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New Scans of Old Art

June 16, 2011

We’ve returned to our home in Amherst this week and I am happy to be back in New England. I’ve handed in the first draft of the second WondLa book and will be starting the jacket art very soon. Yay!

Now that I am back in the studio, I’ve access to all of my art archives and have been adding lots of crisp new scans of some older art to fill up the galleries here on the site. Of particular interest are some color character designs from my children’s books like Jimmy Zangwow and Alien & Possum.

I even found some color studies done a few year’s back for WondLa (like these early designs for Besteel). In fact, there were so many variations of Rovender Kitt, that I think it will warrant its own future post.

Also, I scanned in a nice selection of my favorite Magic the Gathering card images. I realized I’ve sold most of the artwork off, so the collection here is limited (however, the R. Michelson Gallery in nearby Northampton does have a few originals for sale.) Enjoy browsing the artwork and let me know if there is something you’d like to see more of.

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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.