January 14, 2006
The Dragon Painter
Here's a fun book that ought to be out before too long, 'The Dragon Painter'. It's about an ancient Chinese painter who paints dragons that come to life. I'd never done a folk tale book before. It was fun to research the costumes and details for the patterns. Very pictuaresque buildings and architectural styles throughout.
I found this chinese emperor in a book about chinese gardening. He was originally a stone carving done almost 1000 years ago. I thought he'd appreciate it that I brought him back to life to play the role of the emperor in this book. I knew he was perfect the instant I saw him. Too bad he's not around to reward me with a bag of gold coins and jade carvings.