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Illustrator Tomie dePaola on Inspiration

DePaola fondly remembers the stories and anthologies his mother read to him as a child. He encourages aspiring artists to look for inspiration beyond the page.

Years ago when I taught painting, design, and illustration, I encouraged my students to look at as much STUFF as they could — paintings in museums and galleries, illustrations in book and magazines and posters, patterns on fabrics and wallpaper, movies and plays and dance pieces — everything and anything. Just get your eyes and heads full of all sorts of images because you’ll never know when and what you might need to get inspired. (Brightly)

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