Confessions of a researchaholic

June 12, 2019

Quick sketch of a train passenger

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I was not sure how to properly shade volumes, especially with vector draw (large regions instead of small hatches as in raster sketch).

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Quick sketch of a train passenger

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June 10, 2019

Moon and tree

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I was locked outside home during a power outage in the evening. While waiting for the power to come back, I quickly drew the moon over the top of the tree from the garden.
I am glad that I brought my drawing pad, even though I didn’t anticipate having a chance to draw anything during the day.

Gemini dogfooding: I tried oil paint, watercolor, and soft pastel for the moon lighting, and eventually settled for simple vector graphics, which works well for a flat scene like this.

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June 8, 2019

Quick sketch of a cafe corner

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The cafe has colorful walls on the left side (mustard and wine) with soft lighting, in contrast to the bland dividing wall directly hit by the natural sunlight.
The drawing kept on looking wrong when I was doing it, but eventually I just accepted what it was. I liked it more afterwards, albeit still feeling weird about it.

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Quick sketch of a cafe corner

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Meet me half way

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Excerpt from How to Look: Art Comics by Ad Reinhardt

Viewer: ha-ha what does this represent?
Painting: what do you represent?

An abstract painting will react to you if you react to it.
You get from it what you bring to it.
It will meet you halfway but no further.
It is alive if you are.
It represents something and so do you.
You, sir, are a space, too.

Realistic paintings tell you exactly what they are, while abstract paintings invite you to think.
This applies to not only paintings but also other things, such as books and people.

June 7, 2019

Quick sketch of a young girl in a vintage dress

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who was drawing with a fountain pen after playing some jazz piano.

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I could shorten her nose a bit, but I am OK with what I could do during a live sketch in a crowded cafe.

June 4, 2019

Quick sketch of a train passenger

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The original file was lost in a Gemini crash.

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Quick sketch of a train passenger

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June 2, 2019

Two sketches of a long coat

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I artificially shortened the first sketch to fit a square canvas, and corrected the proportion in the next exercise.

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Sketching a long coat

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May 31, 2019

Quick sketch of a patting head

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On the evening train I saw a woman caressing the head of a man who slept on her shoulder.

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Patting head

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May 29, 2019

Two views of a back bench train passenger

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This passenger tended to alternate between two configurations, which I sketched back and forth accordingly.
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Two views of a back bench train passenger

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May 26, 2019

Experiment with rough/scratch pencils

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I found a cigar butt on the ground around the San Fernando light rail station on Friday May 24. It still smelled strongly 2 days after. I tried to draw the smell, but I am not sure if you can also smell it.

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Two views of a cigar butt

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Chewie is visiting for the weekend, and spent most of the time napping as usual.

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Chewie

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