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Friday Fan Art

November 18, 2011

Happy lucky Friday my fantastic friends!  For this week’s post, we’ve got a special Friday Fan Art delight from a very talented fan, Ray.  Ray has sent us an image all the way from Peru! He has been inspired by some of the artwork found in Arthur Spiderwick’s Guide to the Fantastical World Around You and has presented us with a unique rendition and character design of a “Baby Mandrake.”

The Mandrake species is a favorite of Ray’s and he has interpreted this deadly member of nightshade family with youthful features and a fateful bite. Ray has chosen Gouache as his medium for his Mandrake creation (and has done an awesome job using it!)  As I mentioned, Mandrakes members of the Nightshade family and is a root-like plant with strange bifurcations that often resemble human forms.  Perhaps this is where Ray got some of his inspiration.

Love your work Ray, thanks for sending it along.  Keep drawing, keep dreaming!

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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.