Confessions of a researchaholic

April 19, 2019

Quick sketches on a morning train

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:52 am

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

Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:13 am

The guy has a pair of tired eyes.

April 18, 2019

Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:51 am

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

April 17, 2019

Quick sketch of an occluded face on an evening train

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:50 pm

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

Vector abstraction

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:17 pm

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

Quick sketches of evening train sleepers

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:15 pm

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.

April 16, 2019

Vector drawing experiment

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:10 pm

I simply draw over a photo in Illustrator Draw, export the .ai file to Illustrator CC Desktop, and export as an .svg file.

April 13, 2019


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:50 am

A few years back I was having a hard time deciding between two job offers from institutions X and Y. After joining Y, I found out that the hiring manager in X left, which, if I had joined, might have succeeded the position. I kept on thinking this is the first (and only) career mistake I have made, until I heard recently that the positions in X are funded temporarily and are being slashed.

Quick sketches in a museum and concert

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:21 am

The Rodin collection in the Stanford Cantor arts center is an excellent source for portrait drawing. The sculptures remain stationary (as far as I can see) with fascinating anatomical structures. The darker colored materials are more challenging to shade, so I started with the lighter ones.
I didn’t have time to double check the source (looks like this one); the museum guards were in a rush to kick me out after discovering me staying beyond closure.

I arrived early enough for a pre-concert talk. The lights were still on to greenlight my quick sketch of the conductor.

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