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I’m Lovin’ It!

February 21, 2008

I see McDonald’s has The Spiderwick Chronicles Happy-Meals now available. If I didn’t think the film, toys, cereal, and video game were surreal enough, this definitely sent me to dreamland. My parents took us kids to get fast food every once and awhile. I grew up on Burger Chef and their equivalent to a Happy …

Spiderwick Action Figs

February 10, 2008

I see that Ty’s Toy Box now has the Spiderwick Action figures available. Choose from Jared, Hogsqueal, Redcap or Mulgarath. Here’s hoping we get a Mallory, Simon and Thimbletack as well. I am not sure if these are final toys pictured here or early prototypes. If anyone finds them, please drop a comment as to …

Whoa, they made a film? Outta my books!?

February 8, 2008

Angela and I just returned from the Los Angeles and New York premieres of The Spiderwick Chronicles movie. We watched the film in both venues (this makes it my 6th time seeing it) and celebrated its completion with Holly and the cast and crew. It was a whirlwind of interviews, photographs and fancy clothes…and in …

Catch Lucky!

January 17, 2008

This ran in today’s Publisher’s Weekly: A Tasty Promotion for Spiderwick By Karen Raugust — Publishers Weekly, 1/17/2008 Simon and Schuster has partnered with General Mills for a 10 million-box, five-brand cereal promotion tied to the Spiderwick Chronicles. Running from January 1 to March 1, the promotion’s timing is tied to the Spiderwick film being …

So Inspired!

January 13, 2008

Angela came across a writing contest, “The Ultimate Fantasy Fan”, that was being run by Spiderwick studio Paramount Pictures and Harry Potter fan club, Mugglenet. The winner of which will be able to interview folks attending the Los Angeles premiere! A 13-year old gal, Amanda, won and here is her killer essay. I can’t begin …

Spiderwick Video Game Stills!

January 8, 2008

Boy, they’ve come a long way since Atari’s Adventure, and Legend of Zelda! Here are some screen-shots of the Spiderwick video game which will have more characters and settings than what is in the movie, check out these Xbox shots:   …and here are some from the Playstation: (*btw, the platform system links take you …

It Begins…

January 3, 2008

Found at the local supermarket today:

Evolution of a GOBLIN (epilogue)

September 3, 2007

My brother, Adam, has pointed out one very important element in this discussion of all things goblin. I would be remiss to not talk about a certain four-legged muse of mine aptly named “Goblin”. Visually, as an artist, I get my inspiration from so many places. I remember one art school instructor telling me that …

Evolution of a GOBLIN (conclusion)

August 26, 2007

Part 4 – Goblins in a Natural World In Katharine Briggs’ “Faeries 101” book, An Encyclopedia of Fairies, she describes goblins as: “A general name for evil and malicious spirits, usually small and grotesque in appearance…” Using what few visual descriptions I could find, I began thinking and designing. From the start, I made them …

Evolution of a GOBLIN (part 3)

August 16, 2007

Part 3 – Designing Between the Lines Living in New York City, and contributing regularly to Magic cards, I was working hard to expand myself on becoming a “more painterly” illustrator and not just be bound by pen & ink. That in mind, I took a lot of life-drawing classes, and frequented the Museum of …

Evolution of a GOBLIN (part 2)

August 11, 2007

Part 2 – I Contribute to Goblindom Well, not really. My early work for Dungeons & Dragons and even my work on the card game Magic the Gathering is just a regurgitation of goblins I had seen before. Simple, iconic images intended to be instantly recognized for what they were. In the case of the …

Evolution of a GOBLIN (part 1)

August 5, 2007

It was the first image completed (and is one of the designs I am most proud of) in Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide – and it was brought to life by the magic team of movie FX wizards at Phil Tippett’s studio – the Spiderwick goblins. Or Diabolus vulgaris from the family Adentidae, as Arthur identified …

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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.