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Surprise Spiderwick Guest at London Book-signings This Weekend!

September 12, 2011

For all of you Spiderwick movie fans out there, I have a special announcement:  The lovely Sarah Bolger will join yours truly at two London book signings THIS WEEKEND. Here are the details:

BOOKS: The Many Colors of Andrew Lang & H.J. Ford

August 22, 2011

Dragons, trolls, nixies, mermaids, giants and fairies. I could be talking about Spiderwick, Brian Froud & Alan Lee’s Faeries, or perhaps this is (yet another) post on old D&D. But, in fact, I am referring to the collection of twelve colored fairy books collected and translated over 100 years ago by Scottish novelist, Andrew Lang, …

The UK WondLAful tour

August 12, 2011

Thanks to all my awesome fans overseas, I will be traveling to the United Kingdom this September for another WondLAful tour!  This time I’ll be promoting The Search for WondLa and The Spiderwick Chronicles.  We have planned a couple of surprise guests at some of the venues (including Chris Riddell!), so tune in for more …

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 …

Download some DiTerlizzi!

July 5, 2011

I hope everyone had a fabulous Fourth of July. I took a weekend off from WondLa 2 and enjoyed some food, fireworks and finding fireflies. Also, I uploaded all sorts of DiTerlizzi-themed downloads to the site. If you read about each title under the BOOKS section, you’ll now find lots of cool FREE stuff, like …

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.

Microvisions Auction Now Active

May 17, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned creating an original Spiderwick piece to be auctioned off with all proceeds to benefit the Society of Illustrators’ student scholarship fund. I am happy to report that all images from the Microvisions show are currently available for active bidding on eBay. Here is a direct link to my …

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 …


April 27, 2011

Each year, the Society of Illustrators holds an exhibition, called Microvisions, to raise funds for their Student Scholarship. To date, they’ve raised $15K by asking noted illustrators to create an original piece to be auctioned off for the fundraiser. The fun part? As per the title of the show, all originals are 5×7 inches. Yours …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Unpublished Original Artwork for Auction

November 30, 2010

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend surrounded by family and loved ones. I enjoyed some much-needed time off from my whirlwind WondLa tour. Thanks again to all of you who came out to see me at the various events. You keep me going. I feel so fortunate that I’ve wanted to …

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 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. …

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 …

Spiderwick Farewell Tour (Second Leg dates)

September 24, 2009

The “Spiderwick Farewell Tour” concludes next week, starting Saturday at the National Book Festival in Washington DC. Bring EVERYTHING you want signed! I hope to see you there! Saturday, September 26 NBF Signing: 12:30-1:30 PM NBF Presentation: 2:30-3:00 PM NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL Washington, DC *NOTE: The line at NBF is notoriously long and the organizers …

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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.