BIG NEWS! My debut picture book is going to be published by KWiL!

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My debut picture book Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus is set to be published by Milwaukee’s own KWiL Publishing in Spring 2018! KWiL has a cool business model as a small, startup publisher, and I’m excited to partner with them not only on the book, but also on promotions, community events and more! KWiL’s founder Abby Janowiec and I celebrated the contract signing by hanging out with the book’s main characters Steve and Daryl. We are pretty darn sneaky… 🙂

Sheri and Abby hanging out with Steve and Daryl

So what’s Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus about? I think KWiL puts it nicely:

“After a long and successful run of the Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus show, Steve and Daryl are retired, relaxed and ready to eat pizza, lots and lots of pizza, until…a kid—the reader—shows up expecting a round of hide-and-go-seek. Reluctant as they may be, this dinomite duo never disappoints; and as soon as they pop the pizza in the oven and go over the rules, the countdown is on.

Alternately talking directly to the reader and arguing with each other over whom the reader found first, Steve and Daryl are a delight, and even more delightful to find, which is what readers are invited to do on three full spreads. Combine dinosaurs, pizza, hilarious countdowns and actual games of hide-and-go- seek, and young readers will be asking to read—or better yet—play with—this book over and over again.”

The story was inspired by several random things, including this drawing I posted in February, which then evolved into these guys:

Steve & Daryl by Sheri Roloff

The look of Steve and Daryl continued to evolve when I sketched out the entire story, so the Steve and Daryl you see in the final book will be a tad different than the drawing above. But I’m in the process of finalizing tweaks to the sketches and manuscript, and then I’m diving into final art. Stay tuned for teasers as it all comes together!

Tom & Gibson Sample Artwork

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Well… I fell off the Inktober bandwagon. Inking every day wasn’t the problem; it was the idea of sharing it every day. Sometimes the things I draw are best left inside a closed sketchbook! Once I realized that the thought of having to post something every day was not appealing to me, I remembered working on something every day was (like NaNoWriMo!). So I kept working on my main projects instead, which didn’t always involve inking or sharing.

Here’s one thing I finished up. It’s a sample page from Tom & Gibson: a quirky story about a pet and master power struggle. Meet Tom the walrus person and Gibson the purple cat.

Tom & Gibson Sample Art by Sheri Roloff

Kittenstiltskin

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Perhaps you’ve heard of Rumpelstiltskin, but have you heard of Kittenstiltskin?

Kittenstiltskin by Sheri Roloff

Kittenstiltskin by Sheri Roloff

Kittenstiltskin by Sheri Roloff

Kittenstiltskin by Sheri Roloff

Impostor Squirrel Returns… in color!

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Reintroducing…. Impostor Squirrel! You may recall Impostor Squirrel from his black & white debuts here and here.

In other news, I’ve learned that both impostor and imposter are acceptable spellings. However, the consensus (based solely on a quick Google search) seems to be that impostor is more widely used and thus more preferable. Words with two accepted spellings make me feel weird… like I’m not 100% correct either way. Feel free to voice your preferred spelling in the comments below. 🙂

Squirrel Impostor of the Air by Sheri Roloff

Squirrel Impostor of the Sea by Sheri Roloff

From My Sketchbook: Brie Character Study

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I’m working on a character study for Brie: the main character in my story Alien Hunt. I’ve made some changes since my original drawing. I need to dive in a little deeper with more expressions and poses, and then next up are character studies for Ben and Bigglebee. That’s all for now. Thanks for tuning in!

Brie Character Sketches by Sheri Roloff

 

Wacky Wednesday Post #5: Get Down, Gibson!

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Hi, there! I don’t have many words to share in today’s Wacky Wednesday words + illustration post. In fact, I just have punctuation. Is that cheating? Eh… my blog – my rules!

Anyway, I’m pleased to introduce Tom and Gibson from my latest picture book idea.

Get Down, Gibson!

My Embarrassing Christmas Wish List

Children's Books, Writing

Truth be told, I belong to one of those families that makes Christmas wish lists. And I know we’re not the only ones because my husband’s family does the same thing. This year my list includes an embarrassing number of kid’s books.

Yup. I’m one of those weirdos.

Now, maybe if I had kids, it would be less weird. But…I don’t have kids. So instead I go under the guise of being an aspiring author/illustrator who wants to add new favorites to her inspiration library. Unless I’m talking to fellow children’s book authors or illustrators, I still sound like a weirdo.

Eh. Oh well!

So I’m late to the party here, but I recently discovered that I’m a huge fan of David Wiesner’s work. I asked for these three titles: Flotsam, Sector 7 and Mr. Wuffles!

Mr. Wuffles

I have to admit, I glanced over Mr. Wuffles! a few times before I checked it out. I love cats (even mean ones like mine!), but based on the cover it looked like it was just about a cat. FALSE. This book is about WAY more than just a cat. It is an amazing journey told through impressive visual storytelling that includes space ships and aliens! It also made me realize the strange visual similarity between ants and aliens. How did I not see this before?

Mr. Wuffles_inside page

Next on the list is Carnivores. I love Creepy Carrots written by Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat’s illustrations never disappoint, so I asked for Carnivores before even checking it out in person! The cover alone is hilarious: three meat eaters in meat packaging. I love how uncomfortable they look. I feel confident that this will be a good addition to my bookshelf.

Carnivores

Last, but not least: Dragons Love Tacos written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. The conversational tone between the narrator and the reader really draws me in. And I dig the illustrations. Same deal with Secret Pizza Party…which I may already have.

Dragons Love Tacos

Do you have anything embarrassing on your Christmas wish list? Like an electric toothbrush, or socks, or the complete 42-disc box set of Gilmore Girls? Or…picture books?!

Meet Fiasco and Flatypus from The Garbage Monster

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Hi there!

I’m working on a picture book called The Garbage Monster, starring Fiasco the cat and his trusty sidekick (and favorite toy) Flatypus. Here is a preliminary illustration. In this scene Fiasco is jolted awake by The Garbage Monster’s menacing sounds. Aaah!

Fiasco and Flatypus

Who or what is The Garbage Monster, you might ask? It’s a secret! Ha! At least until I post more illustrations. 🙂