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

Children's Books

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!

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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!

My art book “Empathy” is done!

Art, Writing

I’m delighted to announce the release of an art book I created called empathy. I felt driven to put this together in the wake of all the crazy things happening in the world lately.

Empathy Cover by Sheri Roloff

I used spray paint artwork I made a few years ago as the backdrop and designed words over the top under the helpful advisement of my Design Yoda (aka my talented graphic designer friend that always has amazing feedback and ideas!). The message inside is for writers, artists and doers everywhere. Keep going – don’t stop. The world needs your writing, art and actions.

Empathy Spread by Sheri Roloff

I hope you’ll view and download the free PDF here. Or if you’re looking for a shiny new book to add to your shelf (or perhaps a gift for someone who likes shiny things), you can purchase a print copy here.

Please feel free to share this with others. I made it to process thoughts and feelings, and I hope it resonates with you.

Tom & Gibson Sample Artwork

Art, Children's Books, Illustration

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

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

 

Dinosaur Morning by Sheri Roloff

WIP Wednesday: Collage Part 2

Art, Uncategorized

I’m happy to say that I’ve finally chipped away at the synopsis of my graphic novel. I’ve heard people bemoan writing these before, and they’re right. It’s a little painful to sum up 160 pages in 500 – 600 words. It also feels a tad robotic. But I’m doing the best I can! If it sucks, my critique group will steer me in the right direction. 🙂

Since sharing my synopsis would be boring, and I don’t want to share any spoilers , you get more collage! Haha! This collage side project is super fun though. I think these two pieces are my favorite so far.

Dinosaur Morning by Sheri Roloff

I came across some notebooks during my continued cleaning and sorting efforts and found droves of old song lyrics (some better than others…heh) that never made it into any of my songs. I thought it’d be interesting to use snippets of these lyrics as collage elements. Here’s the first attempt.

Present Tense by Sheri Roloff

Well, that’s all for now! Hopefully I have something aside from collage to share with you next week, but no guarantees. 🙂

Cognito Sanchez: Dive Another Day – Cover Concept Reveal!

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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!

NaNoWriMo success!

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I managed to finish my first-ever NaNoWriMo attempt by the skin of my teeth. Thanks to an 8K day on Sunday, November 29, I eked out the remaining 1.5K on November 30. Phew! So, with my October pre-NaNo writing, I have about 55,000 words so far.

I exported the manuscript from Scrivener and printed it as it stands right now just to feel the physical weight of the words. And so I could drop 240 binder-clipped pages onto a desk and hear a satisfying thud.

NaNoWriMo results

This manuscript requires a lot more love and attention of course. I skipped around in an effort to crank out whatever scenes I could at the time. Fortunately, this is easy to do in Scrivener. So there’s a beginning, middle and end, but there are several holes. Next step: read through what I have and make a missing scene list. Then I’ll crank those out, and then comes serious editing time.

My other (completely different) writing project involves impostor squirrel. And I look forward to creating and sharing more sketches of him in the future!

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How did it go? Please share in the comments below.