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Oh No! I created an original piece for sale

August 5, 2010

My super-creative pal, Dan Santat, along with hilarious author, Mac Barnett, have organized an auction to benefit 826LA. 826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Dan and Mac asked a bunch of illustrators to re-imagine a scene from their totally awesome new picture book, OH NO! which came out this summer. Of course, I was honored and thrilled to participate and be in such winning company. Below is my initial sketch:

They are exhibiting the originals at the Nucleus Gallery (from August 14-17th) before they place the originals for auction on eBay. Winning bidders will receive the original art piece along with an official police report filled out by the artist, a copy of OH NO! signed by Mac Barnett and Dan Santat, and an exclusive limited edition print.

Here are the details:

AUG 14 – 17

NUCLEUS GALLERY. Open public viewing. Books will be signed, and limited prints from the book will be sold.

AUG 23 – 27


AUG 30 – SEPT 3


…I am not sure which auction my piece will be in, but once I hear, I’ll post it. Thanks for your support and good luck bidding!

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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.