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A Fantastic Field Guide Friday Fan Art

August 9, 2013

Patrik is a teenage artist from a small European country named Slovenia (located next to Italy, Austria, and Croatia) who has been inspired by The Spiderwick Chronicles.  He read the series about four years ago, in his native language Slovene, and became inspired to create his own fantastical project, which took him three years to complete!

This commitment is nothing new for the young artist.  In fact, Patrik discovered his passion for drawing when he was just five, and continued to exercise his talent through grade school.  Like me, he looks to many similar sources for inspiration.  “I love nature, and not just nature, but everything that is natural which has a feeling of pureness,” he explained in his email.  Of course, the natural world had a great influence on me when I was creating Spiderwick. I studied and drew from museum specimens and other forms found in the wild to guide me in creating a more detailed world of the fantastic.


Patrik, saw this connection and was so inspired by the information found in Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You that he decided to make his own rendition of the book.  Above you can see the cover of the piece surrounded by objects Mr. Spiderwick would have had close at hand – spectacles, a compass, an ink dip pen, magnifying glass, and (of course) his seeing stone.


Here are only some of the beautiful pages of Patrik’s homemade field guide.  Detailed renditions of goblins, ogres, sea maids, and many more familiar creatures fill the pages, providing documentation that Arthur Spiderwick would be proud to see.  Note that the information included in the drawings have been translated to Slovene.


The Griffin centerfold is one of my favorites…


…and, of course, instructions on how to use a seeing stone. Nice work, Patrik.  This field guide is splendid.

From Massachusetts to Slovenia:

Keep drawing, Keep dreaming.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.