Confessions of a researchaholic

September 18, 2023

Wingless fly

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:32 pm

Ever since I was a kid I liked to catch a fly live, carefully remove its wings, and observe it crawling around.

For this one, I use Adobe Firefly to generate the background compost image consisting of banana peels, mandarin peels, and egg shells, and then draw and animate the fly on top of it.

September 15, 2023

Met invitation envelope

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:36 pm
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I don’t know why a museum in NY would want to invite someone living in CA to be a member – maybe there are CA folks who spend weekends in NY?
But the photo on the envelope did give me some visual idea about how things might move there.

September 10, 2023

Path-in-place effect

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:29 pm

Also known as zero-velocity path, this is a feature in Adobe Fresco that allows the creation of a path as a single point, so that the corresponding graphical sprite is not moving but can vary in other ways such as size and orientation.

Dress profile

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:28 pm

When I first saw this dress image in a thumbnail I thought it is a profile drawing only to find out it is actually not upon enlarging, but the idea of how much a profile view can convey the style of a dress (or many other things) stuck in my mind and I drew it here.

The scythe of time

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:58 pm

After hiking in a nearby county park my heart seemed to have decided that it did not need to pump for more than 36 beats per minute while I was serenely reading Poe’s “the scythe of time” only to be interrupted by a buzz warning from my fitness tracker.

September 6, 2023

Visual field test

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:28 pm
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After conducting some research in visual perception I went to an eye institute for potential bugs in my visual system.

September 5, 2023

Caltrain passengers

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:46 pm

I took a slower train to work this morning, which moved more stably and thus allowed me to draw more stably as well.

Recently I felt more spontaneity with these impromptu mobile phone drawings while stuck with attempts for more ambitious drawings on a tablet.
Maybe I just need to lower my expectation and go with the flow.

August 28, 2023


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:10 pm

I saw some beautiful sunsets recently but could not manage to paint them to my satisfaction so I took a photo instead and drew over it.
I enlarged the moon for emphasis, but had some difficulty drawing the craters and eventually I switched to an old face reflecting a second meaning of sunset.

August 27, 2023

Flying low

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:18 am

I felt a bit sleep on a late Sunday morning while reading that paper about AI consciousness and authored this motion graphics over this photo I saw a few days ago to reenergize my mind.

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