Confessions of a researchaholic

April 19, 2024


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:38 pm

佛曰: 一花一世界,一木一浮生, 一草一天堂,一葉一如來。

April 14, 2024

Total solar eclipse – before, during, after

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:55 pm

Attempt with simplest possible vector graphics to depict the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 that was not visible in my geographical location.

April 13, 2024


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 1:42 pm

I recorded a woodpecker pecking on a utility pole and would like to create an animated sketch in sync with the sound.
I started with a rough manual drawing by Adobe Fresco and used it as the structure reference for Adobe Firefly.
I then selected the bird as the foreground object into another layer and generatively filled the background via Photoshop.
I imported the psd file into After Effects and control the rotation of the bird via the sound of the captured video (following this example).

April 1, 2024

Street pianist

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 7:47 pm

This is an attempt to depict the visuals appearing in my mind while listening to this podcast about a guy who played the particular piano piece “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” by Ryuichi Sakamoto outdoors to express his personal and shared public sorrows.

Roughly speaking, the visuals are inspired by the scenes in the 2002 film “the pianist” but with the guy playing the piano on the street within a ruined city.
(It seems less dramatic in reality.)

I could draw the scenes out of my head but it might take too much time (which I don’t have right now), so I decided to give generative AI (in particular, Adobe Firefly) a try.

March 11, 2024

Buddha’s hand citron

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:14 pm

I received one buddha’s hand citron in this week’s food delivery, and did a quick sketch of it before zesting its unique aroma into tea, salad, and yogurt.

February 25, 2024

Voronoi cookies

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:50 pm

I placed the cookie batter drops too close to one another and they expanded into Voronoi regions during baking: photo, and the “corrected” version by ComfyUI image-to-image with (de)noise value 0.5 and v1-5-pruned-dmaonly checkpoint.

Missed opportunity

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:45 pm
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When I boarded Caltrain 313 at San Jose on Thursday February 22, 2024, I saw a guy deep in sleep with his head resting on the window. The face constituted an excellent drawing subject but I decided to finish my dinner first. Then the train conductor came to check tickets, and the guy had none and was asked to leave the train at the next stop.

Afterwards I did a quick sketch from visual impression and produced a variation via image-2-image diffusion. Neither could catch the original face which I could better capture on spot.

February 21, 2024

Visualizing dreams

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 6:19 pm
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One main reason that I would like to be able to draw is to share what I saw in my dreams which tend to be vivid and unusual. This is difficult enough due to both the required skills and the ephemeral nature of dreams. But how about visualizing other people’s dreams based on their descriptions?

February 11, 2024

Murakami monster drawing experiment

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 6:47 pm
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Based on a (human-sized) monster sculpture by Takashi Murakami that I saw in a recent exhibition I did a quick rough drawing via Fresco with outlines and color-fills in separate layers, and then fed the outlines-only and color-fills versions to an image-to-image ComfyUI workflow. The results are very interesting and capture the style of the original artist quite well.

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