Confessions of a researchaholic

July 31, 2020

Decomposition

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:48 pm
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The disintegration of a dead body is its reintegration back to the nature, and inspires me to decompose my sketching.

July 29, 2020

Library outdoor pickup

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:30 pm
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I walked up to the wait area, told the librarian my name, and received the book in a shopping bag.

July 28, 2020

Gift from the cat

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:02 am
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The neighborhood black cat seemed to express his affinity by occasionally laying dead rats around the house.
I spotted this one in the backyard earlier this morning, but it disappeared when I tried to draw it in the evening; fortunately I have a reference photo taken earlier for backup.

July 26, 2020

Memory of a silverfish 衣魚

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:55 pm
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I spotted a silverfish in the morning, which reminded me of those I constantly saw in my grandfather’s numerous ancient Chinese texts, which he refused to throw away any despite repeated demands from my grandmother. (Is this house for people or books to live in? 這房子是給人還是給書住的?)

He started to teach me classical Chinese when I was in kindergarten, and told me several important and unconventional lessons, such as: do not trust everything in the history books, better to beat others with my brain instead of my fists, and never let others control my thoughts and actions.

July 25, 2020

Breakfast memory

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:40 pm
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I drew from visual memory a cut avocado that has been a regular part of my breakfasts.

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July 24, 2020

Lack of energy

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:23 pm
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I did not bring out the underlying energy in this exercise of sketching secondary dynamic effects, and thus most of them look lethargic.

July 23, 2020

Hand steadiness experiment

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:47 pm
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I drew two circles by my left and right hands with onion skinning over multiple frames, and observed the circular animation caused by unsteady hand motions.

July 22, 2020

Lonely excavator claw

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:22 pm
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I saw this excavator claw sitting alone on the road side a few days ago, and walked back to sketch it.
The road is meandering and thus the car traffic can be a bit dangerous for pedestrians.
Fortunately, I can stand on the down-wind side of the claw, under the protection of its size and weight.

July 20, 2020

Road roller

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:08 pm
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I saw this road roller parked at the corner of a nearby fire station, which has a nice low wide stone wall for me to sit comfortably while sketching.
The connectors between the wheel/drum axes and the body seemed obstructive while on site, so I skipped them but found them pivotal for the structure and composition after the first drawing.
I came back to add the connectors the next evening.

July 19, 2020

Mamba graduation wine bottle

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:46 pm
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This is my first graphic design, to celebrate the graduation of my last HKU PhD student who derived her nickname from the black mamba.
(I managed to help her publishing top papers but not converting her from LAL to GSW.)

Source svg file

Inspiration:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CCvFXuEpjPD

Source graphics:
wine bottle
graduation hat
the black mamba

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