About me

Now go, and make interesting mistakes. Make Interesting. Mistakes. Make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.”
― Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art

I was born in Pisa, Italy, from a Brazilian mom and an Italian dad. With my heart already divided between two countries, I decided to add a third by falling in love with an American man and moving to the United States to be with him. I am now raising two beautiful multicultural boys that think, like me, that the world is after all a very small place. 

Maybe because of my background, communication has always interested me in all shape and forms: before becoming an illustrator, I studied languages and theater and worked in entertainment, travel and language instruction.

I have a BFA in Children’s Book Illustration from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and a BA in English and Spanish Language and Literature from the Universita degli Studi di Pisa.

In 2020 I won the SCBWI ILLINOIS Prairie Prize for the fall conference “Full Zoom Ahead” with my space themed illustration.

Books I have worked on:

Two Tortoises in the forest  (Picture Book) by Bahar Sener, Dixi Books (Turkey, 2019)

Daniel Feels Purple (Picture Book) by Fernando Gonzalez III (2019, self-published) 

The Cayuga Island Kids (Chapter Book Series)  by Judy Bradbury,  City of Light Publishing, Buffalo, NY

Book 1: The Mystery of the Barking Branches and the Sunken Ship  (April 2021)

Book 2: The Adventure of the Big Fish by the Small Creek (September 2021)

The Very Thirsty Mama (Picture Book)by Elena Garcia Dauenhauer (2020, self-published)

The Extra Special Birthday Gift (Picture Book) by Kim Jayhan (2021, self-published)  

Books I am currently working on:

The Cayuga Island Kids, Book 3: The Case of the Messy Message and the Missing Facts by Judy Bradbury, City of Light Publishing, Buffalo, NY (April 2022)

Billie the Brain (Non-fiction) by Dr. John Hutton and Dr. Ryan A. Moore, Blue Manatee Press (Cincinnati, OH, 2022)

Lucy’s Engineering Adventures (Picture Book) by Danielle Passaglia, ASHRAE (2021)

Let Mommy Poop in Peace (Picture Book) by Tom Weybright (2021, self-published)

Baby Celebrates Both (Picture Book) by Caitlin Alexander and Ian Roth, Beaver’s Pond Press (Saint Paul, MN, 2021)

Although I see myself as an Illustrator first, I have several completed or in progress picture books dummies, available upon request. I am currently seeking representation.

When I am not drawing, I love learning new things and pursue new hobbies to avoid cleaning the house. I have a real passion for Shakespeare; in fact, I have created over 100 illustrated portraits of Shakespeare which you can find on Instagram under the account Shakesportraits

Contact

(815) 354-8954
vagnoli.gabriella@gmail.com