Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ugga Mugga Love

The world needs love, lots of Ugga Mugga love. I painted this on Mother's Day thinking of my Mom who is so far away. This also works for Illustration Friday's theme this week, Mother. Go give your mother a kiss today! Aren't ugga mugga kisses the best?
Ugga Mugga by Traci Van Wagoner ©2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Girl in Pink

Sorry I haven't posted here in a while. I've been busy finishing the illustrations for Rest in Peace RaShawn, which is now available (see Books), as well as finishing some new dog toy designs, and game designs and illustrations. It's good to be busy doing creative work.

On top of client work, I've been having fun paint playing both in Photoshop and on my old iPad with Procreate (which I LOVE).  Lately, I've dived into the @colour_collective challenges each week. I love playing with color and this gives me a jumping off point each week and encourages me to expand my color palette. I have to admit that many of the colors I would not have picked, so it has expanded my art world. This cautious girl and her cat were in my to-do-someday sketch file from past projects, both personal and work related, which spoke to me when I saw the color for this week, Mountbatten Pink. I painted this in Photoshop using my wonderful Cintiq. Enjoy!
Girl in Pink by Traci Van Wagoner
Girl in Pink © 2017 Van Wagoner

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hog Wild Storm

I've been having a ton of fun with my husband and business partner creating books and games for kids. This cute wild hog was inspired by a bunch of sketches I did for a new game we're helping develop for one of our clients. In the midst of our many projects, on a snowy day in New York I had fun painting this little guy struggling with his umbrella in the snow. And since this week's Illustration Friday prompt is Umbrella, this fits right in.
Hog Wild Storm by Traci Van Wagoner
© 2017 Traci Van Wagoner

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Dreams

One night while vegging out to some TV,  I was paint playing on my old iPad with Procreate and my fancy-pants paint brush finger, and with one magical swipe, I discovered a whole bunch more fun and different brushes. Yay! So I set about playing with them, experimenting, doodling, dreaming, and this is what came about, Spring Dreams. My flowery painting also has a snail among other fun bugs, so it fits with Illustration Friday's prompt this week, Snail.

Happy Spring!

Spring Dreams by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, Spring Dreams

Friday, March 3, 2017

Heroic

I think people who stand up to bullies, to those who hate, to the greedy, to the power-hungry are heroic. This is my paint play for Illustration Friday's topic this week (yeah, a bit late) Heroic. Stand up for the little guys, stand up for yourself and what you believe in. Be bold and brave people. I dare you.

Illustration Friday Heroic
© 2017 Traci Van Wagoner

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stomp

I had some fun playing with Procreate on my old iPad painting with my finger and created this for Illustration Friday Stomp. I'm enjoying working on a looser style of art, plus I have to admit that last week I found a bunch of new brushes I hadn't played with before in the program. Have some fun today!

Illustration Friday submission
© 2017 Traci Van Wagoner

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Illustration Friday: Swirl

I love to incorporate swirls into my art and many of my textures contain swirls, so this week's Illustration Friday topic is perfect. Swirl. This is a sample from a picture book of mine which I'm shopping around, Don't Fret, Fred. Cut off from the electronic world, Fred is worried a day with Gram and Gramps out in the boonies will be boring. Boy, was he wrong.

Don't Fret, Fred illustration by Traci Van Wagoner
Don't Fret, Fred @Traci Van Wagoner

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dare to Dream

In honor of Martin Luther King, I dare you to dream. I have chosen DARE as my word this year. Dare to dream, dare to send my work out to editors and art directors, dare to write what scares me, dare to draw things that challenge me. Dare to speak out. Dare to stand up for what is right, what I believe in, and what I want to see happen in our world.

What things do you want to dare do this year? I dare you to do them.
Dare to Dream by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Van Wagoner


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Booker T. Bear Debut

I'm very excited to share the news that Booker T. Bear is making his appearance in the world with his Booker T. Bear's Website! Yay! Go check it out, buy a book or two, and have some fun exploring Juneberry Square. Books One and Two in the Let's Go Series are available for preorder and will be available very soon.

The series of four books (so far) was written by Jen Jellyfish, M.M., illustrated by the creative team at Imagine That! Design (myself and my husband, Kurt Keller) and brought to you by The Library Store, Inc.

This fun series took up a good portion of my time in 2016. It was a fun adventure traveling the world with Booker and his friend Dahlya Dragonfly.

I'd love to hear what you think of Booker's fun adventures.


illustrated by Kurt Keller and Traci Van Wagoner
Booker T. Bear Let's Go Series Book 1
illustrated by Kurt Keller and Traci Van Wagoner
Booker T. Bear Let's Go Series Book 2

Friday, December 16, 2016

Hug More

With all the craziness going on in the world and with an uncertain future looming in America with a President Elect who is woefully unprepared and unable to govern himself, let alone a country, I have painted. We need love. We need diversity. We need understanding and empathy.

We need hugs.

Hug a Day Traci Van Wagoner ArtHug a Day Traci Van Wagoner Art

Hug a day Traci Van Wagoner ArtTVW Monster Hug

TVW Hug a Day
Hug a Day

Please hug someone today and bring a smile, a spark of hope, or a moment of peace and understanding. It is a small world after all and love makes it go around.