March 1, 2011
Haiga 524 Mark Brooks haiku 2
Haiku by Mark Brooks. Artwork by myself.
This haiku won the 1st. Prize in 5th Mainichi Contest International Section (2001). I remember it well for it was during the time I was involved with Haijinx, where Mark san was acting as a key person.
For this haiga, the use of brush strokes came to my mind first. I do not know why, I just thought that would be suitable for this hiaku. I made the strokes, and also drew a nail to go with. After a while however, I decided to use actual photograph of a nail. I thought the contrast of the graphic (strokes) and photograph (nail) would be interesting.
As for the haiku text, I tried to express the feel of "withering" by slanting the text a little, applying light color, and making partially fadded