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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 the Spiderwick dragon.

Keep drawing. Keep imagining, Tobias.

PS – Have some art you’d like to share? Send it to my loverly wife, Angela, and maybe I’ll post it:

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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.