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Friday Fan Art

July 20, 2012

This week we received some Wondlaful drawings inspired by the WondLa trilogy from magnificent Maine.  Neil is an aspiring writer and artist who gains much inspiration from reading books and looking at other artist’s illustrations (I definitely know what he means by that). Check out this awesome profile series Neil has created featuring some of our favorite Orbonian residents.

Nice work, Neil.  You’ve done a great job capturing some of our most beloved friends (and foe).  I love how you’ve included Eva’s messy hairstyle, Rovender’s furrowed brow, and Besteel’s sinister grin!

Though it is important to draw inspiration from artist’s one admires, it is equally important to develop your own ideas.  Here, Neil has rendered his own illustration – depicting a girl in front of a large mysterious house.  Is she just arriving at the house or has she just left in a hurry?  Is there anyone or anything else in the house?  Is she frightened and if so why?  One intriguing picture has the potential for so many different stories and here Neil has tactfully given us just enough information to get those storyboard gears rolling.  When you look at Neil’s drawing what do you see?

Keep writing, 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.