Confessions of a researchaholic

May 27, 2020

Drawing a deck view in a heat wave

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:58 pm
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I took a reference photo of this view which caught my eye on Tue May 26 early morning at the start of a heat wave.

I came back for on-spot drawing at Wed May 27 evening when the weather cooled down a bit, and finished the drawing indoor with the reference photo after night fall.

AI and art

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:20 am

A few days ago I read two articles about AI and art:
Computers do not make art, people do
A philosopher argues that an AI can’t be an artist

I cannot predict the future, including the possibility for AI to create art.
However, at the current stage of technology, AI can automate only a very tiny portion of creative tasks.
So just like all existing automation tools, I see AI as an assistant to elevate humans to higher mental tasks rather as a replacement.

May 26, 2020

Sketching multiple variations of the head relief on a CAD quarter coin

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:58 pm
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Human perception is very sensitive to human faces, and thus small variations in a portrait sketch can cause large perceived differences.

A school bully

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:54 am

A student greeted members of her PhD defense committee via an email, and got scorched by one of the examiners for trying to schedule her own oral defense, using a “buddy” tone (including the use of emojis), sending from a non-school email account, and not addressing the examiner with a professor salute.

I like to tell this student that (1) a person is measured by the size of things that matter to him/her, (2) do not become such a person in the future.

May 23, 2020

Add a groundhog to a previous drawing

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:05 pm
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I once saw a groundhog poking its head out of its mound in a nearby county park.
This one was drawn via a reference photo.

May 22, 2020

Export control

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:04 pm
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This package of face masks took about 40 days to reach me from my parents in Taipei.

May 21, 2020

Book challenge

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:55 am

A Facebook friend nominated me to a 7-day book challenge.
I took it but without nominating the next person so that I would not offend or spam anyone.

I am glad that I could include a diverse set of topics (computer science, finance, sci-fi, physics, history, math, art) without any serious technical/textbooks.

May 20, 2020

Adding flora to a previous drawing

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:56 pm
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During an evening walk I noticed a lone red flower sitting in the middle of a grass land, which inspired me to draw this variation.

May 18, 2020

Self pencil portrait of a profile view after failed attempts to cut my own hair

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Experimental results indicated that it is very tricky to cut my own hair for desirable outcomes, even though it is worth trying as I need to know for sure whether I could pull it off.

For the first time, I had this magic experience that a self-portrait is a dialog with oneself.

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