Confessions of a researchaholic

March 11, 2019

Quick sketch of a train passenger

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The evening train was delayed by about 15 minutes. After getting on the train I walked through all the car cabins to identify interesting drawing subjects.

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Quick sketch of a train passenger

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March 10, 2019

Drawing from a magazine photo

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The strong lighting contrast on the face can help practice hatching and shading, but I completely failed to depict the cute subject; will revisit.

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March 3, 2019

Drawing a dead spider found at the bottom of a bathtub

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The spider is about the size of a dime and I do not have a magnifying glass around, so I observed it in close distance before started drawing.

February 28, 2019

Reviewer toughness score

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“Your reviewer toughness score is 20%. This means that 20% of the time you gave lower scores than the other reviewers of the submissions you reviewed. Reviewers are encouraged to maintain a toughness score closer to 50% so that they are working on roughly the same scale. You may want to update your reviews with this in mind.”

I wonder what is going to happen if all reviewers actually try to reach the 50% toughness level. Meanwhile, I will maintain my independent opinions.

February 24, 2019

Quick sketch of the Alsatian orphan by Rodin

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This is a very impressive sculpture, especially given that Rodin made it from memory. My drawing is far less impressive, even from my beginner standard. I plan to revisit this one again.

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February 21, 2019

Quick sketch of a morning train passenger

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February 19, 2019

Quick sketches on a morning train

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Due to the need to ensure the dog I am sitting for a friend performed the morning biological dumps in both solid and liquid forms, I got on the train one second before the door closed.

I spotted this guy standing on the Palo Alto Caltrain station platform, and had only a few seconds to draw before the train departed.

I had a few more minutes drawing this girl sitting a few rows in front of me.

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February 17, 2019

Quick sketch of Rodin’s head of a man with one ear

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There were less than 40 minutes until closing when I arrived at the museum, so I picked an object suitable for quick sketch.

I did not notice that the sculpture indeed has only one year until finishing the drawing and looking at the artifact title.
I plan to come back and draw from a view that show both sides of the face.

February 9, 2019

What to do during wife’s haircut

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Both took me about 1 hour before stopping for various reasons (museum closing, dinner time).
Daichi suggested me to spend more time and patience, as shown in his drawings

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Quick sketch of a sculpture

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Drawing from a magazine ad photo

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February 7, 2019

Imposter syndrome

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A colleague recently told me that he felt like being an imposter in our lab. I was surprised because in my view he has been very successful all around.

Many members of our research community feel likewise and need to shore up their facades. I guess we can all relax a bit once we realize everyone else is just like us.

Or you can be like me, too insensitive or self-absorbing to really care what others think about us. (I still pretend I do, mostly to fit in.)
🙂

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