Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Latest Artwork and News January 2010

Happy New Year! Here are some of the latest paintings I have completed for some middle grade novels. The first two are for a series called THE CENTURY BOOKS by P.D. Baccalario. The final painting is for the paperback version of a book called THE MIDNIGHT CHARTER by David Whitley. (I loved this book! It's like Jonathan Stroud's The Bartimeous Trilogy meets Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. I can't wait to read the next one in this trilogy, which I am supposed to get in a couple days.

In the meantime, I am very excited to announce that I will be illustrating a middle grade fairy tale written by our new Ambassador of Children's Literature, the one and only...Katherine Paterson. The book is called The Flint Heart, originally written by Eden Phillpotts in 1910. Katherine and her husband John have brought new life to this wonderful story which feels to me like a wonderful combination of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. The Publisher, Candlewick Press will be creating a highly illustrated version of this wonderful tale, which I have the honor of illustrating.


Aileen Leijten said...

The black raven one is awesome!

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Discovered your work via Percy Jackson book covers. Really wonderful work here. Do you ever share your progress or what medium you use?

John Rocco said...

Hi Kim,
Yes, sometimes I write about it. There is a brief section on my Wolf! Wolf! section of my website. I first draw in pencil and then paint digitally in photoshop.

rebecca kai dotlich said...

Congratulations John!!!
What an honor.
From the time I saw your
art (on your website) I
knew it was fabulous.


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