Confessions of a researchaholic

February 17, 2019

Quick sketch of Rodin’s head of a man with one ear

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There were less than 40 minutes until closing when I arrived at the museum, so I picked an object suitable for quick sketch.

I did not notice that the sculpture indeed has only one year until finishing the drawing and looking at the artifact title.
I plan to come back and draw from a view that show both sides of the face.

February 9, 2019

What to do during wife’s haircut

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Both took me about 1 hour before stopping for various reasons (museum closing, dinner time).
Daichi suggested me to spend more time and patience, as shown in his drawings

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Quick sketch of a sculpture

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Drawing from a magazine ad photo

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February 6, 2019

What to do during train commutes

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Sighting people is a fascinating activity on public transports.
Below is my usual procedure.

Pick a subject that seems interesting and remains relatively stationary.
The subjects may move, but often come back to the original positions or cycle through a small set of configurations while sitting on a train.
Sketch as efficiently as possible without worrying about correctness.
Avoid direct eye contacts with the subjects.

This guy asked me what the train number is, and I said 193.

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Quick sketch of a Caltrain passenger

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Quick sketch of a BART passenger

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Sketch from memory of a toddler, whose face was partially blocked by his grandmother.

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A sad-looking woman sitting with her dog looks fascinating, but the BART was too crowded for me to draw anything.
So I drew this lady with head scarf within a few seconds.

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This double-chinned girl smiled brightly while typing on her cell phone, but turned back to her laptop with a grim expression.

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What to do between conference meetings

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There were about 2 hours between my meetings in the Moscone center.
I headed to SFMOMA only to realize it closes on Weds. Fortunately, the nearby St. Patrick’s church was open, so I went in and spent about 80 minutes drawing from a sculpture.
The church was very quiet and peaceful; downtrodden people napped on the benches, tourists wandered around, and church staff cleaned the floor.
Nobody really cared what I was doing.
A girl dropped by asking me if I was drawing St. Catherine. I told her that I don’t know.

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Peaceful afternoon

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Drawing from a sculpture (St Catherine?)

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February 1, 2019

Quick sketch of a pug

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I just waited for the dog to fall sleep and remain quasi-stationary for a bit while.

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January 28, 2019

Practice drawing from a sculpture

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I abandoned a few attempts before finally finishing this one.

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Quick sketch of a train passenger from memory

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I spotted this hat-wearer on the lower deck while sitting on the upper deck.

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January 26, 2019

Quick sketch of a hummingbird

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I spotted this little guy outside my window during a computer-reminded eye break. It gave me a few seconds before flying away.

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January 25, 2019

Quick sketches of the day

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I had no more than a few minutes to draw each one of these moving subjects.

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Quick sketch during a discussion session

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Quick sketch of a train passenger

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January 24, 2019

Quick sketches on a shaky morning training

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It was difficult to even hold the pen still; fortunately, there was no time to worry about suboptimal drawings.

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Quick sketch of a sleeper on a shaky train

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Quick sketch of an ebook reader on a shaky train

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