Confessions of a researchaholic

January 11, 2020

Touch contour exercise

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Following the instruction under “the natural way to draw”, I have been practicing touch contour, in which one fixates at the contours of a subject and synchronizes the eye gaze and hand pen movement so that they move together (i.e. the pen point should correspond to the eye point all the time) without looking at the drawing (except when backtrack from inward bending contours).
So far I have found it difficult to synchronize, as my eyes tend to saccade away frequently and my hand can go out of the boundary of the canvas.

For such exercises, it is the process, not the outcome, that matters.
Nevertheless, interesting results may appear sometimes.

I was hoping to finish a normal drawing afterwards with the same subject, but it was too dark to see anything.

January 8, 2020

Drawing a portly hand

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I felt the need to draw something before going to sleep, and recalled this visual image from a morning news post to spend some twenty minutes.

January 5, 2020

Fountain figure 4

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I saw this sculpture in Anderson collection at Stanford and captivated by its structure.
I started with the contour exercise and still found it hard to coordinate my sight and touch and finished too quickly in about 10 minutes.
I then switched to ordinary sketching for about 30 to 40 minutes.

Because it sat high on a pedestal, it was difficult to photography.

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Fountain figure 4 by Robert Graham

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January 4, 2020

Compensational drawing

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I was frustrated by the hand-eye contour coordination exercise from the natural way to draw, and compensated myself with a normal sketching of the same subject.

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Quick pencil sketch of a small statue #adobefresco

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January 1, 2020

Sidetracked from physical to digital

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I was sharpening a drawing pencil pondering what I should draw, and found the setup intriguing and ended up drawing it on an iPad.

December 31, 2019

Pocket-size watercolor

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My dad gave me a watercolor sketch book and a watercolor paint set, both in pocket size.

This is the first pencil sketch and watercolor experiment.

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Pocket size watercolor sketch book

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I did another watercolor for a guava. My dad said I approached watercolor with many dense strokes, and showed me how to use a sparse set of quick, watery strokes.

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Physical watercolor experiment

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December 29, 2019

Some good stuff in Taiwan compared to the US

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Every time I traveled to another country (Taiwan at this moment of writing) I almost always observed something nice that I wish could exist in my current resident country (which would be the US right now).

The top item will be medical service, always.
With a universal health insurance, you only have a small amount of out-of-pocket co-payment and hospitals (for non-serious issues) are as common as convenient stores.
But that has been the case since decades ago.
A few relatively newer things I noticed are:

Have you ever had difficulty finding your cars in a large parking area?
Some parking garages in Taiwan already have systems to automatically scan the license plate of your car when it enters, guide you through available spaces, and tell you where your car is when you access the pay kiosk. (I could imagine a mobile app version.)

There is this company, Owndays, which can make eyeglasses on-site in about 20 minutes, from measurement to lens making and glass fitting, with very reasonable price.
In the US, even with Warby Parker, you would still wait for days.

December 28, 2019

Analogy of blog versus social network

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Social networks are like loud parties, blogs are like quiet libraries.

December 27, 2019

A shrimp dish

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Someone commented that the shrimp doesn’t seem very appetite, but the lemon is crisp and eye-catching.
Then I realized that I should add more highlights to the shrimp to make it appear fresher and oilier.

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A shrimp dish – watercolor #adobefresco

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December 25, 2019

Portrait painting from memory

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I saw this face sitting opposite to me on a metro train, and drew it from memory after coming home.

Drawing from memory is the next step after drawing from sighting, with the additional involvement of (long term) visual memory.

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Oil painting a face from memory #adobefresco

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