Autoportraits on LSD

If you have accessed a social media platform the past week than you probably have already seen the following gallery. So this post is for everyone who has missed the beautiful but nevertheless disturbing drawings of an Imgur member and his/her artistic friend.

They decided to do a little experiment with LSD. One of them took on the challenge of making autoportraits of herself while under the influence of the drug whilst the other monitored the developments. Every so many minutes/hours the illustrator was asked to make a drawing of herself. She obviously had access to a box full of colourful pencils and she was not afraid to indulge, which lead to beautiful quotes like: “Here you go. I’m violet.” and the more obvious: “That was a good idea, buying coloured pencils.”  (Fore more information, check

The idea is not completely new. They may have been inspired by an earlier test conducted by the US government in the late 1950’s (in presence of a doctor). Although this test happened a long time ago, the results of the experiment are just as impressive and detailed, perhaps even more so… “Patient tries to climb into activity box, and is generally agitated – responds slowly to the suggestion he might like to draw some more.” (For more details, check:

Another artist who likes his hand to be guided by all kinds of narcotics is Bryan Lewis Saunders who published a whole series entitled “Autoportraits sous drogues”. “After experiencing drastic changes in my environment, I looked for other experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of the self.  So I devised another experiment where everyday I took a different drug and drew myself under the influence.” The experiment did appear to have some side-effects. The artist now works a little more cautious. “Within weeks I became lethargic and suffered mild brain damage. I am still conducting this experiment but over greater lapses of time. I only take drugs that are given to me.”


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