Confessions of a researchaholic

November 16, 2019

Oil blocking without pencil outline

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Pencil outline is a common practice for initial exploration and planning, but could steer the attention towards contours instead of shapes.
I watched some practices using large color strokes (watercolor, oil) for initial blocking without much (if any) contours, and tried to experiment one myself.

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Try oil blocking without pencil outline #adobefresco

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November 11, 2019

Distant view of the east bay

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I did a quick landscape sketch inside the Edgewood county park in a late Sunday afternoon.

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Landscape #adobefresco

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November 9, 2019

Practice drawing from memory/imagination

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:45 pm
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as a next step from drawing with references (including live subjects and captured photographs)

November 4, 2019

Creation is a dialog

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About a decade ago, Evvia felt like a place for old people to me.
It was livelier a few days ago when I visited again.
I wondered what has changed and realized maybe I got old.

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Grill chef – oil painting #adobefresco

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Artistic creation and scientific research share many similarities, such as picking the right subject/topic, and trusting the iterative process.
When I start a research or drawing, I usually do not have a very concrete idea of what I want to do, at least for more innovative projects. (If I can see a clear road-map from the beginning, the project is incremental.)
Just start doing something, and the process will guide me.

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Stove chefs – watercolor #adobefresco

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I did not really want to draw this one but felt compelled to finish the third of the Evvia series.

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Bar area – narinder pencil sketch #procreate

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October 28, 2019

Evening train sleeper

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This dude sat across the aisle on the train. I pondered a bit whether he is interesting enough to draw as I brought my iPad to work for charging.

October 27, 2019

Night driver

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I have been fascinated by the light and shadow effects on a driver’s face at night from the passenger side view.
The stroke textures can influence the perception of the face.

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Night driver- graphite sketch #adobefresco

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Night driver – pencil sketch #adobefresco

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October 20, 2019

Cafe reader

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I pencil sketched and oil painted this composition based on two reference photos I took two days earlier. (I have yet to try physical oil paint.)
The subject came into the cafe, pretended to look at the menu on the wall, and sat down at a table to read a book.

October 13, 2019

Broken bridge

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While sitting on a tree stump to draw this broken bridge, two deers ran right pass by me.

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Sketching a broken bridge #procreate

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October 12, 2019


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:31 am

I installed and drew with Procreate last night.
In the background story, the founder said about their process of setting up Savage Interactive and developing Procreate:
“I grew up quite poor, so for me risking everything was a very natural thing. I thought, well, if it doesn’t pay off, I’ve been here before and I’ll be fine.”
(You might need to read that story from the App store as the web version might not be complete for some reason.)

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First drawing with #procreate

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October 9, 2019

Nothing is too easy or too complex to draw

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:02 pm
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A water drop can be plain or intricate depending on how we see it.

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