Do you want to draw a last one? Like, a normal one? "
"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."
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