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(The return of) Friday Fan Art!

October 8, 2010

Finally! I know, I know…its been awhile…too long in fact. But with the breakneck speed with which I wrote and illustrated The Search for WondLa, and the hectic press surrounding the fall tour, I have had little time to organize and scan the AMAZING art sent to me over the past year. But wait no more dear readers, for I will be posting Friday Fan Art on a regular basis until the year’s end. I want to kick things off with some favorites from a package of art sent to me by 13-year old (and fellow Pioneer Valley resident) Gabe.

You can see that Gabe is inspired by the Spiderwick books, but has now created his own characters, like Nallorhack the ogre:

…or the fiery King Gomkarke…

…Bruno & Lubilon, hobgoblins…

…or even this Northern Ebony Drake.

Keep up the great work, Gabe. I LOVE your imagination (and inking skills). I can’t wait to see where you venture to with your fantastic work.

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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.