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    Marijuana and Art

    I find that marijuana can really stimulate my creativity and make drawing/painting a whole new experience (at times) but like everything in life, its better in moderation than when over used.

    Or at least thats my take on the plants usage.

    What do you think? Do you find it a positive or negative influence on your artwork?

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    I've always wanted to try smoking pot while drawing..
    But alas.. I'm a starving artist who can't even afford food.
    And pot isn't cheap.

    I do know that drinking while drawing only makes things worse. At least in my case.
    Drinking in general makes my head all fuzzy and "thick" and I can't look at one place for longer than a second.

    I have trouble concentrating as it is.
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    Personally, I've never taken marijuana or tried drawing while under the influence of anything else, so I can't really say much about this from personal experience.

    However, I know we had a thread about this a little while ago. I wish I could find it. I think that the general conclusion was that a person thinks differently and comes up different ideas while under the influence, but it's no substitute for creativity and not really something to try and replace it with. Also, it messes with your motor skills, so it's harder to draw well. That's what I remember from it anyway. I'm pretty sure someone will come up with a link eventually.
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    Can normally do with a guzzle of sloe gin before work, clears the mind and improves determination to paint sometimes! There's no point getting blind drunk before work though .

    My tutor used to drink neat gin with his work, and once took a gulp of turps by mistake... is their a difference I wonder??

    Unfortunately, like has been said, you can't come to rely on something to work - there was no crop of sloe berries this year, so here I am in the cold of Autumn with no sloe gin, I can't stop working though...
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    Just like anything else, it can be an excuse and a crutch. I had a buddy (incredibly talented) who swore up and down his creativity went up when he was stoned.

    The only thing that actually happened is he didn't finish some commission work, and was never hired in the area again. Pity, because he's amazing.
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    MiniGoth: I kind of agree; I have seen friends of mine waste their talent and just get lazy about their artwork from smoking pot.

    I used to smoke more than I do now and I noticed I was falling into that trap a while ago.

    But still, there are days when its fun to smoke and draw in the park. Usually i'll just practice on days like these, but I have created some pretty cool and unique artwork on occasion.

    (as I mentioned) it is only worthwhile, for myself, on occasion and in moderation.
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    I find that too much and your to hazy to focus much, but in moderation it serves as a good get up and go. It has no effect on the creativeness for me just makes it a lot easy to sit down and start.
    PS. magic mushrooms can lead to some strange and flowing artwork! don't ask how i know
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    Doesn't marijuana help your "minds eye" (might be cannabis) but if it does it means you can bring up images infront of you like an hallucination so it would defiantly help you. Like tracing over your imagination.

    But you can get drugs that do that with-out the side effects. And possibly cheaper, because they aren't illegal.
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    Kiera: Im kind of jealous. Where do you live? Here in Denver, its almost legal (its a 17$ fine if you have less than an ounce on you).


    I think I miswrote when I said that it stimulates creativity. But I do think it can make drawing/art fun and a new experience at times. Thats more or less what I was thinking, but as many artists know, words are not always the best way to elucidate ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha Bear View Post
    Kiera: Im kind of jealous. Where do you live? Here in Denver, its almost legal (its a 17$ fine if you have less than an ounce on you).
    $17 fine where did you pull that out of?

    http://norml.org/index.cfm?wtm_view=&Group_ID=4526
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    Caffeine is the best thing if you want to stimulate your creativity. Drink a cup or two of your favorite java and you will be buzzing with energy, and your neurons in your brain will be firing on and off like a Christmas tree. Also, get adequate sleep and rest.

    You don't need pot or drugs...you are better off sniffing the fumes from your paint. Drugs damage your brain over time. I have known too many people who used drugs for so long that they can barely function.
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    DeadlyFreeze: Thats weird- I live here in Denver and friends of mine have been caught smoking joints and they received tickets for 17$ (actually, most of the time people are let go with a warning, unless your smoking out of a bong or some massive piece)... so I'm not sure what to tell you. The legal system is all screwy anyway: its technically legal in Denver (if your over 21) to have less than an once on you, but in the US its still illegal.

    You should come to Denver and see for yourself, I assure you I am entirely serious.


    (EDIT: it seems that the NORML site does not take into account that the laws in Denver and Colorado are different. (Its less legal outside of Denver) ...Haha its so bizarre how these things are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Cross View Post
    Caffeine is the best thing if you want to stimulate your creativity. Drink a cup or two of your favorite java and you will be buzzing with energy, and your neurons in your brain will be firing on and off like a Christmas tree. Also, get adequate sleep and rest.

    You don't need pot or drugs...you are better off sniffing the fumes from your paint. Drugs damage your brain over time. I have known too many people who used drugs for so long that they can barely function.
    Might want to read that back.

    Think about it a bit.
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