Jupiter in Technicolor

Art

I’m on a bit of a space kick right now. I made this primarily on my iPad Pro, but added the stars at the end with Kyle’s Spatter Brushes in Photoshop. Kyle’s brushes are awesome and very reasonably priced – highly recommended!

Jupiter in Technicolor by Sheri Roloff

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Blue Planet Digital Art Experiment

Art, Illustration

I’ve been having a blast playing with my new iPad Pro & Apple Pencil combo. While Wacom’s Cintiq is still the king, this mobile setup does a ton of cool stuff. It’s super immersive, intuitive as heck and I love how natural the pencil feels. Right now I’m using Adobe Photoshop Sketch because I like all the Creative Cloud integration. I hear Procreate is superior, but haven’t given it a fair shake yet. For now, here’s the first thing I’ve made that I think is worth sharing.

Blue Planet by Sheri Roloff

It was fun experimenting with new brushes, and I’m really digging the mobile setup so far.

Well, that’s all for now. Back to wrapping presents and preparing for Christmas! Hope your Christmas prep is going well. 🙂

New Art: Summer Storm

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I finally finished it! Summer Storm is an original mixed media piece I created with acrylics, marker and spray paint on a 15″W x 30″H canvas. Yay for finishing things!

Summer Storm by Sheri Roloff

Summer Storm by Sheri Roloff

Summer Storm by Sheri Roloff

Sneak Peek: In-Progress Painting

Art

Here’s a sneak peek of a painting I’m working on. As you can see, I am under the watchful eye of a sinister critic ready to pounce and correct me at any moment.

I could use a name for this piece. Suggestions are welcome!

In-Progress Painting by Sheri Roloff

Creative Workspace Tour

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I’ve been meaning to do a post on creative workspaces for a while because I really enjoy taking a sneak peek into where people do their creative work. I think it’s interesting and inspiring. In fact (nerd alert!), I have a Pinterest board dedicated to it. So now that I’ve grown to really love my workspace, I thought I would share it.

Most people use their dining room to dine, but my husband and I turned this space into the desk zone (his desk is on the opposite wall). When I want to sound fancy I call it our studio. 🙂

Desk

I have a trestle-style desk with a nice big work surface. I store art supplies and my printer on the shelves underneath. You can barely see my chair in the photo above because it’s made of clear acrylic. I wanted something that wouldn’t take up much visual space, and the Vapor Chair from CB2 does the trick. I also really dig my task lamp. It provides ample light and is easily adjustable. Plus, it attaches right to the desk so it doesn’t take up much valuable desktop space.

Work in progress

The canvas on the clear acrylic easel is a work in progress. I like to have in-progress work in sight so I can problem solve and think about next steps even when I’m not actively painting.

Bookshelf

My bookshelf holds an eclectic array of writing books, fiction and non-fiction books, children’s picture books (my favorites for inspiration!) and art books. On top I rotate 8″ x 10″ paintings on a mini acrylic easel and the dino seemed like just the right quirky accent to finish it all off. Given the amount of CB2 merch I pointed out, one might think this post was sponsored by CB2! But really, I just identify with their style.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my workspace. What’s your favorite aspect of your workspace? Please share in the comments below!

New art, Halloween fun and writing shenanigans

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Happy Halloween, everyone! To celebrate, I’d like to share two new art pieces presented by some of my bolder costume-clad coworkers.

Matt emanates a bit of pirate essence on an average day, but today he was particularly convincing. He’s pictured here contemplating “Treasure on Bearhead Island,” which is, obviously, of particular interest to him.

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For the Breaking Bad fans out there, I think you’ll appreciate Tom’s hazmat suit ensemble, which is also a great backdrop for “Molecular Entropy.”

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I’d like to add that upon arriving at work this morning, I was handed this tiny 2” x 2” zip-lock bag filled with some pretty sketchy-looking rock candy.

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So yeah, another great day on the copy team! Crazy writers…

Speaking of crazy writers, tomorrow is the first day of NaNoWriMo – 50,000 words in 30 days. Some of my coworkers are attempting this great feat, but not I. Instead, I’m attempting the less popular, but still nerdy-cool, PiBoIdMo – Picture Book Idea Month – one new picture book idea per day for the entire month of November.

I’m excited because my awesome picture book critique group is all participating. I’m hoping the peer pressure will help me stick with it! If you’d like to join the PiBoIdMo fun, sign up here.

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Happy November!

Night & Day – 18” x 24” abstract painting

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A week or two ago, I finished this mixed-media abstract painting. I experimented with different patterns and even used an empty liquor bottle to achieve some of the textures. The bottle had cool ridges on it, so I had to use it for something before I recycled it!

The finished piece makes me think of a sky, both earthy and celestial, so I titled the piece Night & Day to speak to the sky-like contrast throughout.

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Night & Day is available for $200 plus shipping to your location. If interested, please contact me at tellmelucille@gmail.com.

Commissioned painting: Creative Flow

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Creative Flow is a commissioned piece I created for a Milwaukee-based writer. The piece resides directly over her writing desk as a visual depiction of the creative process. The client was great to work with. She selected the colors, canvas size (30″ x 40″) and overall theme of gears and I took it from there. The result is something we are both proud of.

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If you are interested in custom work, please feel free to email me to get the conversation started: tellmelucille@gmail.com.

Macroscopic Bio Series Paintings

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The Macroscopic Bio Series features a growing collection of abstract, larger-than-life organically inclined paintings. Here are the first three paintings of the series:

Exhale by Sheri Roloff

Exhale by Sheri Roloff – 36″ x 46″ acrylic on canvas

Exhale by Sheri Roloff - detail shot

Exhale by Sheri Roloff – detail shot

Systemic Heart by Sheri Roloff

Systemic Heart by Sheri Roloff – 24″ x 30″ abstract acrylic painting on canvas

Systemic Heart by Sheri Roloff - detail shot

Systemic Heart by Sheri Roloff – detail shot

Think Tank by Sheri Roloff - 30 x 24"

Think Tank by Sheri Roloff – 30 x 24″ abstract acrylic on canvas

Think Tank by Sheri Roloff - detail shot

Think Tank by Sheri Roloff – detail shot

I’ll share more pieces from this collection soon!