Confessions of a researchaholic

October 28, 2020

Prison cell visit dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:15 pm
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I visited a man in a prison cell
The man sat on a chair
With a noose hung next to him
I was supposed to talk to him
But instead started to draw him

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October 26, 2020

Crow with acorns

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:05 pm
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I used to think the acorns were dropped on the roof by the squirrels, until this afternoon when I spotted these crows, which I didn’t manage to photograph on spot but drew one later based on visual memory and online photos.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CG1U1afnQvU/

October 25, 2020

Sofa portraits

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:30 pm
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Practice quick sketches of reasonably captive subjects.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/CGyvy5QHPvl/

October 23, 2020

Lemons on a tree

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:02 pm
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I didn’t notice, until today, this lemon tree near where I have lived for almost 20 years.
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October 18, 2020

Little painter

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:06 pm
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I drew this fun exercise with reference photo(s).

I found FB an excellent venue for virtual drawing archive: unlimited storage, albums for organization, “memories” for reminding/checking progress, social sharing (or peer pressure, depending on how you look at it) for motivation, and no known privacy issue (how to target ads based on drawings, aside from generic Adobe CC subscription?).

October 16, 2020

Pineapple

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:18 pm
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These are experiments with the charcoal brushes in Fresco.

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October 14, 2020

Tree remains

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:22 pm
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I saw a newly chopped-down tree on Monday evening, came back this evening only to see its remains already cleaned away, and drew from visual memory/impression.
Interestingly, I can draw this one faster and better from memory than onsite, probably due to the mental abstraction already took place.

October 13, 2020

6 am dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:59 pm
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I remembered this dream after waking up around 6 am, but the visual memory already faded when I tried to draw it in the evening.

October 11, 2020

Cross-kneed reader

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:07 pm
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The amount of details should be proportional not only to the intended emphasis but also the unintended confidence about the specific drawing regions.
I did not have enough time to observe the legs (before they moved), and found out that they are better left only roughly sketched.

October 10, 2020

American nightmare

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:17 pm
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In nightmares, Jorge Luis Borges mentioned about the mesmerizing painting by Henry Fuseli, which inspired me to paint over my variation to reflect the current political atmosphere.

The reference image sources: incubus, statue of liberty, elephant.

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