Confessions of a researchaholic

August 1, 2021

Akira Olympics

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:07 pm
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This is a digital painting + frame animation experiment with Fresco based on this.

July 31, 2021

Flower head baboon face

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 6:15 pm
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I am starting to experiment with augmenting sketches with real objects.

July 28, 2021

California summer rain dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:35 pm

During the early morning on July 26 2021 I dreamed about raining outside.
I couldn’t figure out exactly how to visualize the dream until I recalled an earlier conceptual depiction of the inner yard right outside the window where I slept, and simply added the raindrops via an experimental motion brush feature of Adobe Fresco.

I thought about what the shape of the raindrops should be; streamlines for motion blur? According to this article, raindrops are spheres or buns but never teardrops.

July 27, 2021

Neon office sign

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:15 pm

I drew this based on a street sight in my mind.

July 25, 2021

Baron of Dune

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:09 pm
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If I ever go to a movie theater this year it would be for watching this one on a giant screen.

July 24, 2021

Beach chairs cloth bag dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:58 am
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I was sitting alone among rows and columns of chairs on a beach, with only a sling bag of cloth with me. The sky was grey, the air had a gentle breeze, and I felt very calm.

July 22, 2021

Corn and cigarette

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:49 pm

I did this quick motion experiment while working on a Fresco prototype, inspired by this source image.

July 18, 2021

Akai bohshi

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:55 am

The lady in this (oil?) painting on a cookie box looks like a guy to me, so I set out to show you what I see via photoshop.
(I guess I was bored enough to actually do this.)

July 9, 2021

Dream recording

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:53 am
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After a semi wake-up earlier this morning I recalled a lot of interesting thoughts going on during my dream, including two research ideas (one shared with my collaborator right before writing this and another needing more thinking), a visual image of an abstract cabinet drawer, and a scene of my mother at a bus stop seeing me off to a military service.

At that moment, I pondered whether I should write these down with potential sleep disruption or continue lying down with potential risk of forgetting everything later.
Apparently this pondering made enough imprint in my memory so that, even after opting for the latter, I could still recall everything.

Most of my ideas came from my day/night dreams, apparently during relaxed rational inhibition.
Thus I always try to keep healthy and consider stress a risk factor for both my life and work.

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