Confessions of a researchaholic

December 11, 2018


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 1:40 pm

If there were a superman/superwoman I would expect him/her as benign to us as we to other life forms on earth or even towards one another historically.

Regarding good versus bad aliens, one of my most favorite movies is The Thing (1982), which I found to be much more convincing than E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial released in the same year.

Carlos Ghosn

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 12:41 pm
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Mediocre people, when they have the right chance, can still hurt better people in unexpected ways. I am glad that I learned this lesson early enough so the damage I received is quite limited.
I am less sure about him though.


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 12:35 pm

The light field camera is a beautiful technology, but consumers find it no more useful than 360 imaging.

December 9, 2018


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:03 pm

I was searching my email box about the “fence” of the house and surprised to find out how many paper reviews contain the phrase “on the fence”.

Time perception

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:54 pm

During my dream earlier this morning, someone (God?) was telling me what time really is. It is neither a one-dimensional curve nor a two dimensional-ribbon. But the dream did not continue to reveal the rest of the answer.

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Time perception from a dream

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December 8, 2018

Drawing a sculpture-like human portrait

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:11 pm

Like sculptures, this classically beautiful face has all the features spelled out for drawing. Following suggestions from Daichi and tutorials I saw online, I started drawing coarse shapes very loosely (in a base layer) to help proportions. The more detailed contours are then much easier to pin down. I drew coarse shading in a third layer.

I am not sure yet how and if I should shade the face.

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The base layer

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December 6, 2018

Picasso continues to roll in his grave

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:35 pm

From the same source I experimented with artist pencils in a digital drawing to compare with graphite sticks.
Interestingly, I made similar proportional mistakes to my previous physical drawing, notably the over-long nose.

The 4+B digital pencils were too dark, so I switched to 2B which would be too light for physical pencils.

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After Picasso

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December 3, 2018

Picasso is rolling in his grave

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:49 pm

I drew this one loose and quick to feel the graphite sticks, so I did not realize the incorrect proportions until the end, such as overlong nose, shifted gaze, and over-large left ear.

I plan to experiment with digital drawing to see if it can achieve similar rough senses and effects.

Integrity, intelligence, and energy

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:48 am
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Warren Buffett once said to look for three qualities for people to work with: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And without the first one, the other two will kill you.

However, history is full of people who committed grave atrocities due to lack of intelligence, even with good intention and integrity. And I have witnessed people causing less damages who are not as dangerous but still annoying.

Thus, lacking intelligence is no less dangerous than lacking integrity. Avoid such people as much as possible.

December 2, 2018

Portrait practice from a movie still

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:35 pm

I decided it is about time to go back to the instruction book to follow planned exercises. (As a student, I seldom followed guidance before sufficient self-exploration.)
The next practice is proportioning a frontal face, so I picked a movie still of an actress whose quarter profile I had difficulty with earlier. (I will come back to that exercise later.)

I hope to capture the feeling better with subtler shading (e.g. smiling with the cheeks), but I ran out of patience and had to go out for dinner.

PS: it is better to practice portraits starting from subjects outside personal social circles.

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Portrait practice from a movie still

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