The Magic Paintbrush


The Magic Paintbrush is a story written by Christine Villa. The original version of The Magic Paintbrush (online and without illustrations) won the People’s Choice Award in 2011 – #1 in the Top 7 Knowonder! stories as voted by readers. Knowonder! is a children’s publication aimed at driving literacy. The author, “Miss Chrissi” contacted me via Upwork (formerly oDesk) to illustrate her story. She sent me a copy of the manuscript, and after reading, I nonchalantly and effortlessly fell in love with the entirety of it — the characters, the plot, the lessons it taught. In the story, “Alexa’s greatest desire is to paint all the beauty around her, but she just cannot...

KI’s Birthday Challenge


I gave up listing New Year’s resolutions when I was 16. Perhaps I failed too many times on fulfilling quite a handful of goals that I somehow knew the first of January isn’t for me. (Besides, I cannot possibly shed holiday fat when the day itself is made for food and merriment.) Well, Hallelujah for my birthday! I was born on the second half of the year. Eventually, I figured that it was a splendid season to allow my self to grow and look past difficulties. Season. Yes, season. For years now, my family jokes about how I celebrate the entire week (or month). No, I do not throw parties but because the people who love me extend...