Tony Diterlizzi: my 1980s inspirations

Tony Diterlizzi 80s inspirations; a photo of a man in an art studio
(Image credit: Tony Diterlizzi)
Coming soon: WondLa

Tony Diterlizzi 80s inspirations; people riding a weird alien creature

(Image credit: Apple / Skydance Animation / Tony DiTerlizzi)

Watch out for:

- The Apple TV / Skydance animation of The Search for WondLa, which will be released this year (date TBC). Based on Tony’s books and artwork, you may detect hints of his 1980s art influences here, including Moebius and Brian Froud.
- The Spiderwick Chronicles will be hitting Roku later in 2024.

It didn’t feel like a pivotal moment when an art director at Wizards of the Coast contacted illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi about creating a card for Adventures in Forgotten Realms, the new Magic: The Gathering set. Not at first, anyway.

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Garrick Webster

Garrick Webster is a freelance copywriter and branding specialist. He’s worked with major renewable energy companies such as Ecotricity and the Green Britain Group, and has helped develop award-winning branding and packaging for several distilleries in the UK, the US and Australia. He’s a former editor of Computer Arts magazine and has been writing about design, creativity and technology since 1995.