Confessions of a researchaholic

September 9, 2018

Airplane, drawing from a photo

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I focused more on the frontal building facade to improve the perspective issue in my previous drawing, using another photograph that has no foliage to divert my attention.

I marked the two vanishing points to begin with, both in the wrong locations.
The one on the sky should be more on the left but I adjusted it rightward a bit to have more converging window rows.
The left horizon vanishing point is outside the photo frame, so I fitted it back into the drawing canvas.

September 8, 2018

Airplane, drawing from a photo

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:05 am
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Looking upward towards buildings is a classical exercise to practice perspective. It took me a while to plan the vanishing point at the sky and the corresponding vanishing lines of the building contours.
I did not do so for the horizontal vanishing points/lines because I was bored after spending over one hour and I would like to work on the foliage on the left side.
As a result, the windows are incorrectly structured and gave the impression that the building facades were made of crumpling papers.

Spot drawing was infeasible for this one; the airplane flew by in seconds and the weather was hot and bright at noon.

I have another airplane fly-by photograph to practice.
My goal is to correctly structure the windows without getting bogged down by details. For example, outline contours instead of detailing individual windows.

Culture throwback: an overhanging warplane is a popular motif in Japanese manga like Akira and ghost in the shell. I plan to draw one as well.

September 7, 2018

Photographic drawing

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:57 pm
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Daichi and I spent the entire noon hour taking photos around.
There are similarities between drawing and photography in both goal and process: observation, selection, framing, and composition.
Photography by itself is a faster and less flexible means to record and convey visual impression.
However, it can serve as visual memory for later drawing, relaxing space and time constraints.
For example, I am not fast enough to catch a fly-by airplane via spot drawing, so a photograph can help.

I have enough footage for at least a month’s worth of drawing, even if I draw every day.
I will gradually post up my progress.

May 6, 2018


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:19 pm
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As an interesting coincidence, after finishing a privacy training I watched this movie.

“I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten even by God.” – Robert Browning

January 28, 2018

The last one to watch the last Jedi?

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:02 pm

I finally watched the latest Star Wars movie on Sunday night. Avoiding spoilers is a good practice in discipline.

The movie is highly entertaining and has this tinge of smacking the tradition. But I still prefer the original series and even the prequels which are telling the background story of Darth Vader, the most important character of the entire Star Wars universe. The Force Awakens is refreshing, but I am not sure what The Last Jedi is trying to achieve in terms of the story line.

October 29, 2017


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:16 am

VR space warp is interesting and challenging enough, but VR time warp appears even more so.
At least I have no idea how to achieve that for the next SIGGRAPH project.

April 12, 2017

Jedi academy memorabilia

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February 14, 2017

Ghost in the Shell

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:20 pm

There is a peculiar kind of pleasure for senior people to reminisce their junior experiences, as I discovered after getting older.

The first trailer closely matches the original anime, which is also available on Netflix.

Like many contemporary Japanese anime, the story can be confusing for people not familiar with the genre. But it seems quite clear from the second trailer, and different from the original story.

Race can be a sensitive issue for Hollywood, but watch how the Japanese react to the casting of this movie. This should be no surprise for people who understand the Japanese culture in general.

March 1, 2016

What if General Skywalker never becomes Darth Vader

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:35 am

Fortunately for us, he did.

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