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Who is Traci Van Wagoner?

I received a Bachelors degree in Illustration & Advertising Design from Utah State University and a BFA in Toy Design from Fashion Institute of Technology..... *snore* That’s the technical side of my background which says I’ve spent a lot of time in school drawing, painting, playing with type, page layout, concepts, characters, and developing ideas.


Depending on the time of the day, the real me is an illustrator, artist, writer, reader, designer, dog walker, pool player, gardener, and a Night Elf druid known as Vaingor. Creative pursuits have included: playing the piano, playing pool (sometimes you have to be creative to win in APA), a short stint as an advertising copywriter, portrait painting, photography and sculpture.


I’m a farm bred girl turned city slicker. NYC has been good to me. It brought me a new career and my love, Kurt Keller. Shortly after we met (when he stole my new toy) in toy school way back in 1994, we joined forces, me handling the artsy side and he the techy side, and created a product and game design company, Imagine That! Design. I love being my own boss and getting to work with my rambunctious dog, Hanna, waiting patiently(?) for play time. And I love that I get to create fun for children in the form of games, toys, and books.


My mission is to bring smiles to the world and a to help foster better understanding between everyone. Oh, also, to encourage the use of your imagination.


Please contact me if you'd like to hire me for portrait or painting commission, for fantasy art, or to hire me to bring your book to life. Also, if you're an author who is self-publishing, please read my post Hiring an Illustrator in FAQ to get a better understanding of the process.

Clients Include:

Nomad Press

Learning A-Z

Pelican Publishing

The Library Store

Creative Medicine

Pauline Books & Media

Roosterfin Games

Puddle Duck Publishing


New Moon Magazine

Highlights Magazine

International Masters Publishers

Silver Editions

Ten to Two Children’s Books

Jacob Packaged Goods

Nancy Hall Associates

Herman Agency

SCBWI Bulletin / SCBWI Metro NY Newsletter

Once Upon a Time

EB Brands

Leap Frog

Moose Entertainment

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