An Illustrated Haiku… From My “Poems from Home” Collection

Flowers in a vase

*Watercolour and black fineliner pen on paper.

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 kitchen still 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 want to get back to writing more poems…with illustrations…given time.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Watercolour on Paper – an Illustrated Haiku

Painted with watercolour onto paper, quite a few years back. From my homemade book, titled: ‘Poems from Home: a Collection of Illustrated Haiku’.

This “haiku” could be titled (as in the movie) ‘The Never Ending Story’. 🙂

However, “haiku” don’t traditionally have titles – mind you, my haiku, are not really the traditional type! More a modern day english version.

My “haiku” could be called “senryu”; and with illustrations, particularly in this collection, could be termed “haiga”.

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.

An illustrated Haiku

Painting of odd socks

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.

Have a great day!

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 a 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! 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. 🙂

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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…

Hope you feel inspired to create a “haiga”. Have a great day!