Confessions of a researchaholic

April 11, 2019

Quick sketch of a partial face

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I could not identify a good drawing subject on the evening train, so I picked a largely occluded face and called it a day.

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April 10, 2019

Quick sketches on a Uber ride

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The evening Caltrain schedule was delayed again due to yet another trespasser incident, so I took advantage of the company commuter program for a shared Uber ride.
This is the first time I drew portraits in a moving car. Compared to trains, I can more discreetly sight fellow subjects sitting in front of me. I focused so much that I barely noticed the traffic.
I had difficulty drawing the ears when the heads were moving, and the lighting was changing.

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Quick sketch of a Uber passenger

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Quick sketch of a Uber driver

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The easiness and frequency of Caltrain suicides are alarming; if one crosses an intersection with a bullet train (no pun intended) passing at peak speed, the death is almost guaranteed.

April 9, 2019

Quick sketches during a meeting and a train ride

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Quick sketch of a facial hair

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Quick sketch of a facial hair

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Quick sketch of a boy on an evening train

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April 8, 2019

Global and local drawings

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I quickly drew a train passenger and a cafe customer.
I then tried to draw a full face before realizing that I didn’t have enough time or patience to finish it well with my current skill level, so I simplified the scope of the project (just like doing research or coding projects), a nose in this particular example.

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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Quick sketch of a cafe customer

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Quick sketch of a cafe customer

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Drawing a nose

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Drawing a nose

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April 5, 2019

Seeing the world like a kid

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When we grow up, our brains gradually develop short-cuts that can sometimes overlook interesting phenomena. The world is full of wonders if we perceive it directly, like a child, even if just for a brief moment.

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Quick sketch of a kid

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Quick sketch of a kid

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Quick sketch of a cafe customer

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The subject moved around under tricky lighting so I am not sure if I hatched the correct shading.

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April 4, 2019

Less is more

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I put too many strokes in the hair; should just sketch the boundaries among different oriented patches.

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Quick sketch of a train passenger from memory

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Quick sketch of a train passenger from memory

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April 3, 2019

Draw with eyes before hands

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Messy strokes are usual a reflection of uncertainty or exploration, such as moving subjects or difficult angles. I was able to draw more clearly today after sighting the subjects with sufficient clarity.

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Quick sketch of an evening train sleeper

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Quick sketch of an evening train sleeper

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Quick sketch of a cafe customer

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April 2, 2019

A day without finding good drawing subjects

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I had a hard time picking suitable drawing subjects during the day until I settled for this train passenger who slept soundly behind my seat.

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Quick sketch of an evening train sleeper

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Quick sketch of an evening train sleeper

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April 1, 2019

Retirement

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I am retiring from CS and spending the rest of my time sketching random people in public places.
🙂

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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Quick sketch of an evening train passenger

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Quick sketch of a cafe customer

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March 31, 2019

Drawing a garden rose

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Anything that is not a human face excuses more perceptual deviations.
This is probably the most colorful digital drawing I have done so far.

After finishing the drawing, I noticed it looks too flat. Shading volumes for colorful objects is harder than for white sculptures, which I plan to revisit.

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Drawing a garden rose

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