My publisher, Immedium send this new book review of TreeHouse Heros and Forgotten Beast ^______^
"The magical artwork will draw readers in to this lusciously illustrated tale. The story focuses on possibly the last Zez, a magical creature from a far-east land, that is near extinction as forests have fallen, rivers dried up, and humans multiplied. Looking for a new unspoiled home she discovers the Treehouse Heroes—five children, each with different gifts (invisibility, shape changing, wind blowing, speed and strength) and their wise teacher. The Zez learns that General Moon, once a man but changed by his enchanted armor, has conquered all of the villages and driven out all of the Zez, leaving the towns in ruins. The Zez’s magic can help nature bloom again, but that’s only part of the solution. When the Zez is captured by General Moon’s men, the Treehouse Heroes track her to a tower in a rusted out town. Using their different powers, they rescue her and release the general from his armor causing him to disappear into smoke. The Zez, given back her freedom, continues her search leaving the village to do their part to resurrect their town. Children may enjoy this adventure and magical creature, but also get the point of personal responsibility for the environment."
- Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children’s Literature
Finished my Chronicle Book today!! WOO HOO!! 😊
I have a lot of fun creating this piece. It’s inspired by my childhood Christmas memories in Hong Kong. We don’t get snow in winter. Instead, the city decorates all the skyscrapers with Christmas lights with interacted patterns and the street and public spaces often decorate with giant Christmas tree and lanterns. ^______^ The piece is watercolor and oil pastel mix-medium. Trying to create a child like painting quality with pastel.
For the concept sketch, please visit:
Have a fun day hiking in Marine with friend, we end the day trip with a quick on-locaiton painting. ^______^
Hike near my old storming ground 😊Big Rock Ranch
More 5 mins quick sketches on the blog: