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Friday Fan Art

October 7, 2011

For this week’s Friday Fan Art addition, where we have some lovely drawings by the very talented Elly from Canada.  Besides being a gifted artist, Elly has ambitions to be an aspiring young author and has been plugging away writing books.  Oh, and did I mention that this creative machine is just 8 years old?  …

Friday Fan Art

August 6, 2011

Isabella from Ohio sent in an awesome drawing inspired by Kenny & the Dragon for this week’s Friday Fan Art.  She mentioned in her letter how much she loved how Grahame (the dragon) and Kenny Rabbit became such good friends, which I think she conveyed nicely here.  Check out Grahame’s giant grin…

Friday Fan Art

July 29, 2011

This week we received some wonderful drawings from Allie who lives near us in Massachusetts.  Allie is a fan of The Spiderwick Chronicles as well as The Search for WondLa. In fact, she tells us that she looks just like Eva Nine!!!  What do you think?

(A Cinematic) Friday Fan Art

July 22, 2011

Over the years I have enjoyed sharing with you all the amazing fan art that arrives in my mailbox. Whether its in my PO box or my email inbox, I am always touched when someone takes the time to do their own rendition of my characters. In fact, I am even thrilled by the prospect …

Friday Fan Art

June 24, 2011

Recently I received a nice note from Anish Mohan, a 3d computer artist working in India. Anish said, “I have been a BIG fan of your work from the time I got one of those Spiderwick Field guide books. Your concept creatures are full of great imagination and detail. Loved the way the entire book …

Friday Fan Art

June 10, 2011

Fellow artist, Michael Voogd, sent us a great gaggle of Spiderwick creatures rendered by his nine-year old daughter, Amie.

FFA: A Glazed Goblin

May 6, 2011

Gabby sent us some cool pics of a Spiderwick goblin that she created in her sculpting and ceramics class. Check it out: She says: I made him have a gnawed off hand to show him in battle and scary eyeballs. The back was the funnest part to do (if funnest is a word…) and he …

A Realistic Friday Fan Art

April 22, 2011

Thirteen-year old Tobias from Argentina sent us a new batch of art a couple of weeks ago. Amongst his drawings of carnivorous plants and alien designs were several photos integrating creatures of his own imagination. Tobias tells me he used Photoshop to merge in his drawings with a realistic background. I LOVE THIS. Not only …

Friday Fan Art: Capturing a Unicorn

April 15, 2011

Earlier this year, I posted some stupendous Spiderwick soft sculptures by artist, Manuela Schulz. Manuela’s craftsmanship and ability to capture the natural form of an animal in mohair and fur reminded me of the great German toymaker, Steiff.  My daughter, Sophia, was so taken by Manuela’s rendition of the Spiderwick unicorn that I commissioned one …

(A lot of) Friday Fan Art!

April 1, 2011

If I haven’t said so before, I absolutely LOVE getting all the art that fans and friends have sent to me over the years to share here on the site. Whether it is a reinterpretation of one of my own designs, or an original piece inspired by a young imagination, I am always thrilled to …

Friday Fan Art!

March 18, 2011

Beth Hanlon, a fifth grade teacher at Tropic Isles Elementary in Fort Meyers, Florida, sent us some pics of this awesome sculpt of Grahame from Kenny and the Dragon. The sculpture was created by one of her gifted students, Ashley, and was done as a visual for her Book Share project. “…Ashley’s Dragon has inspired …

Friday Art of Fan!

March 11, 2011

Our Florida neighbors dropped off a lovely sketch of my favorite space elf, done by a friend of their daughter’s. I showed it to Meno and this was his response: “I love color picture of Meno! Thank you Earthling of name Diana. I also work on pretty picture. Please to enjoy Betty White! Was to …

iSpeak some iThoughts on an iPad Friday Fan Art

March 4, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a couple of wonderful watercolor renditions of a Spiderwick nixie and mermaid from Mason. Shortly thereafter, we received a follow up piece from him that, I think, is much stronger. The difference: he created this on his iPad. Wow. Normally I would move onto another submission of fan …

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 …

Friday Fan Art

February 11, 2011

Thirteen year-old Tobias from Argentina tells me he likes to draw a lot. He sent Ang and I a bunch of drawings including a “Strange Bird” and a “Colorful Mini-Elephant”. (My fav is that Jules Feiffer-esque critter up on the top.) I savor the exploratory, imaginative creatures he’s come up with, including his rendition of …

Friday Fan Art

February 4, 2011

YES!!!! …doing a happy dance around the studio…

I’m (There and) Back Again

January 28, 2011

(Yes, it is Friday, but I am going to file this one under “TD-created Friday Fan Art”) I’m a bit swept away by the response from last week’s homage to Tolkien’s masterpiece about his miniature hero. Between here, Rivendell and facebook I’ve realized that there are many elves, dwarves and orcs who love Middle Earth …

A Furry Friday Fan Art

January 14, 2011

Manuela Schulz, a soft sculpture and textile artist from Germany, sent us some fantastic pictures of the Spiderwick phooka this week. Check it out: The phooka is made from Alpaca and mohair and looks like it can pose as well. THAT IS SO COOL! And if that wasn’t enough, Manuela also made this beautiful unicorn. …

Friday Fan Thanks!

December 10, 2010

11-year old artist, Gabby, decorated an awesome THANK YOU card that was sent to me and signed by every student in her class! I had visited Gabby’s school, The South School, in northern California while on book tour this fall and had a WONDERFUL time telling stories and talking WondLa with the students. I don’t …

A Rumble-Grumble Friday Fan Art

December 3, 2010

I’ve been wanting to do a series of retrospective posts about breaking into the children’s publishing industry since 2010 marks a decade of yours truly having my books published. I had grand plans of comparing and contrasting what the market was like in 2000 vs. 2010 and what I know now that I didn’t know …

Friday Fan Art

November 19, 2010

16-year old, Joshua, from Sri Lanka sent me this wonderful rendition of an angelic warrior inspired by my art and young adult novelist Cassie Clare’s novels. This piece also reminds me of some of my early RPG art, especially Planescape. I like the design of the character, Joshua. Now let’s see more sketches of him …

Friday Fan Art

November 12, 2010

Fourteen-year old Cy, from Washington state sent me these great renditions of Hogsqueal and ground goblins from The Spiderwick books. Check’em out. I love how he’s slightly animated them with cartoony expressions. I think that really helps bring them to life. And I like his combination of pencil and inking. Way to go Cy!

Friday Fan Art

October 29, 2010

Woo! My first WondLa fan art! It was given to me last month while on book tour in Kansas City. There, I did a special presentation about my process to a group of kids, parents and a great gaggle of art students and teachers. I’ve been toying with the idea of touring the major art …

Friday Fan Art!

October 22, 2010

Emily, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been a fan of my books for some time and has sent me the awesome drawings to prove it. She did this sketch of Mr. Moon from Jimmy Zangwow that was done back in the fourth grade: …and this sweet pen and color rendition of the phoenix from Arthur Spiderwick’s …

Friday Fan Art

October 15, 2010

Brian, 14, from California sent me these wonderful reproductions from Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide. Check them out: You may think that reproducing, or copying, another artist is cheating but I feel it is the greatest way to learn how to do something. I copied many illustrations as kid and occasionally still do to this day. …

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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.