Confessions of a researchaholic

July 10, 2024

DMV visit

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:17 pm
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As most people do, I tried to avoid visiting DMVs as much as possible. But I had to today after my last visit more than two decades ago (when getting my driver’s license).

Even though I still spent more than an hour for the whole process, the experience turned out to be more positive than I anticipated. The receptionist was very pleasant and smiling all the time, and the agent who handled my case was very efficient.
A DMV reflects America quite well: diverse, chaotic, and somehow still mostly functional.

I believe (or at least hope) that my experience would apply to anyone who has followed the online preparation process before their physical visit.

And while waiting, I managed to draw a few sketches from my observations of folks around me (and there would be no shortage of all kinds of people inside a DMV as you can imagine).

July 9, 2024

Sprinkler-induced rainbow

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 6:15 pm
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It was quite pleasant to feel the sprinkler and see the rainbow it induced during a heat wave. From the captured photo I tried to convey the heat and color at the moment with a generative video.

June 30, 2024

Purple and orange flowers combination

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:34 pm
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Saw this nice combination of coastal pig-face and African flag plants a few weeks earlier and finally managed to draw my impression with vector brushes.

June 23, 2024

Pholcidae (cellar spider) geometry

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:37 pm

Spotted this dead cellar spider which folded itself in an intricate geometric shape.

June 22, 2024


Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 7:48 pm

June 18, 2024

Cherry twig

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:10 pm
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Spotted this cherry twig on the sidewalk and decided to draw it.

June 2, 2024

Rock rose custom brush

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:52 pm

From the rock rose photo I created a custom brush via Adobe Capture, which automatically goes into my Creative Cloud library and can be used in Fresco.
It felt satisfying to roll and drag the rose brush around.

May 24, 2024

Leg cramp exercise dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:49 pm
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I dreamed about doing some footwork exercises on early morning in May 23 2024 and ended up waking up with a severe leg cramp.

May 17, 2024

Plestiodon barbouri

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:46 pm
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Spotted this blue-tailed skink around my neighborhood that is supposed to be endemic to the Ryukyu Islands in Japan.

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