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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 schools and talking about my process for creating children’s books, but wasn’t sure how interesting it would be to undergrads. If the enthusiasm of the Kansas City Art Institute was any indication, I need to think about this tour a little more seriously. Especially when one of the students gave me a drawing from WondLa!

Thanks for the sweet rendition of Eva, J Victoria. All my best to you and good luck with your career as an artist.

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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.