The following 9 drawings were drawn by an artist under the influence of LSD, as part of a test conducted by the US Government during their experiments with the drug in the 1950s (before declaring it illegal in the early 60s). The artist was given two healthy doses of the drug (50ug each), and was then given complete access to an activity box full of crayons and pencils. Behold, the effects the mighty drug has on the artist.
1st Drawing – 20 minutes after first LSD dose
An attending doctor observes, the patient decides to start drawing with charcoal.
2nd Drawing – 85 minutes after first LSD Dose and 20 minutes after second dose
The patient seems euphoric.
3rd Drawing – 2 hours and 30 minutes after first dose
Patient seems very focused on the task of drawing.
4th Drawing – 2 hours and 32 minutes after first dose
Patient seems gripped by his pad of paper
5th Drawing – 2 hours and 35 minutes after first dose
Patient follows quickly with another drawing
Upon completing the drawing the patient starts laughing, then becomes startled by something on the floor.
6th Drawing – 2 hours and 45 minutes after first dose
Patient tries to climb into the activity box and is generally agitated – responds slowly to the suggestion that he might like to draw some more. He has become largely non-verbal.
Patient changes medium to tempera.
7th Drawing – 4 hours and 25 minutes after first dose
Patient retreated to the bunk, spending approximately 2 hours lying and waving his hands in the air. His return to the activity box is sudden and deliberate, changing medium to pen and watercolour.
Patient makes the last half a dozen strokes of the drawing while running back and forth across the room.
8th Drawing – 5 hours and 45 minutes after first dose
Patient continues to move about the room, intersecting the space in complex variations. It’s an hour and a half before he settles down to draw again – he appears over the effects of the drug.
9th Drawing – 8 hours after first dose
Patient sits on bunk bed. He reports the intoxication has worn off except for the occasional distorting of our faces. We ask for a final drawing which he performs with little enthusiasm.