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April 27, 2011

Each year, the Society of Illustrators holds an exhibition, called Microvisions, to raise funds for their Student Scholarship. To date, they’ve raised $15K by asking noted illustrators to create an original piece to be auctioned off for the fundraiser. The fun part? As per the title of the show, all originals are 5×7 inches.

Yours truly took a break last week from writing to complete a small color study of a Spiderwick sprite for this event. As I leafed through The Care & Feeding of Sprites, I did a few sketches and finally settled on one of the orchid sprites (my favs).

The auction will be held via eBay in the near future. I’ll post news once it goes live. In the meantime, if you are in New York City, drop by the Society of Illustrators and check out the show.

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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.