The style of classic picture book illustrations might differ widely, yet artist Xiong Liang creates a series of watercolor children's books that brings new insight to the genre. Stepping away completely from more iconic imagery, he heavily references traditional Chinese paintings for his own work. This creates whimsical and surreal illustrations that kids will be drawn to instantly.
With his rich imagination and childlike enthusiasm, it is only natural Liang would end up creating watercolor children's books. In order to fully complement his style, each one of his stories is linked to Chinese traditions or ancient tales. This helps ensure that they remain present in modern day societies and with younger generations. He also relies on nature, stating, "This is also a feature I share with traditional painters: what comes out of the brush is a flow of qi, of energy and rhythm, and the story takes its shape in a breath."