Tony DiTerlizzi

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Tony DiTerlizzi
DiTerlizzi in 2015.
DiTerlizzi in 2015.
Born (1969-09-06) September 6, 1969 (age 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, illustrator
Notable awardsCaldecott Honor
SpouseAngela DiTerlizzi


Tony M. DiTerlizzi (Born September 6, 1971) is an American Fantasy artist, children's book illustrator & creator, RPG Worldbuilder & Creator and motion picture producer.

Education[change | change source]

he attended South Fork High School in 1985. He went to college at the Florida School of the Arts and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where he earned a graphic design degree in 1992.

Influences[change | change source]

DiTerlizzi cites a variety of artists including Walt Disney, Don Bluth, Arthur Rackham, Norman Rockwell, James Gurney, Bernie Wrightson, Dr. Seuss, Charles R. Knight, Ernest Shepard and Beatrix Potter as as major creative influences. DiTerlizzi was also influenced by artists from The Renaissance such as Hieronymus Bosch and Leonardo Da Vinci, Early 1900s magazine artists Like Maxfield Parrish and Heinrich Kley, classic children's book illustrators Like Arthur Rackham, Ernest Shepard, John Tenniel, A.B. Frost and Maurice Sendak, and modern fantasy artists like Boris Vallejo, Frank Frazetta, Jim Henson, Brian Froud, Todd Lockwood, James Gurney, Alan Lee, Edward Gorey, John Howe, The Brothers Hildebrandt, Roy Krenkel, Burne Hogarth, Jeff Jones, Gerald Brom, Bob Eggleston, Stan Winston & Michael Whelen. Another inspiration was David Trampier, who illustrated much of AD&D's first Monster Manual, which DiTerlizzi recalled as his favorite book as a child: "I would copy Trampier's drawings over and over."

DiTerlizzi is also a fan of the works of Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffery, Neil Gaiman, Tracy J. Hickman, Margaret Weiss, Robert Jordan, Robin Hobb, C.S. Lewis, Terry Brooks, Lloyd Alexander and the Brothers Grimm.

Illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Edmund Duloc, Kay Neilsen, N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Todd Lockwood and Ernest Shepard all had an impact, as well as author/illustrators like Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein and Richard Scarry and Cartoonists like Bill Watterson, Carl Barks, Walt Kelly, Jeff Smith and Charles M. Schulz.