Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator who has been creating richly illustrated, imaginative stories for over ten years. From his debut picture book, “Jimmy Zangwow’s Out of This World Moon Pie Adventure“, to the inspired and Caldecott Medal winning “The Spider and the Fly“, Tony has continued to delight and entertain children and adults alike. Here, the visionary mind of “The Spiderwick Chronicles” with Holly Black and the creator of “The Search for Wondla” series, has graciously offered his insights on creativity as part of the CHLA fundraising series, “Interview with Artists.” His answers not only inspire the artist within us all, but also express a most positive outlook on the importance of struggle, support, and interestingly enough, boredom! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and I hope you will help spread a similar sense of joy and creativity by donating to CHLA.
Em: “Why, to you, is art and creativity essential?
Tony DiTerlizzi: “It is essential that I have an outlet to express myself. Sometimes I need to express a simple mood or emotion, or I want to share a complicated idea, or even a surreal dream that I’ve had. In finding a way to share my ideas with others, I am creating a pathway to understand myself at a deeper level. Read more