The Book of Eight Sages
Shodo is the most famous (or notorious, depending on who you ask) itinerant brush-wielder (artist/calligrapher/poet) in the Middle Kingdom. At various times, he has been a beggar, a Ravidian priest, and a brush-wielder to the imperial courts of both the Middle Kingdom and Tsaanpwair. He is best known for his “ghost art,” an art style he developed in which the brush-wielder writes or paints with water on slate, creating an ephemeral poem or work of art which is preserved only in the minds of its viewers. His brushwork is generally considered evocative and elegant, but he is often snubbed in polite society due to his constant skirt-chasing, usually of much younger (and sometimes married) women.