My husband and I spent some time after New Years browsing in bookstores, searching for inspiring art styles. I’ve been looking more and more at a book that’s been collecting dust on my shelf for a long time: Brian Froud – The World of The Dark Crystal. I was mystified by the film when I first saw it as a child, and the more I see the film, th e more I appreciate the rich creativity that went into making the film. This book is so inspiring to me. I first saw it whe my Illustration professor, Dominic Scibilia, at CIA brought it in – I gasped. As a writer I am in awe of the concept of how we can create something real in someone’s mind — even entire worlds — using only words on a page. What amazed me most about Brian Froud’s work was how he created a new world with his pencil, right down to its very basic design elements.