Friday, June 23, 2017

Gertrude Pye a Picture Book Character

Once again, colour_collective inspired me and pushed me to create something new in a color palette outside my norm with this week's color, licorice. This is the, Gertrude, the MC for a picture book I'm creating. Last week I shared her little brother who believes dragons are troublesome. Gertrude believes they are misunderstood. What do you believe?
character illustration by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, all rights reserved

Friday, June 16, 2017

Picture Book Character

I've had a crazy week without much art getting done. I really enjoyed having a few moments (or so) to paint play with this fun character from sketches for a little brother to a MC in a current picture book I'm writing and illustrating. As brothers often are, this little guy can be a pain, but ain't he cute?

I'm finding #colour_collective to be a great inspiration and deadline for painting something new and helping to expand my color palette each week. This week was Ceylon Yellow.

I hope you enjoy Bratford.
Traci Van Wagoner illustration for picture book
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mermaid Glade

Happy Friday! I had some fun this week in between a hectic and fairly dramatic week dealing with getting more work, tax problems, and family issues to paint one of my MerMay sketches, Mermaid Glade, for colour_collective. The color was iris blue. I'm enjoying expanding my abilities to paint backgrounds and settings as well as dramatic light and balancing textures and all that good stuff. I think I just might have pulled this one off.

If there's enough interest, I'll create a poster and other goodies in my Zazzle and RedBubble stores with this art. What do you think?
Traci Van Wagoner illustration
© 2017 Traci Van Wagoner, Mermaid Glade

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Girl in Yellow

Sitting in my studio on a rainy, dreary day in NYC,  I've decided the world needs a splash of yellow. So here's my Sweet Girl in Yellow. Perhaps the sun will come out tomorrow. Stayin' positive.
Girl in yellow by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner