Confessions of a researchaholic

January 14, 2022

The curious case of a poisoned dog

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:25 pm
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Living with my grandparents during kindergarten, one day after school, we found the house broken in, with the dog dead on the ground, poisoned, and my grandfather’s books scattered all over the place.

I don’t remember the dog’s appearance, but his dead posture looks like this lying dog drawing by Johannes Tavenraat which I referenced.

January 12, 2022

Sitting belly

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:34 pm

Depicting a pile of human flesh based on an intriguing character in Dune.

January 10, 2022


Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:57 pm

I designed this scene to combine swaying fallen leaves and rippling snows in an interesting way.

January 6, 2022

Morton salt girl

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 8:09 pm

This little girl logo on salt containers inspired me to animate it with some dynamic graphical effects (lines for rain streaks, spheres for flowing salt particles and bouncing raindrops).

January 2, 2022

Footprints in the yard

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:22 pm

Some contractor left in the yard a trash bag containing some food, which was then attacked by some wild animal, probably raccoon(s) based on the damage and the footprints which in turn inspired this motion graphics.

December 30, 2021


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 2:41 pm
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I like to walk in a cemetery; it feels serene, solemn, and prompts me to ponder life from a different perspective.

December 28, 2021

Yoshikage Kira sheer heart attack

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:49 pm

This is one of my all time most favorite manga characters.

December 26, 2021

Minna and New Montgomery

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:23 pm
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After visiting the photography section of SFMOMA while on the way for dinner pick up at North India, I noticed a street sleeper near the intersection of Minna and New Montgomery. I then spotted two more similarly-shaped entities nearby, which, upon closer examination, were a blanket and a group of trash bags at the back door of Henry’s Hunan.
I took their photos and composited into one afterwards.

December 25, 2021

Pillar of Shame, Christmas variation

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:57 pm
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Pillar of Shame, which I frequently walked by during my HKU days, has recently been demolished (CNN, BBC, Reuters).
The vulnerability of the physical sculpture as well as the coincidence of its removal with the Christmas day inspired me to draw a motion graphics that is digital (and thus harder to demolish) and hybrid (heads and bodies as Christmas tree ornaments).

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