Confessions of a researchaholic

April 12, 2019

Digital artist

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A guy boarded at the Palo Alto Caltrain station and sat in the line of sight between me and my drawing subject a few rows away. After being assured that I was not drawing him and excited about our common profession in digital art, he enthused his experience about being one of the first artists using Photoshop and other tools, nearby art gallery sponsorship, etc.

After disembarking the train, I finished the original drawing from memory (notice the inconsistent perspectives and such).

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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April 11, 2019

Quick sketch of a partial face

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I could not identify a good drawing subject on the evening train, so I picked a largely occluded face and called it a day.

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Quick sketch of a partial face

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April 10, 2019

Quick sketches on a Uber ride

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The evening Caltrain schedule was delayed again due to yet another trespasser incident, so I took advantage of the company commuter program for a shared Uber ride.
This is the first time I drew portraits in a moving car. Compared to trains, I can more discreetly sight fellow subjects sitting in front of me. I focused so much that I barely noticed the traffic.
I had difficulty drawing the ears when the heads were moving, and the lighting was changing.

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Quick sketch of a Uber passenger

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Quick sketch of a Uber driver

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The easiness and frequency of Caltrain suicides are alarming; if one crosses an intersection with a bullet train (no pun intended) passing at peak speed, the death is almost guaranteed.

April 9, 2019

Quick sketches during a meeting and a train ride

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Quick sketch of a facial hair

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Quick sketch of a facial hair

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Quick sketch of a boy on an evening train

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April 8, 2019

Global and local drawings

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I quickly drew a train passenger and a cafe customer.
I then tried to draw a full face before realizing that I didn’t have enough time or patience to finish it well with my current skill level, so I simplified the scope of the project (just like doing research or coding projects), a nose in this particular example.

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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Quick sketch of a cafe customer

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Drawing a nose

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Drawing a nose

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April 5, 2019

Seeing the world like a kid

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When we grow up, our brains gradually develop short-cuts that can sometimes overlook interesting phenomena. The world is full of wonders if we perceive it directly, like a child, even if just for a brief moment.

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Quick sketch of a kid

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Quick sketch of a kid

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Quick sketch of a cafe customer

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The subject moved around under tricky lighting so I am not sure if I hatched the correct shading.

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April 4, 2019

Less is more

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I put too many strokes in the hair; should just sketch the boundaries among different oriented patches.

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Quick sketch of a train passenger from memory

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April 3, 2019

Draw with eyes before hands

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Messy strokes are usual a reflection of uncertainty or exploration, such as moving subjects or difficult angles. I was able to draw more clearly today after sighting the subjects with sufficient clarity.

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Quick sketch of an evening train sleeper

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Quick sketch of a cafe customer

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April 2, 2019

A day without finding good drawing subjects

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I had a hard time picking suitable drawing subjects during the day until I settled for this train passenger who slept soundly behind my seat.

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Employee experience

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During my lunch people watching in the sandwich place, the lady waiting for her food across from the table started to chat with me.
She was entirely smooth in starting the conversation (along the line of: your lunchbox looks cool) and talking about other topics like office location and work division. She is part of employee experience which explains her style and skill. All I needed to do was to ask her the same questions.

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