Confessions of a researchaholic

November 11, 2022

Tree face

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:33 pm

I saw a Taoist monk hidden in the tree!

November 7, 2022

Early morning dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:31 pm

I often have very vivid and strange dreams with other-worldly sights, sounds, and feels, during which my brain seems to be in a very different mental status from being awake and capable of producing novel ideas. Which made me wonder if I have tapped only a small fraction of my mental power during consciousness.

This is a dream that I partially remembered right before waking up, and quickly drew/wrote down while it was quickly fading. I completed the paintings in the evening via iterative drawing for recall.

November 5, 2022

Catching the moment

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:54 pm

Sometimes I need to draw very quickly to capture a moment of sight or mood before the memory fades. Here are two paintings of sunrise and sunset in the same day.

October 23, 2022

The 20th national congress of the CCP closing

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:42 pm
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Inspired by some recent news, I drew a quick motion graphics and shared it when the events are still fresh.

October 21, 2022

Portrait of a man whose head looks like a shumai

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:08 am

The Chinese prompt worked much less well likely due to the lack of training data.

October 17, 2022

Floor-sweeping old lady

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:19 pm

Quick gesture sketch from visual memory of a person I saw during a late afternoon walk.

October 12, 2022

I saw the moon but almost missed the cat

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:53 pm
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The round bright moon was hard to miss during my evening walk, in sharp contrast to Melon the black neighborhood cat.

October 10, 2022

Custom bone ash urn design

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:39 pm

Inspired by life vessels that mixed clay with human bone ashes, I envisioned a custom-designed urn decorated with drawings made by a different composition of bone ashes and clay over the base material.

October 7, 2022

The faces of Ruth Asawa

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:41 pm

I felt these faces making expressions when looking at them in the exhibition.

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