"In the image from the Codex Mendoza (figure 6), we see that the tlacuilo places his quill upon a text, just as he speaks with an individual, who presumably tells the tlacuilo what to write. The tlacuilo also speaks back to the person across from him. In Nahua concepts of the tlacuilo's world, then, the tlacuilo neither reproduces a reality placed in front of him (he is not a realistic painter), nor does he simply write down what he is told. Rather, he engages in a creative, reflective, and interactive process that stresses the oral nature of the text he will produce."
Yes! This! This is a kind of literature I can really get behind!