Confessions of a researchaholic

December 21, 2021

Video texture

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:19 pm

I captured this raw video of spatial-temporal light patterns and stabilized it via Ae.

January 16, 2021

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Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:03 pm
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December 23, 2020

Unnatural selection

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:28 pm

One day, we will be able to program genomes for purposes good or bad.

December 15, 2020

Self reflection

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:16 pm

I spotted this intriguing reflection off a large glass wall and took a photo for potential drawing reference, but have yet to figure out what to do.

July 27, 2019

Digital graffiti experiment

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:33 am
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I like this wall painting at the north-west corner of the 8th and Hope street intersection, and decided to try a digital Banksy.
The wings are too low for their size and span, so anatomically the carrier needs to be very stout. (The original reference is a much taller and thinner person.)

December 11, 2018


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 1:40 pm

If there were a superman/superwoman I would expect him/her as benign to us as we to other life forms on earth or even towards one another historically.

Regarding good versus bad aliens, one of my most favorite movies is The Thing (1982), which I found to be much more convincing than E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial released in the same year.

November 11, 2018

Quick sketches during a concert performance

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:12 pm
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Drawing can still divert my attention away from the music, so I should focus on the concert next time.
Dvorak never bores.

September 20, 2018


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:47 am
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While trying to draw a child, I realized that it would require shape and shading, which I have yet to master, in addition to contours, which I have been focusing on so far.
So I switched to a movie still that I liked a lot and is easier to draw from – a half covered face with plenty contours.


September 16, 2018

Stanford men’s toilet building

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:25 pm
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Adjacent to the Stanford memorial church sits a single floor building, a grand hall of men’s restroom.
At late Saturday afternoon nobody was inside; I can stand right at the entrance to draw the entire scene. But that might be weird even by Stanford standard, so I took a photo and drew from it later.

My focus is the glow at the ceiling light, applying (high dynamic) range compression, or tone mapping, so that I can keep both the glow and the walls in the same blank color.

I started with global guidelines, but after finishing the drawing noticed a glaring omission.
See if you can spot from the drawing and comparing it with the photo, before my answer below.

I did not place the horizontal guidelines connecting the left and right stall rows, and thus the left row appears shorter than the right row.

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