Some Haiga Do’s and Don’ts

A font can make or break a haiga. If I see a roller coaster of text running around a haiga, I rarely will spend the time trying to absorb the meaning.

Not all fonts work for every haiga.  It takes a while to get used to different fonts.  So many haiga artists use stilted fonts to go with their beautiful art or feelings.

You DON’T have to place text on your art or photo. You can place it underneath.

In most cases, forget borders. I’d like to go back and erase every border I ever used.

It’s okay to sign your work but if the signature is too large, the work comes across as too amateurish. A dear friend and fantastic artist once told me she doesn’t sign her work — if people are going to steal, they’ll steal.  That’s up to you.

It’s okay to be cute but too cute can really be a turn off.  I developed an appreciation for cute when I went to Japan and sometimes I like to be cute, up to a point, although I’m sure I’ve embarrassed myself more than once and will again.

There is no medium that you can’t explore to use with haiga. I like to encourage people to try new things. It’s wonderful to collaborate with different artists — to put words with someone else’s art, but I have to tell you — everyone has it in them to do art. You just have to be willing to be vulnerable. Believe me, people will love you for it.

We’re all human. Only water striders walk on water.  Be willing to make mud.  It will make you more flexible and your Muse will take notice.


One thought on “Some Haiga Do’s and Don’ts

  1. These are only my opinions and not cast in stone. I am taking time to tell you what I think.

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