Confessions of a researchaholic

December 3, 2018

Integrity, intelligence, and energy

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:48 am
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Warren Buffett once said to look for three qualities for people to work with: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And without the first one, the other two will kill you.

However, history is full of people who committed grave atrocities due to lack of intelligence, even with good intention and integrity. And I have witnessed people causing less damages who are not as dangerous but still annoying.

Thus, lacking intelligence is no less dangerous than lacking integrity. Avoid such people as much as possible.

December 2, 2018

Portrait practice from a movie still

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:35 pm
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I decided it is about time to go back to the instruction book to follow planned exercises. (As a student, I seldom followed guidance before sufficient self-exploration.)
The next practice is proportioning a frontal face, so I picked a movie still of an actress whose quarter profile I had difficulty with earlier. (I will come back to that exercise later.)

I hope to capture the feeling better with subtler shading (e.g. smiling with the cheeks), but I ran out of patience and had to go out for dinner.

PS: it is better to practice portraits starting from subjects outside personal social circles.

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December 1, 2018

Practice drawing a half-shadowed face

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:16 pm
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This is a face with fascinating contrasts: light and shadow, young and mature, beauty and menace.

My original goal is to practice depicting the shadowed side with minimal amount of details.
Then, during the drawing, I encountered great difficulty capturing the unique identify of the face after 3 nights and 1 morning. It has a fascinating combination of a juvenile face laced with mature features such as plump lips, wearing a delicate and yet sorrowful, vengeful expression.

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