Confessions of a researchaholic

June 26, 2020

Sketch a towel-wrapped head in multiple views

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I have been wanting to draw this for a while and finally managed to do it.
Picking a familiar subject could force me to spend more efforts in resemblance which might not be the key point or intention of the drawing.

June 23, 2020

Anniversary dinner

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The appetizers (corn mezzaluna, Spanish mackerel) and entrees (striped bass, duck breast) were pretty light until the chocolate souffle, which was much more fulfilling than the size would suggest and continued to roll in my stomach until deep into the night.

Drawing helped me to not only remember the experience (than, say, photography) but (counter-intuitively) also better engage in conversation.

This is my last celebratory meal before I manage to regenerate a losing body part considered to be irreversible by all doctors I have consulted so far.

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June 20, 2020

Charcoal sketch of a neighborhood cat

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The black neighborhood cat visited again, which I watched through the front door glass for a bit while and drew the impression with the new charcoal brush in Fresco.

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Charcoal experiment with #adobefresco

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June 18, 2020

Hong Kong weather skyline

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I drew this 3×1 watercolor inspired by Yilan Chen’s Instagram photos.

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Before a thunderstorm. #weather

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After raining. #weather

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June 15, 2020

A day of errands

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A pile of earth
A physical exam
A carton of eggs
A job training
A PhD defense

June 14, 2020

Drawing my favorite view of the bay

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This is my first drawing of the view from this spot which I often come to relax my mind and body.

June 13, 2020

Quick ink-pen sketch of a dead mosquito

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I noticed this little black spot on the white carpet.
The (iPad) camera can capture the details better than my naked eyes.
I removed the dead mosquito afterwards.

June 10, 2020

Onsite drawing of a back building view

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Thanks to a not-yet-ready for pick-up dinner order, I finally got a chance/excuse to draw this back-building view that I found intriguing during my morning train station waits but without enough time to draw.

It was a serene drawing process, accompanied by sounds from train horns and chats of nearby street folks.

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How to pick up drawing

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I skipped most of my art classes in school because I considered it a soft skill less useful than math and science.
Decades later I realized that art can be a good complement to my research and help me relax and create.
Fortunately, unlike languages, I have found drawing quite learnable as an adult, if one is willing to spend enough time practice and experiment.

For beginners, I recommend Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards as a starting guide book.
Practice the exercises as much as you can, and treat the cognitive aspect (e.g., left versus right brain) more from the art than the science side.

I am still learning, and will update this post along the way.
You can see my progress under my blog (which links to Instagram), Pinterest (which links to Behance), and Facebook.

June 7, 2020

End of consumer toilet paper shortage?

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Just a few weeks ago the US was suffering from a shortage of consumer toilet papers, so I was a bit surprised to see a pack of unopened toilet papers marked as free on top of a garbage pile while walking in the neighborhood on Sunday evening.
I wonder if that is a sign that the toilet paper production has finally ramped up?

June 5, 2020

Quick onsite sketch of a bench in a temple garden

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The spot around this bench offers good views from several angles.

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Quick onsite sketch of a bench #adobefresco

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Sharing materials under review for job applications

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Question from someone about to graduate with a PhD:
Do you think I can reach out with our paper draft and videos to profs for postdocs? It’s still under review, but I kinda need to send the paper to make my case, and can’t wait any longer.

This is always a yes and no question and we have to make our own judgement. On one hand, we don’t want to let potential reviewers and recruiters feel that we are compromising review anonymity, which can hurt our paper submissions and job applications. On the other hand, we do want to present ourselves in the best possible way.

I never have this problem personally, as during my job hunts so far I have shared only public domain information.
However, if I have to add confidential materials (e.g., under peer reviews or patent applications), I will share vague information, such as an alternative paper titles with high level descriptions and a disclaimer that the work is under evaluation, and let the recruiters decide whether they want to ask for more.

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