Ten Imaginary Years (1993-2003)

Ten Imaginary Years (1993-2003)

Celebrating ten years as a professional illustrator

Tony was the Guest of Honor at the 2003 Gen Con Game Fair, which showcased his artwork and offered a platform for the debut of his new book series with Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles. This sketchbook captured the growth and development of Tony’s technical skills throughout the first decade of his career: from his entrée as contributing illustrator for role-playing games (Dungeons & Dragons, Planescape) and trading cards (like Magic the Gathering) to magazine and book illustration.

This sketchbook was initially released in a signed edition of 100 copies. Due to high demand, Tony reissued an additional 100 signed copies in 2004.

Published: August 2003
Format: Softcover, 64 pages
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Self-published in 2 editions of 100 signed copies each
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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.