Confessions of a researchaholic

February 10, 2020

Caltrain conductor: please don’t put your feet on seats

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Sketching a morning train passenger #adobefresco

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February 9, 2020

Rodin’s hand

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I went to the Cantor arts center an hour earlier than usual, and thus had more time sketching.

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Quick sketch of Rodin’s hand #adobefresco

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February 4, 2020

Unfinished work

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A friendly of mine recently posted on FB that he liked an unfinished drawing perhaps more than had he tried to finish it.

When I started drawing about a year and half ago, I strived to finish works with polished quality.
Later, I found the intermediate progress no less interesting, and showed with the final drawings all intermediate strokes without hiding or even erasing them.

Related: one of my most favorite research papers has never officially been published anywhere.

January 23, 2020

Quick sketch of a wall lamp

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After waking up at 5:30 am today, I tried to catch an earlier train but missed it by a few minutes. The next train took around 40 minutes to arrive; meanwhile I sketched this wall lamp near the platform.

January 17, 2020

Drawing a bowl of fruits and vegetables compost

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I am on a roll of drawing food residues.

January 14, 2020

Drawing a plate of edamame shells

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This is a frequent sight of my family dinner, which I managed to draw when we sat together on the same table after a long while.

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Drawing a plate of edamame shells #adobefresco

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January 11, 2020

Touch contour exercise

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Following the instruction under “the natural way to draw”, I have been practicing touch contour, in which one fixates at the contours of a subject and synchronizes the eye gaze and hand pen movement so that they move together (i.e. the pen point should correspond to the eye point all the time) without looking at the drawing (except when backtrack from inward bending contours).
So far I have found it difficult to synchronize, as my eyes tend to saccade away frequently and my hand can go out of the boundary of the canvas.

For such exercises, it is the process, not the outcome, that matters.
Nevertheless, interesting results may appear sometimes.

I was hoping to finish a normal drawing afterwards with the same subject, but it was too dark to see anything.

January 8, 2020

Drawing a portly hand

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I felt the need to draw something before going to sleep, and recalled this visual image from a morning news post to spend some twenty minutes.

January 5, 2020

Fountain figure 4

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I saw this sculpture in Anderson collection at Stanford and captivated by its structure.
I started with the contour exercise and still found it hard to coordinate my sight and touch and finished too quickly in about 10 minutes.
I then switched to ordinary sketching for about 30 to 40 minutes.

Because it sat high on a pedestal, it was difficult to photography.

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Fountain figure 4 by Robert Graham

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January 4, 2020

Compensational drawing

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I was frustrated by the hand-eye contour coordination exercise from the natural way to draw, and compensated myself with a normal sketching of the same subject.

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Quick pencil sketch of a small statue #adobefresco

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