childrensillustrations - Traci Van Wagoner's Latest Blog Articles View Traci Van Wagoner's Latest Blog Articles Cody and Grandpa's Christmas Tradition A boy and his grandfather remember those who served. It’s Christmas Eve, and Cody’s family has all gathered for their traditional Christmas party—all except Grandpa, who is sitting quietly in his room, looking out his window at the cloudy sky. Grandpa tells Cody about his time in Vietnam and the Christmas Eve when a bright star appeared through the clouds, giving the soldiers hope. All of the men promised to look for the star every year and remember each other and those who didn’t come home. Cody makes a new tradition: now the whole family will join Grandpa in looking for the star. This touching family story, accompanied by rich illustrations, tells the importance of traditions and honoring those who served their country. Fri, 27 May 2016 14:19:40 +0100 Cody and Grandpa's Christmas Tradition Cody is worried that Grandpa hasn't joined in the festivities on Christmas Eve. He finds out why and learns more about Grandpa and a traditional he has with some old army buddies. Cody shares Grandpa's traditional and starts one of their own. I had a lot of fun illustrating this touching and poignant story about family and traditions. I had the joy of painting many of the spreads over Christmas which really added to the story and to the holiday spirit. I am sharing some sketches now and will share some final colors when they have the final stamp of approval. They are on the Art Director's desk right now. This wonderful Christmas story was written by Gary Metivier and will be published by Pelican Publishing. You can preorder now at Amazon and B& It will be available September 1, 2016. I'm so excited!   Playfully, Traci Live, laugh, and learn. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:33:54 +0000 The Mermaid's Gift Out of the bitter storm comes a gift that saves a village. This story is a beautiful adaptation of the Italian folktale of how Burano began crafting its famous lace. Rich, intricate illustrations by noted illustrator Traci Van Wagoner complement the delicate tale. Readers young and old will appreciate the resourcefulness and devotion of Gianni and Nicoletta in this title, destined to be a classic. This fun and beautiful book, which I illustrated and was written by Cladia Cangilla McAdam, is coming soon to bookstores! You can preorder now from the publisher Pelican Publishing, B&N, and Amazon. Up for grabs is 1 F&G (folded and gathered), which is a special pre-publication edition of the book. Enter to win at Goodreads. I hope you all enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed illustrating it. Live, laugh, and learn. Traci Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:53:53 +0100 The Mermaid's Gift I'm very excited to have been commissioned by Pelican Publishing to illustrate The Mermaid's Gift written by Claudia Cangilla McAdam. I was given the job after providing sketches for the main character and of mermaids. I am very excited to be bringing this story to life with my art. I love retellings of old stories and I love to paint mythical creatures. So much fun! Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:05:28 +0000 Anything Can Happen in Mrs. Whynot's Room   I'm so happy to be illustrating a new picture book! "Anything Can Happen in Mrs. Whynot’s Room” written by Jayne Peters focuses on Marcy, a reluctant writer. By talking to her classmates, playing with words and listening to stories (to name a few things) Marcy realizes she has lots of tales to tell. There is also a little bit of magic as pencils hover above students and clay characters come to life.   Here is the initial cover illustration for the book. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:47:43 +0100 Anything Can Happen in Mrs. Whynot's Room I had a lot of fun developing the characters for the new picture book I'm illustrating. These are rough character sheets for the two main characters in the book, Mrs. Whynot and Marcy.      Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:46:57 +0100 Dragon Riders I have been expanding my portfolio and developing my illustration skills and styles, and so I decided to tackle a sketch I've had a round for a while. I love dragons and all things fantasy, and I had a blast painting this and playing with the lighting and textures. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. More cover illustrations to come so stay tuned. Thu, 22 May 2014 10:30:27 +0100