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Haiku #6

  • created 2020
  • digital print on rag paper
  • 11″H x 8.5″W (28cmH x 22cmW)
  • $125.00 unframed

This is a limited edition (50) digital black & white print of a seated female nude holding a snake, executed in 17 vector lines. It is part of a series called Haiku, after the style of Japanese poetry.


Haiku translated to English means “cutting”, and refers to two juxtaposing ideas or images. Haiku has 17 “on”, or syllables, and is traditionally written in English on three lines. Using this theme, I have drawn images of female nudes, juxtaposing the colours black and white and using only 17 vector lines.


I am experimenting with the economy of line and how to express an artistic idea that will engage the viewer. Deciding on which lines to include and which to exclude was a challenge. This simple drawing describes a female nude sitting on her right hip and holding a snake aloft in her left hand, but leaves enough to the viewer’s imagination to complete the artwork in their head. I’ve drawn this image with my finger on my iPhone, using a vector drawing app that allows me to control the weight of each line by varying the pressure of my fingertip on the screen.


Count the 17 undulating vector lines of this clever, thought provoking artwork to discover how their number reflects the syllables of Japanese poetry. Is this Eve holding the Devil at bay? This drawing would be a welcome addition to any interior design project.


The artwork is printed on textured rag paper and shipped unframed to you free in North America.