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August 18, 2010

With a little more than a month to go before the release of The Search for WondLa, I am finally able to share some jpegs of my favorite illustrations in the book (there are 70 total). These are all 2-page spreads that open up each chapter. There will be a small block of text on each, which is basically the inverse of what you usually see in a 500-page novel (think of the art in the chapter openers in the Harry Potter books, for instance). This first one is of my heroine, Eva Nine, and it is the opening image of Chapter 1.

…Here is Eva’s first encounter with the gruff curmudgeon, Rovender Kitt…

…and this is the wicked huntsman, Besteel, with his sonic boomrod…

This was one of the first finished images that came to mind for this book. Its of the mysterious Arius in her den.

This is Queen Ojo with her royal procession.

…and this is the world they inhabit, Orbona. Its named after the goddess of orphans…

Enjoy! I’ll be posting more, plus tour dates VERY soon!

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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.