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A WondLaful Friday Fan Art

February 11, 2012

I have always been so touched and impressed by the fan art I have received over the years. For this week the same holds true.  All these images were inspired by The Search for WondLa.  These young talented fans did a fabulous job creating their own versions of some of my favorite characters and scenes. Check it out and tell me what you think!

These beautiful drawings of Eva Nine were created by a fan named Neil from Buxton, Maine.  Neil is both a budding author and illustrator who is currently cooking up an adventurous tale called The Chronicles of Mavrik.  The story focuses on a troop of Minotaurs who live underground and are plotting to take over the world (awesome!).  Neil did a great job here capturing Eva’s upturned nose and her wild hair style.  Best of luck with your book, Neil and thanks for these perfect portraits of Eva!

Twelve year old Noah from Elk Grove, California rendered this awesome drawing of Eva Nine riding in one of Orbona’s weird wandering trees.  I love that he added roosting turnfins, too.  Nice work!

Last but not least, we have a beautiful portrait of good ol’ Rovender Kitt.  This drawing was created by Maddie, the daughter of an alumni from my old high school, South Fork high.  I met Maddie at the Decatur Book Festival last fall where she gave me the drawing in person. As I said, I am touched when I see that my stories and pictures inspire. Thank you all for these fantastic renditions, you all have inspired me.

Keep drawing, keep dreaming everyone.


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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.