This is from my handmade book, “Poems from Home: A Collection of Illustrated Haiku”. I’ve shared quite a few here already, with still more to come. I wrote and drew them about 15 years or so ago, during the very busy days of bringing up four lively and lovely boys – young men now.
I had a sort of a map of them on the wall in the kitchen; shaping and fine tuning the words and pics, in between cooking, doing dishes, and so many other things – and these everyday scenes mostly feature in them.
The kitchenstill sometimes serves as a studio for my art and words. (Ahh… a sliver of alliteration in this last line, and a little lick of it in this line, as well)
As each poem and illustration were designed to be presented together, I think they could also be called a “haiga”.I wantto get back to writing more poems…with illustrations…given time.
Playing with words, and illustrating is all good fun; and descriptive terminoligy can be helpful, as long as it’s not too prescriptive, or for that matter restrictive. Before, I start “alliterating” or something, I better be off, plenty of washing still awaits my attention.
Another one of my illustrated haiku, from my home made book, “Poems from Home: A Collection of Illustrated Haiku”. I painted this in watercolour, on paper; and also used a fineliner pen. I wrote and painted these works, quite a few years back.
I’m not sure where the original watercolour of this one has got to! So I had to scan this in from a colour print, from one of my home made books. If you are interested in writing haiku, and unsure of where to begin, you may find my post, “About Haiku and Tips on writing them” helpful.
*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. Witha 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. 🙂
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.
I used “alliteration”in this haiku; one of my favourite poetic devices…though it can be easily overused!
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! Love books!
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. 🙂