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“Wonders of the Future” Winners!

April 24, 2012

My latest contest seemed simple enough, but in fact, it was a rigorous exercise in imagination: show me your vision of the future.

Walla Walla Event 4/17

April 16, 2012

For my readers in Washington, I’ll be signing tomorrow night (with Andrea Pinkney) as part of Walla Walla Kids Read.

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.

The Spring 2012 HERO Tour

April 3, 2012

Finally! I have details of my May HERO FOR WONDLA book tour that I can share. I hope to see you there!

A Masterful Friday Fan Art

March 30, 2012

(*Parents, teachers: This week’s FFA involves a naturalistic depiction of a mermaid. Thus, she wears no seashell-bikini.) I’ve seen lots of wonderful submissions for Friday Fan Art over the years. Each time a drawing, painting or sculpture arrives in my studio inbox, I am over the moon with joy that my work has inspired others. …

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Summer Con

March 27, 2012

While we put together the final details of my spring tour for A Hero for WondLa, I can tell you that I will be attending the Society of Children’s Book Writers & illustrators (SCBWI) summer conference in Los Angeles, California from August 3rd through the 6th.

“Wonders of the Future” WondLa Giveaway!

March 23, 2012

As many of you know, the second installment of The Search for WondLa trilogy is about to hit shelves in May, but here is your chance to read the book and see the art before everybody else – announcing the “Wonders of the Future” Wondla Giveaway Contest!

“Hero” in Stores May 8th!

March 12, 2012

Mark your calendars, Orbonians, in just a couple of months, the sequel to The Search for WondLa will be released in bookstores everywhere.

Jean Giraud, “Moebius”

March 10, 2012

It is a sad day in DiTerlizziland as I mourn an artistic visionary, Jean Giraud (known as “Moebius”) who lost his battle with cancer this morning at age 73.

Fantastic WondLa Review

February 24, 2012

On this fantastic February Friday we are featuring a video book review from the very talented Sarah Laties.  Sarah is the Special Projects Assistant at the Children’s Book Council (known as the CBC).

Doodle for Google Reminder…

February 16, 2012

Time is running out to submit artwork to Doodle 4 Google 2012! I’m helping Google choose which lucky artist will see their work on, win a $30k college grant, and earn $50k for their school so be sure entries are in by March 23rd! Get doodling today:

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. …

For Teachers and Librarians

February 5, 2012

Since it will be available paperback come April, Simon and Schuster has created a new discussion guide for The Search for WondLa combined with Kenny and the Dragon (which was just released in paperback).

You Know You’re Getting Old When…

February 3, 2012

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of amazing experiences come to pass in my life as a result of my career in illustration. One that I suppose I wasn’t expecting until much later was a book about me. However, I was pleasantly surprised last year when Abdo Publishing Company, an educational publisher, added …

Paperback Rider

January 24, 2012

I am happy to say that my 2008 bestselling chapter book, Kenny & the Dragon is now available in paperback. If you haven’t had a chance to read the story of a bookish rabbit and his poetry-reciting, crème-brûlée-lovin, dragon then now’s your chance.

Doodle 4 Google!

January 19, 2012

Calling all young artists! Imagine getting an opportunity to design the Google logo to be shared and seen by MILLIONS. Then, imagine your artwork gracing the package of a box of Crayola crayons. Now, imagine winning $30,000 in scholarships, plus an additional $50,000 for your school. That, my friends, is the grand prize for a …

Friday Fan Art

January 13, 2012

This weeks Friday Fan Art features a talented animator named Brittany, who was inspired to create a 3-D model of my old pal, Ted.  Brittney recently graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is currently trying to break into the animation industry.  Check out her marvelous rendition of the jovial mischief-maker and a few …

One Year, One Book

December 30, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, I am reflecting on what an eventful year this has been. Though I split my work between Florida and Massachusetts, I still managed to travel quite a bit and experience some unforgettable moments. Here are some favs:

Twelve Days of Christmas (WondLa Style)

December 20, 2011

Nine year-old Kai from New Orleans, Louisiana sent over one of the best gifts ever – A WondLa-themed The Twelve Days of Christmas. Check it out:

What to Draw?

December 12, 2011

I am happy to tell you that all sketches for the interior art for Hero for WondLa are complete and I am now inking them like a madman. The art production will take me into the end of January after which the book will be ready to send off to the printer…and just in time …

(A Gamerrific) Friday Fan Art

December 10, 2011

I have always been a fan of classic board games, so when I came across this Friday’s Fan Art I knew I had found a gem.  Take a look at 9 year-old Liam’s beautiful rendition of The Search for WondLa BOARD GAME!!!  He went above and beyond by choosing an original project idea for his …

Friday Fan Art’s a Knockin’

November 25, 2011

Dimitri Lebon is a up-and-coming sculptor from Belgium with some serious talent.

Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011)

November 23, 2011

Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday in her home in Ireland at the age of 85. Though Anne authored numerous books, many know her as the grand storyteller of the beloved Dragonrider of Pern series, originally crafted as novellas when they were released in the late 1960’s.

More of HERO at Hero…

November 22, 2011

The generous Geoff Boucher has interviewed yours truly about the upcoming sequel to The Search for WondLa at the LA Times’ Hero Complex. The article also has several sketches and studies for the final cover. Take a looky!

Friday Fan Art

November 18, 2011

Happy lucky Friday my fantastic friends!  For this week’s post, we’ve got a special Friday Fan Art delight from a very talented fan, Ray.  Ray has sent us an image all the way from Peru! He has been inspired by some of the artwork found in Arthur Spiderwick’s Guide to the Fantastical World Around You …

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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.