Confessions of a researchaholic

September 14, 2019

Head of Pierre de Wissant, burgher of Calais

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After the summer heat and before the winter rain, autumn is a good season to spend weekend evenings at the Stanford Rodin garden.
His dark bronze sculptures are hard to draw though; I had a great deal of difficulty with the eye sockets for this one.

Needle through brick

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A master of a traditional art form recently told me that nowadays it is becoming harder to find apprentices with required patience and will power to really learn the craft, probably due to the modern lifestyle accelerated by modern technology, such as social media and mobile devices.
He was considering modifying the curriculum to fit this modern world.

I have the opposite opinion. I will keep the bar as high as possible so that only the most motivated and talented will come to me.
千軍易得一將難求

September 8, 2019

Digital oil painting experiment

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This is a caricature/stylization of a real object.

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Oil painting a flower vase

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September 6, 2019

Mistake of the day

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I mistakenly did a sudo “chown -R $USER $HOME” under Ubuntu, which trapped me into a login loop.
When I Ctrl-Alt-F3 into the machine, I found out that I cannot edit any files, even though the permissions look the same (“sudo echo $USER” will still return my original user name).
So I have to redo the above chown command with my plain user name and home path (no variable substitution).

September 3, 2019

Finger sketches over different devices

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September 1, 2019

Finger + pencil sketching

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In this series of quick exercises, I finger-sketched on my moto x4 of what I saw on the BART trains/stations, and penciled over on my iPad the next day.
For some reason, the files are separated for Android and iOS, even though they all have the same sizes (large portrait photo) and present on my creative cloud.

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Quick finger + pencil sketch of a hairstyle

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Quick finger + pencil sketch of a head

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Quick finger + pencil sketch of a profile

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Quick finger + pencil sketch of a round belly

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