Confessions of a researchaholic

October 28, 2020

Prison cell visit dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:15 pm
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I visited a man in a prison cell
The man sat on a chair
With a noose hung next to him
I was supposed to talk to him
But instead started to draw him

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October 26, 2020

Crow with acorns

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:05 pm
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I used to think the acorns were dropped on the roof by the squirrels, until this afternoon when I spotted these crows, which I didn’t manage to photograph on spot but drew one later based on visual memory and online photos.

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October 18, 2020

Little painter

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:06 pm
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I drew this fun exercise with reference photo(s).

I found FB an excellent venue for virtual drawing archive: unlimited storage, albums for organization, “memories” for reminding/checking progress, social sharing (or peer pressure, depending on how you look at it) for motivation, and no known privacy issue (how to target ads based on drawings, aside from generic Adobe CC subscription?).

October 16, 2020

Pineapple

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:18 pm
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These are experiments with the charcoal brushes in Fresco.

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Pineapple – charcoal #adobefresco

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Pineapple head – charcoal #adobefresco

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October 13, 2020

6 am dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:59 pm
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I remembered this dream after waking up around 6 am, but the visual memory already faded when I tried to draw it in the evening.

October 10, 2020

American nightmare

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:17 pm
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In nightmares, Jorge Luis Borges mentioned about the mesmerizing painting by Henry Fuseli, which inspired me to paint over my variation to reflect the current political atmosphere.

The reference image sources: incubus, statue of liberty, elephant.

September 28, 2020

Books-round-over-table-corner dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:43 pm
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Around 6 am September 26 I recalled this dream about a bunch of books circling over the edge of the kitchen table without falling over.

September 27, 2020

Feetcopter dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 7:10 pm
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I had this dream half a year ago on on March 27 2020.
Upside down helicopter man fly over a city.
Rotor stopped and dropped to the ground, captured by a GoPro camera.
Rescue workers brought a big net rushing towards the camera view, which I replaced by an ambulance view for easier drawing.

September 26, 2020

A day of several drawings

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:29 pm
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I remembered 3 weird dreams earlier at around 4:30 am and 6:00 am this morning, and decided to draw them out.

Before that, during an eye break, I spotted a rooftop worker.

This is the first dream, about an eel tank.

This painting is inspired by the name of a prior intern who is still collaborating with me.

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橙一藍 orange one blue #adobefresco

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September 13, 2020

Quick morphing animation exercises

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 11:22 am
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These two exercises aim to create organic morphs between simple shapes, with focus on animation instead of drawing.

During the last exercise, I found out that drawing every frame from scratch can facilitate more lively motions while copying and editing frames can produce more rigid/static effects (like in stop motion).
In this example, the left side looks like a growing plant while the right side looks like a swimming worm.

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