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Welcome to the NEW

May 30, 2011

I am happy to share with you all the relaunch of my site,! I hope you stay for a bit and have a look around…

My wonderful web designer, Anthony Salimbene, and I have been working off-and-on for several months now to get the site just right. You’ll notice that the Flash animation is gone, allowing to be viewed on a variety of mobile devices including the ubiquitous iPhone and iPad. Because we have returned to using html code, you (and I) can link to any image or page within the site – yay!

One of my biggest priorities was the ability to share my artwork in a large, easy-to-navigate browser. I’ve uploaded some of my favorite images from my book illustrations as well as my early years as a gaming artist. There is even a sketchbook as well, full of ideas and explorations. I’ll be adding more to these galleries in the coming months, and will feature any gallery with new art on the “Featured Gallery” widget here on the home page.

I loved the interface on the art galleries so much that I used it for my photo albums (under the ABOUT section). I’ve got a handful of photos up now, but will be adding lots more next week from my travels and events over the past 10 years of bookmaking.

Anthony and I will continue to refine the site over the next month (like adding the desktops and updating the FAQ answers), so if there is something you’d like to see, just leave me a comment below. (Speaking of comments, I did lose a couple of recent comments in the transition of the blog. If you commented on a blog post in the last couple of weeks, can you please re-post? I promise I’ll reply:)

I’ve been fortunate to have a web presence since 1994 when a fan, Jim Gaynor, created a page of my work for the Changeling role-playing game. Since then, I’ve gone through several iterations of the site, but it has always been with you, my friends and fans, in mind. Thank you for supporting me and my work all these years and allowing me to do what I do. Have a great holiday weekend!

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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.