Confessions of a researchaholic

April 30, 2019

Vector draw a cat over a photo

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I drew over a previous cat photo to experiment with abstraction. The reflection seems to work well based on only the natural shape distortion (over a car hood).

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Cold weather Sitting on a warm hood

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April 29, 2019

Sketching a dead fly

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Without a magnifying glass I might have missed some important details.

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Sketching a dead fly

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Quick sketch on a morning train

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This guy took off at Palo Alto station so I drew him mostly from visual memory.

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Quick sketch and draw a morning train passenger

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April 27, 2019

Vector draw over a photo

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I went home vector drawing over a photo.

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Vector draw over a photo https://adobe.ly/2GVRoaB

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Quick sketch in a cafe

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I did not feel particularly inspired on this day.

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Quick sketch and draw of a girl

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Quick sketch of a cafe customer

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April 24, 2019

Quick draw + sketch of a homeless evening train passenger from memory

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My brain was preoccupied by a research issue and had limited bandwidth to spot drawing subjects on the evening train, until a homeless guy boarded at the California Avenue station. Like many other homeless folks, this guy also has very unique characteristics. He moved around a lot inside the train and disembarked in the next stop (Palo Alto station) so I could only quickly sketch him from memory, followed by vector draw at home later in the night.

April 23, 2019

Experiment with vector draw over raster sketch

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Drawing vector graphics from scratch can be difficult, so I was recommended to first sketch and import as a reference for vector drawing.
The two posts below show the process in Adobe (raster) Sketch and (vector) Draw.

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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April 21, 2019

Drawing vector graphics over a photo

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Vector drawing is quite a different experience from raster sketching: precise and concise versus loose and exploratory (based on my personal experience so far).
I wonder if tracing vector contours over a photo can be an alternative beginner exercise, to focus on sourcing and abstraction before contour, space, proportion, and perspective.

April 19, 2019

Quick sketch of a bag of plant remains

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I saw this funky bag of plant remains (looks like tree leaves and branches) on my way to work and quickly drew it before being moved away by the park cleaner.

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Quick sketch of a bag of plant remains

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After looking at the photos later, I realized that ground shadow is an important visual cue to add.

Quick sketches on a morning train

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Both passengers left when I just started drawing so I had to finish from memory.

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Quick sketch of a morning train passenger

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Quick sketch of a morning train sleeper

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