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A Realistic Friday Fan Art

April 22, 2011

Thirteen-year old Tobias from Argentina sent us a new batch of art a couple of weeks ago. Amongst his drawings of carnivorous plants and alien designs were several photos integrating creatures of his own imagination.

Tobias tells me he used Photoshop to merge in his drawings with a realistic background. I LOVE THIS.

Not only is he using major planning skills at the photographic stage of these images, he is designing creatures (like the Pomegranate Apple Gnome above) and posing them to fit properly in their appropriate setting. At 13!? That’s AWESOME!

This is good stuff, Tobias. You’ve inspired me. 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.