Confessions of a researchaholic

April 30, 2019

Vector draw a cat over a photo

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:52 pm

I drew over a previous cat photo to experiment with abstraction. The reflection seems to work well based on only the natural shape distortion (over a car hood).

April 29, 2019

Sketching a dead fly

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:37 pm

Without a magnifying glass I might have missed some important details.

Quick sketch on a morning train

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:38 am

This guy took off at Palo Alto station so I drew him mostly from visual memory.

April 27, 2019

Vector draw over a photo

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:35 pm

I went home vector drawing over a photo.

Quick sketch in a cafe

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:34 pm

I did not feel particularly inspired on this day.

April 24, 2019

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

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:50 am

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

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:49 pm

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.

April 21, 2019

Drawing vector graphics over a photo

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:20 pm

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

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:52 am

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.

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

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