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