Illustrated Haiku – Haiga, Process Pics, and Links to Blog/Book Publishing Sites

Drawing of Pears
This is the finished version. Tried a few things before I decided this was alright. The words are clearer on the larger pixel size work.

*I draw and paint with my finger on the screen, rather than use a stylus.

This drawing began as a quick sketch using a black “inktense” pencil. With a wet brush, I swished over it – turning it into lovely inky wash. There’s a photo here, of a tiny print version of this drawing; taken from a larger photo of some of my other prints, which I shared in a recent post.

*Pics of the processes are further along.

Looking forward to getting a set of 24 “Inktense” pencils for Christmas. 🙂

Photo of pear print
A print of my pencil drawing.

Since then, I’ve added colour to the scanned in drawing in the “Art Set Pro” app. Then I took it into the “TypeDrawing” app and added my haiku – making it into a ”haiga” or in other words, an illustrated haiku. I also put a grey border on it in the “Pic Collage” app.

Colour drawing of pears and a haiku
This is one I did along the way; wasn’t quite happy with it.

I used “alliteration” in this haiku; one of my favourite poetic devices…though it can be easily overused!

I continue my interest in “pears” as a subject matter, and word play. Here’s a link to a post from earlier this year, on these areas and also my post called “About Haiku and Tips on Writing Them”.

Since, during and before – my more formal years of art and english studies; I’ve filled numerous sketch books with my art, scribbly notes and various writings. I find blogging is another great way to keep a record of my art and words.

*Tap on a pic to enlarge them all.

An added benefit, is I can offer some information and ideas, which I hope to be helpful, for your own art and writing journey. Creating posts certainly gives me more incentive to organise my: processes, ideas and finished works, into polished and presentable formats.

One day I hope to publish some of my blog into a book – what fun!

Below are a few links to sites (out of many) that seem quite good, and can help you turn your blog into a book. I’m still keen to use the wonderful “Book Creator” app, for some of my hand made books – given time. 🙂


The Write Life – for blog and book self publishing.

FastPencil – which can help you publish your blog into a book, but is primarily about helping you self publish your manuscripts…

Have a great day!

Lemon in a Bowl – Oil Pastel Drawing and a Poem

Lemon in a Bowl

This is a drawing I did 17 yrs ago; probably around the same time I wrote the poem. I used an oil pastel resist technique. It’s framed and hanging up in our lounge room. I scanned it into my iPad with the “Pro Scanner” app, and took it into “Art Set Pro” – where I lightened the whites, (with thin white paint washes) as they had muddied a bit in the scanning process. That can happen when you scan at night; and of course a bit tricky to scan with a glass front on it.

Poem notes
Rough poem notes and sketches.

After coming across my lemon poem today, while I was looking through one of my arty/poetry folders, I thought this particular drawing, quite suited the words of this poem. So all this time later I’m marrying them together; and doing so, using technology I wouldn’t of dreamt of years ago!

This poem is a bit of a tongue twister. I used the poetic devices “alliteration” and “assonance” to get this effect.

I have many poems and sketches in my folders and filing cabinet, waiting to be polished up. I mention that on my “About” page. It’s fun to be able to do this now and share it here. My iPad, with the logitech keyboard attached, is such a delight to use and so useful for many of my art and writing purposes.

I’ll post another drawing/painting of a lemon soon, that I did on the weekend. It began on paper like my garlic drawing and ended up in the “Art Set Pro” app. This poem and drawing met up today, and they have snuck in before it. 🙂

Have a great day.