Category: Artistic Process
December 18, 2017
If you’ve been following me on social media for the past year, you know that in November I celebrated the opening of a retrospective exhibition at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. To say that the experience was surreal would be an understatement. Having grown up copying Rockwell’s iconic images, it is an amazing …
Continue reading “Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi”
May 9, 2016
Fast Company magazine recorded a conversation with Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin, and myself on fantastical world building, creative process and finding inspiration. Thanks to Chuck Salter, George (and Raya), Jim Ludwig and the staff at the Jean Cocteau Cinema for capturing this moment. The event at the Cocteau was a fun …
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June 2, 2014
Lucasfilm has released a trailer for my upcoming picture book adaptation of the original trilogy, title The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight. Take a look:
May 17, 2014
Patrick Day of the Los Angeles Times interviewed me while on the road promoting The Battle for WondLa last week.
April 26, 2014
Last November the non-profit organization, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), asked if I would donate an original piece of artwork to be auctioned off at their spring “Cat in The Hat” gala held in Washington DC.
January 29, 2014
Last week was “Goblin Week”, where the mischievous monsters were celebrated by artists using all mediums and shared via Tumblr. Since I use an old-fashioned WordPress for my blog, I thought I’d share my goblin contribution here, along with some delightful dice-rolling downloads.
January 22, 2014
The creation of the logo for the Amherst public library was a feature article in our local paper, The Gazette.
November 21, 2013
Last month I visited with Sharon Sharry, Library Director of our public library, the Jones Library. At the suggestion of author extraordinaire, Norton Juster, she’d asked if I could discuss a new award honoring the Pioneer Valley’s local literary luminaries.
October 17, 2013
If you’ve been following this blog for the past couple of months, you know I have been sharing much of my process for the upcoming cover to the third and final book in the Wondla trilogy, The Battle for WondLa.
September 20, 2013
The final stages of creating the artwork for The Battle for WondLa dust-jacket required me to set down my pencils, pens and paper and grab a mouse, Wacom stylus and keyboard.
August 2, 2013
After many concept sketches, refined drawings, and color studies, I was finally able to begin the execution of the final artwork for The Battle for WondLa.
July 12, 2013
Invigorated with feedback from my readers, and my sketch approved by the team at Simon & Schuster, it was time to develop the mood of my cover concept sketch through use of color.
June 29, 2013
While my first draft of The Battle for WondLa was read by my editor and trusted beta-readers, I switched my focus from writing to drawing. In particular, drawing the perfect cover image to depict the climatic conclusion of the WondLa trilogy.
October 22, 2012
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been busy these last couple of of months rendering new artwork to adorn the dustjackets of the 10-year anniversary of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Early next year, Simon & Schuster will unveil the new jackets, along with news about the re-release of the original five chapter books.
October 8, 2012
I recently did a brief interview for the Girl Scouts of America with a focus on the creation of WondLa.
September 27, 2012
Though I am dying to dive back into the writing of WondLa III, I have diverted my attention to a certain trio of siblings and their encounters with the fey-folk.
September 4, 2012
Just as was done with The Search for WondLa back in 2010, Simon & Schuster has printed a limited edition sketchbook featuring some of the designs that went into the illustrations for A Hero for WondLa.
August 13, 2012
My mind is still awhirl from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI for short) summer conference held in Los Angeles last weekend.
July 1, 2012
In between book tours and summer barbeques, I’ve managed to squeeze in a couple of new pen & ink images of two beloved characters from La Belle et la Bête (better known as Beauty & the Beast) for an upcoming exhibit in Paris, France.
May 2, 2012
With less than a week remaining until the release of A Hero for WondLa, I thought you may like to see a sample of the 50+ illustrations I rendered for the book.
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 …
Continue reading “You Know You’re Getting Old When…”
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 …
Continue reading “What to Draw?”
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!
August 11, 2011
Let me start off by saying the obvious: I am a Star Wars nut. I was seven years-old when I was first whisked off to a galaxy far, far away. I’ve collected the toys, the ephemera, met the actors…heck, I’ve even reported on Star Wars. Like many of us, George Lucas’ vision had a tremendous …
Continue reading “Realizing Rovender Kitt (conclusion)”
August 1, 2011
(In case you missed it, here’s a quick link to Part 1) Back in August of 2003, as I began work for the fourth Spiderwick book, I started thinking about re-illustrating a classic text after the Spiderwick series was complete. I spoke with my editor at the time, Kevin, and he thought it a good …
Continue reading “Realizing Rovender Kitt (Part 2)”
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