An Inky Drawing – Hakea “Pin Cushion” Leaves

Hakea Pin Cushion plantA beautiful bunch of Hakea leaves were given to me by a friend; she thought I’d enjoy drawing them. So true! They have a similiar elegance to the gum leaves I recently drew. For this very quick sketch I used an Artline pen. I love how the ink lines travel in unexpected ways when I add a brush of water to them. After I scanned it in to the iPad (using the Scanner Pro app) I added a little colour (freehand) in Procreate. *This can be seen in the video below. I’ve only hinted at the flowers, as they were getting past their bloom. At their peak, they have rather fascinating shapes and colours.

An ink and art app media drawing
Beginning to add watercolour washes to the print of my artline ink drawing.

The ink in this pen is unfortunately not light fast. However, printing it with my Epson pigment ink printer, changes it into a print that it is light fast up to 50+ years. I’ve also printed the intial drawing onto a sheet of A4 Daler Rowney 300gsm watercolour paper. Now I can add washes of (good quality, fade resistant) watercolour, and have a finished work that stays around!

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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.