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Friday Fan Art (From One Artist to Another)

August 17, 2012

Carlos Rocafort is a freelance illustrator and designer whom I had the pleasure of meeting while on book tour this past spring.

During my signing at Hicklebee’s in San Jose, Carlos handed me a quick portrait sketch drawn from life while I was doing my presentation. Needless to say I was flattered – mostly by his generosity of my hair and hairline.

Shortly after, I received a polished colored piece with a few familiar faces added. As Carlos said, “We loved your chat and books so much that we wanted to give you something back.”

Thank you for this, Carlos. Please continue drawing and creating. I am sure one day soon, someone is going to say the same about your work (if they haven’t already).

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.