"May you treasure these art pieces as much as I do."

—Guillermo del Toro,
director, Pan's Labyrinth


The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi

New York Times bestselling creator Tony DiTerlizzi is known for his distinctive style depicting fantastical creatures, horrific monsters, and courageous heroes. His illustrations reshaped and defined the worlds of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Planescape, and Magic: The Gathering in the imaginations of legions of devoted roleplaying gamers during the 1990s, before he transitioned to mainstream success with The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Search for WondLa. Collected here for the first time, this book features never-before-seen artwork and photographs, in addition to showcasing DiTerlizzi’s most iconic roleplaying work with commentary by the artist. Introduction by Christopher Paolini (Eragon) and featuring appreciations by Guillermo del Toro, Brom, Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Holly Black, Zeb Cook, Jeff Easley, and Donato Giancola, among others!

Published: June 3, 2015
Ages: All
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics/Kitchen Sink Books Purchase Info


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Tony DiTerlizzi talks about Realms and D&D art


“Whether you remember DiTerlizzi’s illustrations from D&D or you’re a newer fan like me, Realms is a fantastic window into his imagination.”

“Tony’s work has a distinct flair, a love for monsters if you will. His creatures have the charm of Henson or Rackham but they carry with them hints of their own ecosystem. He stands alone as a creator of worlds and a weaver of tales. May you treasure these art pieces as much as I do.”
—Guillermo del Toro (Director of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and Pacific Rim)

“Tony draws and paints some of the best dragons around, which is a lot harder than you might think. And I should know!”
—Christopher Paolini (Author of Eragon, from his introduction)

"I was able to experience the art with fresh eyes and have myself get drawn into the realms of DiTerlizzi’s imagination. Those are some mighty spectacular worlds. I highly recommend traveling through them, if you haven’t already had the chance."
—Christopher Helton (Bleeding Cool)

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The Broken Ornament
The Story of Diva & Flea
The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
The WondLa Trilogy
Adventure of Meno
The Tales of Kenny Rabbit
Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles
Care and Feeding of Sprites
G is for One Gzonk!
Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spider & The Fly
Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure

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.