Because I haven’t done one in awhile, I decided to illustrate a haiku for this piece.  I am currently reading an anthology of poetry by Basho and his followers, and picked a haiku from the section I was reading, more or less at random.

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B&W Portrait

After fiddling with colors, I thought I would do some B&W.  I am not much of a portrait photographer, but I do like a good, high contrast B&W portrait.  For this one I searched for public domain B&W photographs online, found this one on Instantshift, and then modified it in GIMP by using two layers – one of Ink Wash and a transparent layer of Hard Sketch (with inverted color) on top.

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(Original photo from Instantshift.  Photo listed as public domain.  No challenge of copyright intended.)