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WondLa Sneak-Peek!

April 14, 2010

Simon & Schuster has put together a little teaser using some of the early illustrations for my upcoming novel, The Search for WondLa. Check it out.

The flat two-color art style was inspired by printing processes of the late eighteenth century. You may have seen it before in the printed works of Alfonse Mucha and other artists from the Art Novueau movement. Or even the great Russian children’s book illustrator, Ivan Bilibin. Of course, contemporary illustrators, like Jean-Giraud Moebius, have used the flat color palette to great effect, especially in the comics and magazines Moebius illustrated in the 1970’s and 80’s.

I’ll share more of the art (and the process) with you as the release date draws near. With over 40 two-page illustrations opening each and every chapter, there is a considerable amount of art in this book.

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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.