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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 the dwarf:


Both were copied in great detail from Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide. I might add that this is exactly how I learned to draw: copying art out of books that inspired me.

Keep it up Cris and Leo! I can’t wait to see where your art takes you.

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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.