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These 9 drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD - part of a test conducted by the US government during it's dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950's. The artist was given a dose of LSD 25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons and pencils. His subject is the medico that jabbed him.

First drawing is done 20 minutes after the first dose (50ug)

An attending doctor observes - Patient chooses to start drawing with charcoal.

The subject of the experiment reports - 'Condition normal... no effect from the drug yet'.
The acid test
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Artist under the influence of LSD

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Guest: (3284 days ago)
Just another day at the office.
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Just another day at the office.
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Guest: Kandinskiy (2791 days ago)
IMO numbers 6 and 8 are very good drawings, certinaly better than the first. Infact number 6 is brilliant and I can't believe he drew it after number 5?!
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IMO numbers 6 and 8 are very good drawings, certinaly better than the first. Infact number 6 is brilliant and I can't believe he drew it after number 5?!
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Guest: me (1975 days ago)
#5 was all done in one pencil stroke though, quite a feat
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#5 was all done in one pencil stroke though, quite a feat
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Guest: joe (1975 days ago)
no it was not, in fact if you look closely you can see more than two beginning/ending parts of a line
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no it was not, in fact if you look closely you can see more than two beginning/ending parts of a line
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Guest: (1763 days ago)
read the desciption dumbass
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read the desciption dumbass
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Guest: Nairy (1754 days ago)
look at the picture, dumbass.
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look at the picture, dumbass.
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Guest: Obscura Hail (1753 days ago)
Nairy isn't wrong, whoever studied the drawings were being passe about the description of the patients technique.
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Nairy isn't wrong, whoever studied the drawings were being passe about the description of the patients technique.
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Guest: pop (1566 days ago)
erm. . if you read the description the artist is quoted as saying he'll do it in one flourish, it doesn't say he actually did it in one flourish.
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erm. . if you read the description the artist is quoted as saying he'll do it in one flourish, it doesn't say he actually did it in one flourish.
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Guest: bawsertodaysred (1499 days ago)
He's on acid though.. You cant necessarily believe he will hold his word..
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He's on acid though.. You cant necessarily believe he will hold his word..
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Guest: candace (1346 days ago)
I feel as though in his head, in his world he did do it in one line, a three dimensional line, Its possible he really did try, but laughed at his failure.
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I feel as though in his head, in his world he did do it in one line, a three dimensional line, Its possible he really did try, but laughed at his failure.
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Guest: Riael (1261 days ago)
Are you kidding me? Dude, 6 looks like he just tossed the whatever he had on the paper. It looks nothing like a human. 7 is a great one tho.
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Are you kidding me? Dude, 6 looks like he just tossed the whatever he had on the paper. It looks nothing like a human. 7 is a great one tho.
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Guest: Thales (1192 days ago)
Latest comment: I thought 6 was the best one. I don't see a reason why it should actually look like a human. Realism is not the only form of art.
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Latest comment: I thought 6 was the best one. I don't see a reason why it should actually look like a human. Realism is not the only form of art.
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Guest: Stan (1892 days ago)
Where can I sign up?
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Where can I sign up?
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Guest: tony (1977 days ago)
''this pencil is mighty hard to hold,''..(he is holding a crayon) hahaahaha
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''this pencil is mighty hard to hold,''..(he is holding a crayon) hahaahaha
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Guest: mwwah (1974 days ago)
What year was this? Is that Thanks for the memory - fall out boy?
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What year was this? Is that Thanks for the memory - fall out boy?
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Guest: LoLoL (1974 days ago)
this was in the 50's man! lol... so i assume someone like bob hope sang that, cuz he did sing a version of it! X-D
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this was in the 50's man! lol... so i assume someone like bob hope sang that, cuz he did sing a version of it! X-D
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Guest: Jeremy (1978 days ago)
I 100% agree with Kandinskiy
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I 100% agree with Kandinskiy
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Guest: Angel (1978 days ago)
acids done im out :]
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acids done im out :]
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Guest: Kris (1978 days ago)
an artist is an artist, and always will be. no drug can stop his brilliance.
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an artist is an artist, and always will be. no drug can stop his brilliance.
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Guest: Grant Williamson (1803 days ago)
This is a very interesting experiment to say the least. Its a clear demonstration of the artist flow of true thoughts coming out onto the paper. In the beginning he draws something he is used to which seems to be a very precise person and then it flows into his true potential of depicting his own true thoughts and ideas. Then lastly is goes back to his original type which is very precise. With his last one, he shows a great deal of displeasure with it.
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This is a very interesting experiment to say the least. Its a clear demonstration of the artist flow of true thoughts coming out onto the paper. In the beginning he draws something he is used to which seems to be a very precise person and then it flows into his true potential of depicting his own true thoughts and ideas. Then lastly is goes back to his original type which is very precise. With his last one, he shows a great deal of displeasure with it.
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Guest: James (1978 days ago)
Patient starts laughing, then is startled by something on the floor. LMAO definitely on drugs. this is very interesting and i agree, 6&8 are quite good.
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Patient starts laughing, then is startled by something on the floor. LMAO definitely on drugs. this is very interesting and i agree, 6&8 are quite good.
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Guest: John Paul (1970 days ago)
-_-" he's obviously on drugs as they are ******* testing a drug on him, did you not read anything besides that 1 sentence?
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-_-" he's obviously on drugs as they are ******* testing a drug on him, did you not read anything besides that 1 sentence?
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Guest: Nikki (1979 days ago)
this is pretty remarkable, to say the least
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this is pretty remarkable, to say the least
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Guest: NochDguir (1884 days ago)
any idea who the artist is?
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any idea who the artist is?
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Guest: Christiana (1506 days ago)
What was the artists name?
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What was the artists name?
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Guest: Scruff (1367 days ago)
Rolf Harris
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Rolf Harris
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Guest: MZITA (1774 days ago)
Please look at number 8 as you would one of those 3D pictures in the mall. You will see it as the patient saw it. You can trip through his "reality".
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Please look at number 8 as you would one of those 3D pictures in the mall. You will see it as the patient saw it. You can trip through his "reality".
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Guest: FedoraMike (1701 days ago)
I am just going to point out that this is fake. 1.) Unprofessional spelling an grammatical errors. Professionals would have done an edit. 2.) Claims the study was done in the 1950's, but then references a song released much later.
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I am just going to point out that this is fake. 1.) Unprofessional spelling an grammatical errors. Professionals would have done an edit. 2.) Claims the study was done in the 1950's, but then references a song released much later.
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Guest: bobhope (1652 days ago)
"Thanks for the Memory" (1938) is a popular song, with music composed by Ralph Rainger and lyrics by Leo Robin.[1] It was introduced in the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938 by Shep Fields and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross
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"Thanks for the Memory" (1938) is a popular song, with music composed by Ralph Rainger and lyrics by Leo Robin.[1] It was introduced in the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938 by Shep Fields and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross
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Guest: Emsie (1649 days ago)
I believe this experiment was not a "test conducted by the U.S. government," but a study conducted by a well-known psychiatrist named Oscar Janiger. Here's a quote from LINK "I believe the pictures are from an experiment conducted by the psychiatrist Oscar Janiger starting in 1954 and continuing for seven years, during which time he gave LSD to over 100 professional artists and measured its effects on their artistic output and creative ability. Over 250 drawings and paintings were produced," said . . .[name deleted] a physician at Yale School of Medicine who has done research on psychedelic drugs.
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I believe this experiment was not a "test conducted by the U.S. government," but a study conducted by a well-known psychiatrist named Oscar Janiger. Here's a quote from LINK "I believe the pictures are from an experiment conducted by the psychiatrist Oscar Janiger starting in 1954 and continuing for seven years, during which time he gave LSD to over 100 professional artists and measured its effects on their artistic output and creative ability. Over 250 drawings and paintings were produced," said . . .[name deleted] a physician at Yale School of Medicine who has done research on psychedelic drugs.
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Guest: Tamber (1677 days ago)
@Fedoramike. You must be on drugs mate.
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@Fedoramike. You must be on drugs mate.
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samochino samochino (1806 days ago)
Last picture looks better than first :)
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Last picture looks better than first :)
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Guest: (1969 days ago)
"Patient starts laughing, then is startled by something on the floor." bahahahaha can't stop laughing xD I just see the picture
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"Patient starts laughing, then is startled by something on the floor." bahahahaha can't stop laughing xD I just see the picture
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Guest: cool I'm (1802 days ago)
omg what a **** is science is i head science for god sake !!!! is boring man
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omg what a **** is science is i head science for god sake !!!! is boring man
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Guest: Melanie (1974 days ago)
I love watching how an artists work changes depending on if he is on drugs, or on which drug he is using. It's pretty remarkable.
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I love watching how an artists work changes depending on if he is on drugs, or on which drug he is using. It's pretty remarkable.
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Guest: Sarah Leighton (1269 days ago)
QI however I believe as an artist a artist will always judge there work and never be satisfied once an artist says its amazing or finished 100% thats when they need to stop because they arent challenging them self anymore,his finale comment shows how humble he is.
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QI however I believe as an artist a artist will always judge there work and never be satisfied once an artist says its amazing or finished 100% thats when they need to stop because they arent challenging them self anymore,his finale comment shows how humble he is.
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