The artist writes:
I draw in different ways using Paint
Shop Pro 6 and 7. I sometimes use an old AIPTEK digital pen and pad, but
since I first taught myself to draw with a mouse, I usually just use the mouse.
It may be a little more complicated, but I find it a bit easier for some reason.
If I want to shade colors, I use the "freehand" (lasso shaped) tool, and draw a shape (or "selection" area) and then spray paint it at the density and opacity and color(s) of my choice. I do a lot of "painting" that way with the program -- while it is challenging, the results are whimsical and fun to do.
Artist-poet D.W. (Debi) Bender resides in Orlando, Florida, USA, where she has lived for the past dozen years or so. Her interest in combining her visual arts with her poetry began many years ago. At times she has experimented with concrete poetry, which eventually found its way into her haiku, haiku series, and "art-haiku" (contemporary "haiga") after she rediscovered haiku on the Internet in 1999. Since that time, she has been exploring the combination of visual arts and poetry in her haiku, tanka, "ren" (new-renga) forms, sijo, haibun and multi-genre poems. She has combined haibun with her artwork, photography, and concrete text-visuals, using the text to illustrate and expand meaning, as she has done in "Departure from Rattlesnake Island."
Debi views her multimedia efforts through the Japanese poetic forms as hybrid styles. Her art-poetry is meant to be different from Japanese haiga and haibun, but in their own right, a Western style of art which has grown "out from" Japanese forms, borrowing from their concepts for inspiration.
Debi has worked with the World Haiku
Club in various aspects since 2000, and is WHC's Deputy Chairman and the Editor-in-Chief
of its online magazine, World Haiku Review.