Confessions of a researchaholic

March 31, 2019


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:48 pm

I was in a meeting with a colleague and an immigration lawyer a few days ago. I was prepared to argue for a difficult case, but found the lawyer surprisingly receptive. She spoke tersely and stopped frequently to ask for any questions or feedbacks.

EQ gradually outweighs IQ in determining career success when one becomes more senior. Maybe that explains why that lawyer is a partner already, and behaved quite differently from a more junior lawyer previously handling the same case.

Drawing a garden rose

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:26 pm

Anything that is not a human face excuses more perceptual deviations.
This is probably the most colorful digital drawing I have done so far.

After finishing the drawing, I noticed it looks too flat. Shading volumes for colorful objects is harder than for white sculptures, which I plan to revisit.

March 29, 2019

Quick sketches during meal times

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:32 pm

Eat the food as usual, do not rush or stop.
Meanwhile, carefully survey the surroundings to spot potential drawing subjects.
Find someone who looks interesting (to you) and is likely to remain stationary for a sufficiently long period of time.
After finishing the food, adjust your position so that you can observe the subject in a good angle while reducing the chance of being noticed.
Draw freely without worrying about mistakes.

Lunch time guests tend to be more normal and stay shorter.

Dinner time guests tend to be more diverse, especially later into the night, and some might hang on for a while working or reading.

March 28, 2019

Quick portrait sketch from an unusual angle

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:45 pm

I noticed this passenger sitting on an upper deck from a lower deck.
The unusual angel, combined with the shaking train and changing subject posture, made the drawing challenging and yet fun.

March 27, 2019

Quick sketches

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:24 pm

March 26, 2019

Portrait sketches

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:03 pm

There was a lively boy in the lunch cafeteria but he moved too much for me to draw, so I settled with this guy with unique facial hairs.
He was relatively stationary, but took off while I was halfway through, so I finished the drawing from memory.

This lady was excited to attend a Giants’ game.
My shading strokes around her chin look like beard, an area for future improvement.

March 25, 2019

Social network peer pressure

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:34 pm
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Most people use social networks for venting, boasting, and scheming.
I use it mainly for fun and motivation, such as my progress in drawing.

So much intrigue to sight, so little time to draw.

I spotted this passenger on the upper deck while sitting on the lower deck.

I had to draw this one partially from memory as the subject kept on changing postures.

March 24, 2019

Subjective depiction of objective reality

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:30 pm
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A drawing subject has expressed concerns about the lack of similarity between her self-perception and my depiction. I told her that since my drawings are a long way towards professional maturity, she should be concerned about her appearance much less than I about my drawing skill.

This applies to other discrepancies between what others depict us and what we think of ourselves. The former can provide opportunities for improvement, but should not cause disturbances if we truly understand and believe in ourselves.

When I was a kid, my grandfather once told me that only fools care about what other inferior people think of us.

March 22, 2019

Portrait sketches

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:52 pm

The sandwich place inside the company is a good place to watch people.
During my lunch there today, I noticed a chunky visitor with flesh squeezing out all over his face and body, an employee with long mustache, and a visitor who looks like Tuppence Middleton from the side.
I had only about 15 minutes to draw so I picked the last one as the subject, even though she left before I could even finish the outline.

It took me a while to find this interesting subject on the evening train. He disembarked at the Mountain View when I just started the outline, so I finished the drawing mostly from visual memory.

This girl sat at the same seat of the bearded guy. I failed to capture her essence before getting off at Menlo Park.

I drew this inside a cafe; the lighting eventually turned dark and thus challenging for hatching.

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