Confessions of a researchaholic

February 28, 2021

Cookies bag

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:00 pm
Tags: , ,

I drew the empty bag after eating the last cookie.

Straight strokes

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:55 pm
Tags: , ,

For some mental or physical reasons, I lack control for hand strokes.
As a little kid, I was told by the school teachers that my handwriting was so bad that it will dim my future.
But that shortly became a moot point right before I started programming on computers.

A few decades later, when I started to pick up drawing, one of the first instruction books advocates practicing straight strokes before anything else, which paused my progress for years as I never have the patience for rote practice.
I later switched to another book that emphasizes natural contours, which jump-started my drawing progress.

I still cannot control hand-strokes at this moment of writing, but that doesn’t seem to matter, and I haven’t even turned on automatic stroke smoothing common in drawing applications.

Advices can help, but only combined with our own unique situations.

February 25, 2021

Deep nostalgia

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:37 pm

Some of these face-related algorithms based on machine learning/vision can be Turing tests for portrait drawing skills.

February 22, 2021

Standing cabinet

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:15 pm
Tags: , ,

I saw this standing cabinet on the roadside a few days back, and it was gone today when I walked past the same spot.

February 21, 2021

Free lemons

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:01 pm
Tags: , ,

I took one, and it has a tinge of wood in the taste and smell.

February 20, 2021

Empty milk carton

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:38 pm
Tags: , ,

Careful observation can reveal hidden intrigues of mundane objects.

February 19, 2021

Baggy dress

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:17 am
Tags: , ,

I draw what I (want you to) see, no more, no less.

February 18, 2021

Pricing bananas

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:28 pm

I noticed widely different prices of bananas across groceries in my neighborhood:

Trader Joe’s (Menlo Park): $0.19 each (regular)
Whole Foods (RWC): $0.69 per lb (organic)
Key Markets (RWC): $0.99 per lb (regular)
Roberts Market (Woodside): $1.29 per lb (regular)

Which made me wonder how groceries set up prices in general.

Wrapped chocolate truffle

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:11 am
Tags: , ,

Folds and wraps can form intriguing patterns and shapes.
This chocolate truffle is wrapped in a specular BRDF making it hard to see the underlying contours.

Next Page »

Theme: Rubric. Get a free blog at