Confessions of a researchaholic

July 18, 2020

Mailboxes

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I was trying to draw a temple building but lacked enough time before the evening closure, so I switched to another nearby scene.

July 17, 2020

How to choose faculty jobs for research universities

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The first rule, which you will also hear from others, is to choose a place that can attract top graduate students whom you can work with, because that is the main attraction for being a professor in a research university.

After that, consider other factors, like funding and geography (and thus why I went to HKU as a professor).

July 16, 2020

草草了事 undeleted from a restless afternoon

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I was trying to sketch Dona Arguello‘s statue from a sliver of shaded area in a hot afternoon but could not gather enough interest within the allocated half hour, so I deleted the file, but restored it to continue from memory at home.

July 15, 2020

Dragon fruit peel

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After eating the dragon fruit, I drew its peel to memorize it.

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Dragon fruit peel – oil paint via #adobefresco

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July 13, 2020

Pencil and pen sketch of an unlit corner after sunset

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I went out after 8 pm to this interesting and yet unlit corner of my neighborhood, to force myself to either draw quickly before it was too dark and/or finish the rest from visual memory back home.

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July 10, 2020

Hand exercise pine cone

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When I picked up this pine cone it was still oozing sap, and has remained on my desk as an aroma source and hand exercise instrument.

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✋ exercise pinecone #adobefresco

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July 6, 2020

Sitting across from the black cat opposite a glass panel

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:00 pm
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The neighborhood black cat often came to visit.
The sketch is a composition based on two photographs.

July 4, 2020

Drawing a composition of evening sun and moon

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This composition is astronomically implausible (unless there are multiple suns above the horizon) but I felt like doing it after seeing the evening sun and moon at opposite ends of the sky.

July 3, 2020

Sketching after a photo of a sketching scene

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My father shared some photographs of this drawing scenes, which I could draw from and connect to his works and travels.

July 1, 2020

A spider on a flower

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:47 am
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A spider, resting on a lamp shade, scurried away after being gently poked by me to see if it was still alive.

This exercise aimed to reproduce my impression of its movement, but over a flower as captured by an earlier photograph of another spider instead of the lamp shade.

I drew the flower and the spider in multiple layers via Fresco, exported the pdf file to Illustrator to animate the spider via puppet warp, and assembled the final video from the individual spider layers/frames along with the flower.

Even with puppet warp, the authoring process still involved tedious manual repetitions, which can be alleviated by autocomplete.

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Painting a spider on a flower #adobefresco

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