Confessions of a researchaholic

January 25, 2019

Quick sketches of the day

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I had no more than a few minutes to draw each one of these moving subjects.

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Quick sketch during a discussion session

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Quick sketch of a train passenger

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Quick sketch of a train passenger

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January 24, 2019

Quick sketches on a shaky morning training

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It was difficult to even hold the pen still; fortunately, there was no time to worry about suboptimal drawings.

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Quick sketch of a sleeper on a shaky train

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Quick sketch of an ebook reader on a shaky train

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January 23, 2019

Doing projects versus developing people

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I like the technical part of Mengqi’s SIGGRAPH 2018 presentation, but even more so at the end when she talked about never giving up.

During the early stage of my research career I focused more on doing projects, but have gradually shifted more towards developing people, which I found to be an even more interesting and rewarding experience.

January 19, 2019

Memories of 4 pm to 8 pm

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Drawing from a sculpture

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Drawing from a sculpture

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Quick sketch of a cafe patron – front view

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Quick sketch of a cafe patron – side view

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Quick sketches of a cafe patron

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Quick sketch of a book reader

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Quick sketch of a diary writer

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Quick sketch of a restaurant patron

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January 9, 2019

Drawing from a head bust

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Without being able to see clear contours from this smooth object, I mis-proportion the first two drawings.

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Drawing from a head bust

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A misproportioned drawing

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This third one is better structured.

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Practice drawing from a head bust

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But not so for the next two.

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Practice drawing from a head bust

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Quick drawing from a head bust, too wide and too sad

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January 8, 2019

Quick sketches on a morning train

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When there is no time to worry about making mistakes, I act more freely.

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January 6, 2019

Practice drawing over a color background

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This one spanned several days because I had difficulty preventing my facial hatches look like facial hairs and it was in front of the CHI and SIGGRAPH deadlines.
I plan to practice hatching from 3D sculptures (e.g., in museums) next.

The blue/cyan contours are initial layouts but they provide interesting visual effects so I leave them there.

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December 30, 2018

A smiling face is a happy face

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When I started a drawing, I often have no idea if I will be able to finish it, and the intermediate process can look hopeless.
Just keep going and trust the eyes and the hands, and magic will happen.

There are nuances in the original (awesome) photo which I could not yet capture, so I plan to come back to this one later.

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A smiling face is a happy face

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Base layer

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December 29, 2018

Practice drawing a pink piggy bank

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Which I started after removing a tooth and needed some activity to divert the discomfort.

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Digital drawings by a kid

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My 6-year old niece got very interested in digital drawing after seeing me doing that.
The user interface seems intuitive enough for her to learn very quickly. She just found it weird to use the digital pen instead of her finger as an eraser.
I am observing her for informal user study (e.g. comparing physical and digital drawings for kids).

A general thought: if we want to nudge kids to do something, better to set up examples by ourselves instead of just verbal commanding.
For example, if you do not want your kids to watch TV, stop watching it yourself. And if you want them to study, sit down and read something yourself.

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Family is good – by Cindy

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Mug and laptop – by Cindy

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Desk – by Cindy

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Grandma – by Cindy

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Water cycle – by Cindy

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Dark cloud – by Cindy

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Rains – by Cindy

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