I was thrilled to have the opportunity to illustrate another Chinese fable for the Spoken Word. Chinese designs and colors are fascinating to work with. This time it was "Ma Liang and the Magic Paintbrush." I used my son Jacob as a model, even though he in no way looks Chinese.
Ma Liang was an orphaned boy who loved to draw with anything he could find, including sticks on the beach.
One day, an apparition from the ocean gave him a gift--a magic paintbrush that would paint creatures that came to life! But he was only to use this power for good, or it would turn disastrous. And to Liang's credit, he did use the gift for good, and tried to keep it from evil hands.