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(The return of) Friday Fan Art!

October 8, 2010

Finally! I know, I know…its been awhile…too long in fact. But with the breakneck speed with which I wrote and illustrated The Search for WondLa, and the hectic press surrounding the fall tour, I have had little time to organize and scan the AMAZING art sent to me over the past year. But wait no …

Bookie-Woogie Interview

July 5, 2010

Fellow illustrator Aaron Zenz and his hilarious kids ask all the right questions at his Bookie-Woogie blog. Enjoy!

Aquatic Friday Fan Art

May 7, 2010

13 year-old Emily of Georgia sent me a link to her wonderful watercolor rendition of the Spiderwick Nixie. Check it out. Well done Emily, the facial proportions are nice and you rendered it in watercolors – which can be tricky. I started playing around with them when I was your age and I still enjoy …

Friday Fan Art

March 25, 2010

I am nearing the deadline for delivering the artwork for The Search for WondLa, and it has been intense here in DiTerlizziland. I cannot wait to share the new story with you and the news surrounding it. I AM SO EXCITED! In the meantime, I got a message from a fellow fairy researcher from Europe …

Friday Fan Art!

February 19, 2010

Happy Friday everyone! Angela received a kind note and link from Ranae Atchison, who sculpted some familiar brownies and boggarts out of polymer clay. Check it out: You can see more pics of these little lovelies, as well as Ranae’s other fabulous work, on her blog. Have a great weekend!

Friday Fan Art!

January 22, 2010

Twelve year-old Emily has sent us some lovely examples of her drawings done in the same mediums which I use. We have a dwarf done in pencils… …and an ink drawing of a nixie… …not to mention a mermaid drawing which has been inked and painted in watercolors. WOW! Nice work, Emily, especially on the …

Friday Fan Art!

September 4, 2009

Ben sent me a whole slew of cool drawings this week. Looks like he is working on his own fantastical field guide. Check them out: This is a sprite named Bellwings. She’s named after the sound her wings make… …and this is Hutchwin. He’s a brownie who helps Ben by sharpening his pencils for him. …

Friday Fan Art – I.O.U. #2

August 21, 2009

This week I complete another I.O.U. for one of my art-buddies, Dan Yaccarino, who contributed on the upcoming Spiderwick Chronicles Completely Fantastical Edition. As I mentioned before, there is an all-star artist’s gallery in this bound Spiderwick collection, and I’ve been fortunate to have received a few of the original pieces as gifts (um…awesome!). Never …

Friday Fan Art!

August 14, 2009

Ben, of Aurora, Colorado, sent us this wonderful little watercolor of a sea serpent this week. He also included some elf shot which he found in the field as well(!) …looks like we may have another fairy naturalist in the making. Keep up the fantastic work, Ben!

Some FANTASTIC Friday Fan Art!

July 17, 2009

I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned the fact that my mom was a doll-maker when I was a kid. She made all sorts of dolls and puppets out of all sorts of materials. Sometimes she made them for us DiTerlizzi kids, other times she gave them to friends, family and even sold some to local …

Friday Fan Art – Tribute

July 10, 2009

In honor of Michael Jackson’s funeral this week, I thought I’d post some sketches done by yours truly. The first is vintage 1983 done in #2 pencil on notebook paper: The second sketch was done earlier this year as a potential gag for an upcoming Meno book. We’ll see if it makes it… Rest in …

Friday Fan Art: Step-by-Step

July 3, 2009

Here’s a real treat from our friend Noah. He’s shared all three different stages of his drawing of Jared, Simon and Mallory Grace (from BtSC) with us, showing the sketch, ink and color stages Nice work Noah, keep on drawin!

Friday Fan Art

June 26, 2009

Here’s a newly discovered creature recorded from Tess, it’s called a “Sea Slither”. Nice design Tess, I especially admire details like the floating eggs!

Friday Fan Art – Dutch Faeries

June 19, 2009

Our talented friends Sascha and Mina sent some wonderful sprite and faerie drawings to share from Holland…nice work!

Friday Fan Art: A tale of two Kennys

June 14, 2009

Here are two nice Kenny Rabbit drawings from Issac and Gracie, whom you may remember from the “Design Your Dragon” contest. Its great to see some more Kenny art, he can be a tricky one to draw…but these two both did a great job!

Friday Fan Art !

May 22, 2009

Nicolas has given us a wonderful glimpse into his own Arthur Spiderwick-inspired field guide to the faerie world. Its awesome for me to see fans collecting data on the elusive invisible world. I especially love the page on goblins where he’s included real goblin tooth items, including rose thorns! I wish I had thought of …

Friday Fan Art!

May 15, 2009

We got a great pile of Friday Fan Art just waiting to be uploaded over the next few weeks, starting with these character images from The Spider and The Fly from Jessica. She is in the eight grade and is already taking existing subject matter a juxtaposing it in a different art style – in …

Friday Fan Art (I.O.U. #1)

May 8, 2009

TGIF! What a week in DiTerlizziland! I have been up to my eyeballs in creating the artwork for the Spiderwick finale, The Wyrm King. As I continue my drawing/inking warm-ups for each day’s session, I have been rendering some fun stuff that is looong overdue to some of my friends – including this pen & …

Friday Fan Art!

May 1, 2009

Tanya, and her friends at the Cold Lake Public Library in Alberta, Canada, filled my P.O. Box this week with a flock of fantastic drakes inspired by my dragon-pal, Grahame. Check them out: Thanks! These are awesome! I love how imaginative these all are…reminds me of the “Design Your Dragon” contest…hmmm, perhaps its time for …

Friday Fan Art

March 6, 2009

Happy Friday everyone – I hope you all had a great week. I received some wonderful scans, via facebook, from a proud mother and her two children living in Spain. Both kids love to draw and enjoy the Spiderwick books. First up, eight-year old Leo’s take on a brownie: Next up, twelve-year Cristina’s rendition of …

Capt. Coloring Fantastic – Friday Fan Art!

February 20, 2009

As I mentioned before, I have been posting fan art created by yours truly while we are here in Florida to avoid the chilly winter back home in Mass. So, each and every day, I spend some time drawing, coloring and painting with my daughter, Sophia. I do this because: 1. I love spending time …

TD Friday Fan Art

February 14, 2009

My personal, Tony D FFA-a-thon continues with a few caricatures I did over 20 years ago. I LOVE good caricature, and I drew A LOT of them in high school and college. Anybody was fair game – teachers, friends, family…but mostly I focused my novice skills on musicians featured in our family’s LP collection. In …

(A Different Sort of) Friday Fan Art

February 6, 2009

Hi-ho all my friends and fam! I apologize for not being as active as I’d like to be, but I have been unbelievably swamped with multiple projects. A good problem to have, for sure, and I am hoping I can go into detail about them next week…I am just waiting to hear back from my …

(A belated) Friday Fan Art

January 25, 2009

My facebook inbox received a great note from some fans in Italy and pic of this awesome li’l ceramic sculpt of the Spiderwick “Knocker”, check it out: The sculpt was done by a fella named Federico. His friend, Elisabetta, did the paint job on it. Elisabetta mentioned being a fan of mine since seeing “Catlord” …

Friday Fan Art!

January 8, 2009

Happy 2009! I hope everyone is having a great new year so far. FFA ’09 was certainly started off in a BIG way for us when these images arrived in Angela’s inbox: Troy sculpted this one-of-a-kind Spiderwick Leprechaun for his daughter for Christmas(!) He says: “My daughter and I are both huge fans and I …

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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.