Pinocchio Forest

When I created this series of illustrations, I kept thinking of whether a lie is good or bad. People normally think that telling a lie is a form of negative behavior. When I was a child, my parents always told me how important it is to be honest with everyone about everything. But, as I grew up, I found out that sometimes we have to tell a lie, sometimes to protect ourselves, or to soothe someone's concerns. 

Pinocchio Forest is a forest made by Pinocchio's nose. A forest full of lies.

But Pinocchio Forest could be scary...

Pinocchio Forest could be warm and beautiful. 


About the Artist

Amber Ma is a New York-based artist and illustrator originally from China. She has been attracted to creating art and storytelling. Amber has a strong passion for drawing, which led her to pursue an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from The School of Visual Arts, NY. 

Amber is deeply interested in creating monsters and fantasy creatures, who she believes share the world with us while hiding in secret places. She also has extensive experience in visualizing the story and visual creativity.

The inspirations for most of the projects are from her childhood experience (under the one-child-policy), cultural mystery stories, and daily human life. She believes all people can tell a story and that a story is a form of life. Everything, every moment, every element can be a good story. 

Amber's working medium is primarily watercolor, Sumi-ink, pen and color pencil.


More of Amber's work can be seen on her Website and on Instagram


IllustrationRyan Berg