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A Haiku, A Crow & 10 Thoughts To Go

August 25, 2020

crow sleeping on branch dreaming of corn on cob canned corn hot dog ashi akira haiku about bird meditating in wintry windAshi Akira and I have been following each other since I started blogging back in 2010. He’s my favorite haiku poet. (More on Ashi at the end of this post.)blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Sometimes I’ll read one of his haikus, and a funny image will jump into my head– like Mr. Crow here.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

And as any creative will tell you, one idea always leads to another.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Looking at the above image, I had the following thoughts:blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

1. Dreamy people are not necessarily thinking deep thoughts. 😊blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

2. What we think about defines us.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

3. An illustrator takes words and conjures up pictures. The words don’t have to be poetry or anything fancy.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

4. Details are important for getting buy-in. (The brown swirling leaves above convey a wintry wind.)blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

5. We’re more apt to stop and read text when we see an interesting image.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

6. You never know what people will respond to. An over reliance on data by marketers limits creativity.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

7. Haikus make a great case for brevity.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

8. Haikus come from observation. To conjure new content ideas, try to see your product or service with fresh eyes.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

9. Fresh food is better than canned; custom images are also better than canned (i.e., stock).blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

10. It pays to keep things simple. The above image wouldn’t work as well if the crow were dreaming of some fancy or complicated meal.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Ashi Akira is a unique talent. I encourage you to visit his blog and check out his work. His blog dedication (on his About Page) is unique, as is his backstory. You won’t soon forget either.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

I created this short video for one of my favorite Ashi Akira haikus, and you can see an illustration for a third Ashi haiku in this blog post.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Ashi’s published two collections of his haikus. They’re available at both Amazon and Lulu.com.
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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, editorial, branding, social media, and content marketing. My images are different, like your brand needs to be.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

You can view my portfolio, and connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Questions? Send me an email.blank vertical space, 40 pixels highRecommendation testimonial for Mark Armstrong Illustration from David Yas, Founder & CEO, Boston Podcast Network, former V.P. Publisher, Mass Lawyers Weekly

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