Confessions of a researchaholic

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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Breakfast memory – oil paint with #adobefresco

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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

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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

July 18, 2020

Mailboxes

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:13 pm
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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

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:55 pm
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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

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:31 pm
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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

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:30 pm
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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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