Confessions of a researchaholic

April 24, 2019

Quick draw + sketch of a homeless evening train passenger from memory

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My brain was preoccupied by a research issue and had limited bandwidth to spot drawing subjects on the evening train, until a homeless guy boarded at the California Avenue station. Like many other homeless folks, this guy also has very unique characteristics. He moved around a lot inside the train and disembarked in the next stop (Palo Alto station) so I could only quickly sketch him from memory, followed by vector draw at home later in the night.

April 23, 2019

Experiment with vector draw over raster sketch

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Drawing vector graphics from scratch can be difficult, so I was recommended to first sketch and import as a reference for vector drawing.
The two posts below show the process in Adobe (raster) Sketch and (vector) Draw.

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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April 21, 2019

Drawing vector graphics over a photo

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Vector drawing is quite a different experience from raster sketching: precise and concise versus loose and exploratory (based on my personal experience so far).
I wonder if tracing vector contours over a photo can be an alternative beginner exercise, to focus on sourcing and abstraction before contour, space, proportion, and perspective.

April 19, 2019

Quick sketch of a bag of plant remains

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I saw this funky bag of plant remains (looks like tree leaves and branches) on my way to work and quickly drew it before being moved away by the park cleaner.

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Quick sketch of a bag of plant remains

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After looking at the photos later, I realized that ground shadow is an important visual cue to add.

Quick sketches on a morning train

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Both passengers left when I just started drawing so I had to finish from memory.

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Quick sketch of a morning train passenger

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Quick sketch of a morning train sleeper

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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The guy has a pair of tired eyes.

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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April 18, 2019

Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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In an attempt to correcting the nostril shape, I made it too dark.

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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April 17, 2019

Quick sketch of an occluded face on an evening train

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I couldn’t really see this face, so I drew based on reconstructing multiple partial views.

Vector abstraction

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I am practicing abstraction with Adobe Illustrator (Draw): given a photo, how to represent it simplest (but not simpler).

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Vector draw over a photo https://adobe.ly/2Irxztx

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Quick sketches of evening train sleepers

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The first one took off the train when I barely started drawing his face.
I took off the train after briefly outlined the second sleeper, and completed the rest the day after.

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Quick sketch of a sleeping face on an evening train

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Quick sketch of a sleeping face on an evening train

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Quick sketch of a sleeper on an evening train

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