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.

Garlic Bulbs – Fineliner Pen Drawing, Scanned into My iPad – Then Added Paint…

Garlic bulb drawing
I began this drawing on paper, after scanning it into my iPad, I took it into “Art Set Pro” and finished it in there. I like the faint colours that crept in on the lower part of the scan. I think this drawing will print up nicely.

The other day, my husband brought in some garlic from the garden. Their tendrils and the bulbous shapes looked so attractive.  I thought…I must draw them! It was a favourite subject matter of mine years ago. This is the completed drawing above, with drawings of the various processes further along.

Garlic bulbs ink pen drawing
I used a fineliner pen on simple A4 copier paper.

So I went searching around for an ink pen; my husband handed me one, and it happened to be a favourite of mine. A simple “Artline” pen that you can get in most supermarkets. It’s been a while since I’ve used a fineliner pen – except for one in an art app.

So I did a quick fineliner pen drawing. I didn’t do a pencil sketch underneath, just raced about quickly with the pen. Then I used the “Scanner Pro” app, to scan it into my iPad. Then took it into the “Art Set Pro” app,  for some paint washes.

Thinking of it now, as this particular pen is watersoluble, I could have added some water to the lines to get a lovely inky wash. Hmm, has been a while since I drew with one (over a year), forgot about that! It was fun to use again. So much media these days to choose from; spoilt for choices!

I wrote a poem, quite a few months ago, called “Ode to My Pencils…” about a jar of brushes, pens and pencils. I said in the poem, I would see them again! I imagine, if they wonder which one next, will be taken for a spin.

I saw a beautiful ink pen and watercolour drawing recently, by a fellow artist blogger. I think it was part of the inspiration for me, to choose a pen for this drawing. You can see that particular drawing and more of her lovely artwork on her blog, Create Art Everyday (the link takes you straight to her post with the inkpen drawing). Her sunny attitude to her art and to life, is revealed in her delightful blog posts. Always a joy to read and view!

The Drawing at Various Stages

*There’s more information on the captions underneath each drawing. I draw and paint on my iPad with my finger, rather than a stylus.

Garlic bulb drawing 2
I used black paint thinned down in “Art Set Pro”. Here, you can see the edges of the scanned in drawing.
Garlic bulb drawing 3
When I used the white paint, I made it thicker; sort of like a gouache effect. Enlarged it to do some details. Smudged it a tiny bit in places. Love the look of the “Art Set Pro” layout.
Garlic bulb drawing 4
Enlarged further to make it easier for finer details. I really like this tangle of lines and the composition. I may play around with this idea, when I take it to “Photos” – enlarge, crop it and use it as a finished drawing.

Perhaps, next time you go to chop up some garlic, or other vegetables – look very closely at them; and you may see something good enough to draw as well as eat.

Happy creating, whether it’s a meal or a drawing. 🙂