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A (Fey-riffic) Friday Fan Art

April 13, 2012

Herb Leonhard is a fantasy illustrator whom I was introduced to years ago when I contributed an image for Tori Amos’ RAINN calendar.

Recently, Herb has created a series of coloring books inspired by his love of fairies and Art Nouveau master, Alphonse Mucha. The first coloring book, Fae Nouveau, is available directly from him. He is currently working on its sequel, Fae Nouveau Revisted, which contains cameos by noted fairy artists like Amy Brown and yours truly:

Thanks for the cameo, Herb. Not only did you put me on a diet, you also gave me a pair of scissors to escape Mr. Spider’s parlor…

Keep dreaming, keep drawing.

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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.