I recently met artist D.J Svoboda and learned about his work as an artist and his passion for helping others with autism and those who deal with the hardships of teasing and bullying for being different. D.J is 28 years old man living in North Carolina and was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. He created Imagifriends, colorful characters he draws who all have a special purpose in society and some of whom have different mental or physical challenges but are accepted just the way they are. D.J then decided that these Imagifriends needed a place they could call home, so he created Imagiville, a community where everyone is accepted and appreciated for his/her differences. He expresses these ideas of a perfect society through his drawings and donates a portion of his proceeds to autism organizations.
I love D.J's detailed, vibrant drawings and they made beautiful Christmas cards this year! He has a variety of products, including cards, calendars, tote bags, story books, mugs, puzzles, and prints. One of his specialties is drawing "Imaginames," which is where he creates Imagifriends out connected letters of your name. To place a personalized order, check out his website here. You can also download free coloring pages on the site! D.J is truly a remarkable and talented young man who encourages kindness and acceptance, a message we all need to be reminded of from time to time.