Mr. Buttons and His Button Collection

Illustration

I’m working on an 8-page comic about a smarmy crow named Mr. Buttons who falls in love with a hot tub chlorinator that’s shaped like a duck. Here’s the cover:

Mr Buttons cover by Sheri Roloff

And here is Mr. Buttons’ button collection, which I’ll be using for the end papers in the print version of the comic:

Button Collection by Sheri Roloff

I’m working on the inside pages and hope to post the entire comic soon!

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New comic pages for Cognito Sanchez

Children's Books, Illustration, Writing

Happy Wednesday to you! I’m working on sketching out new pages for my graphic novel work-in-progress Cognito Sanchez: Dive Another Day. Here are some rough sketches of upcoming pages. More pages plus ink and color coming soon!

Cognito Sanchez_Page 14 by Sheri RoloffCognito Sanchez_Page 15 by Sheri RoloffCognito Sanchez_Page 16 by Sheri Roloff

You can find finished art samples for Cognito Sanchez and other projects on my illustration page. Thanks for taking a look!

Inktober Day 4

Children's Books, Illustration, Inktober

I’m not sure if this is cheating, but I’m trying to combine some of my current projects with my daily Inktober work. So, the pages below were created over the course of a couple days, not in one sitting. Is that a requirement? I don’t know. But I am drawing and inking (digitally and/or analog…ly) every day and posting updates (not always here, but on Twitter). And that’s the point, right?

Without further ado – here’s the opening spread of Cognito Sanchez: Dive Another Day.

Cognito Sanchez page 2 by Sheri Roloff

Cognito Sanchez page 3 by Sheri Roloff

#Inktober2016 – Day 1

Children's Books, Illustration

I’m excited to participate in Inktober this year! I won’t usually be doing full color, but I needed to draw this for a separate project, so… two birds, one stone (no pun intended!). I inked and colored this in Photoshop.

Here’s a rare Polaroid of Cognito Sanchez (from the Squirrel Intelligence Agency) trying to keep a low profile out in the field. He’s actually not doing too bad. 🙂

Cognito Polaroid by Sheri Roloff

Happy Inking!

 

Use a Graphic Designer’s Mindset to Boost Illustration Impact

Art, Children's Books, Illustration

It turns out a graphic designer’s perspective can be a huge asset when illustrating. Often a few key tweaks can take an illustration to the next level. I try my darndest to think like a designer, but whenever I need outside feedback on my illustrations, I ask my designer friend for her thoughts and BAM! improvements abound.

Here’s my newest example. I created a title page for my in-progress graphic novel using the concept of a TV show opener. You know, the part where the show’s setting and characters are introduced during the theme song. Here’s what I initially came up with:

Cognito Sanchez_Title Page_v1 by Sheri Roloff

I was pretty happy with it. It felt balanced. I liked the flow and layout. But when I placed it within the context of the cover and the chapter 1 sketches, it felt a little out of place. Now, this is an area where graphic designers shine: creating a cohesive look and feel across multiple materials. Upon asking for feedback, my designer friend suggested flooding the background with a color to better coordinate with the cover. And that’s when it hit me: expand the skyline image and extend the water behind the panels below. I also added bubbles, just for good measure. Here’s the result:

Cognito Sanchez_Title Page by Sheri Roloff

So much better! I’m much happier with it, and it coordinates far better with the cover now:

Cognito Sanchez_Cover by Sheri Roloff

It’s exciting when small changes make such a big difference. For more in-depth look at how graphic designer superpowers can boost illustration work, check out my SCBWI blog post. Or befriend a graphic designer today!

 

New Comics: Cognito Sanchez Sketches & More

Art, Children's Books

Hi there,

I’ve been knee deep in first chapter sketches for Cognito Sanchez. Here is the newly imagined first page. My inspiration was TV show intros where they show the setting and the main characters while the theme song plays.

Cognito Sanchez_intro page by Sheri Roloff

I’ve sketched out the first chapter of Cognito Sanchez. See the first few pages here.

 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

Cognito Sanchez: Opening Spread Sketch

Children's Books, Illustration, Writing

I’m excited to share a sketch of the opening spread of Cognito Sanchez: Dive Another Day! I’m working on sketching the first chapter, so more to come soon. In the meantime, you can see more illustrations here. Thanks for stopping by!

Cognito Sanchez: opening spread by Sheri Roloff

 

In-progress: Tom & Gibson storyboard

Children's Books, Illustration, Uncategorized

I’m working on a 32-page origin story for Tom & Gibson. I started with small thumbnails on graph paper, which I’m now fleshing out more in Photoshop.

In-progress storyboards for Tom & Gibson by Sheri Roloff

Once I get the story to flow exactly how I want, I’ll move on to full-page sketches. That’s all for this work-in-progress Wednesday. Have a great week!

Greetings from the Squirrel Intelligence Agency

Art, Children's Books, Illustration

Hello there!

I’m excited to share some of the characters from from my graphic novel work-in-progress: Cognito Sanchez! See a mockup of the cover and additional art here.

Cognito Sanchez_SIA Characters by Sheri Roloff

I’m working on more art samples, including SIA (the Squirrel Intelligence Agency) headquarters, the villains (muhaha!) and perhaps a sample spread. More soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Cognito Sanchez: Dive Another Day – Cover Concept Reveal!

Uncategorized

I’ve been hard at work on a manuscript and sample art for a 160-page graphic novel. I’m really excited to share the front and back cover with you today!

Cognito Sanchez: Dive Another Day by Sheri Roloff

The idea for this book sprouted from a couple illustrations I did of impostor squirrel several months ago. Since then, it’s grown into a full-blown story with an eclectic cast of characters. Here’s the pitch:

JAMES BOND meets MADAGASCAR with a mockumentary twist in COGNITO SANCHEZ – a graphic novel series for kids ages 8 to 12.

I’m taking this illustration with me to SCBWI’s Wild Wild Midwest Conference this weekend. I can’t wait to hang out with my fellow writer and illustrator friends and soak up more industry knowledge. I’m on the hook to write a conference recap post for the SCBWI-Wisconsin Chapter’s blog, so more on the conference coming soon!