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Aquatic Friday Fan Art

February 18, 2011

This week we have some lovely pen and ink renditions of a nixie and a mermaid from Mason.

Both images are inspired from the Spiderwick sequel, Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles.

I really enjoyed coming up with the designs for the aquatic denizens of Spiderwick. As I’ve mentioned before, growing in South Florida had a tremendous impact on my imagination, especially the tropical wildlife, as you can see in these characters.

Hey, I went through the old BtSC files and found a sketch for one of the covers that never came to pass.

For those who read the books, this is the mermaid with the fish from Laurie’s aquarium. By the way, this pose and composition mimic the cover to book 3 of the original series (you know, the one with Simon receiving the fairy fruit). There was a tentative book titled scribbled underneath the sketch, The Mermaid’s Gift. I might have to find a new story for that title, I rather like it…

Great work Mason! 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.