Orlando Museum of Art

07/14 - 10/28/2012

From Alice to Zeus: The Art of John Rocco

From Alice to Zeus: The Art of John Rocco

This exhibition, the 8th in the OMA’s annual Art of the Picture Book Series, features approximately 60 preparatory drawings and finished illustrations by John Rocco, best known for creating the cover art for Rick Riordan’s bestselling youth literature series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles. Rocco has also illustrated a number of books for younger readers such as Alice, an interpretation of Alice in Wonderland as retold by actor and comedian Whoopi Goldberg. In addition, Rocco has served as author and illustrator for several popular picture books including Wolf! Wolf!, Moonpowder, Fu Finds the Way and the 2012 Caldecott Honor Book Blackout. Most recently, Rocco created the illustrations for The Flint Heart, the latest book by Katherine Paterson, Newbery Medal-winning author, and John Paterson. Rocco is enthusiastic about providing young visitors with insight into his creative process and has included in the exhibition examples of rough sketches and preparatory drawings to show how an illustration evolves from early concept to finished work.


Images:

©2010 John Rocco. We went up and up and up to the rooftop and found...the lights, 2010, inkjet print (digitally colored from scanned graphite drawing) for Blackout, written and illustrated by John Rocco.

©2007 John Rocco. Cover image for The Lightning Thief, 2007, inkjet print (digitally colored from scanned graphite drawing) for Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1, written by Rick Riordan, cover illustration by John Rocco.

©2011 John Rocco. Cover image for The Lost Hero, 2011, inkjet print (digitally colored from scanned graphite drawing) for The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1, written by Rick Riordan, cover illustration by John Rocco.

©2011 John Rocco. Cover image for The Son of Neptune, 2011, inkjet print (digitally colored from scanned graphite drawing) for The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2, written by Rick Riordan, cover illustration by John Rocco.

©2007 John Rocco. The cool night air whistled in Eli's ears as they flew up over the town, 2007, inkjet print (digitally colored from scanned graphite drawing) for Moonpowder, written and illustrated by John Rocco.

©2010 John Rocco. The banquet consisted of the best fairy food, 2010, inkjet print (digitally colored from scanned graphite drawing) for The Flint Heart, written by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, illustrated by John Rocco.

©2006 John Rocco. Untitled (the old wolf crossing the bridge), 2006, inkjet print (digitally colored from scanned graphite drawing), for Wolf! Wolf!, written and illustrated by John Rocco.

©2008 John Rocco. When Fu arrived at the Master's house, his hands were trembling, 2008, inkjet print (digitally colored from scanned graphite drawing), for Fu Finds the Way, written and illustrated by John Rocco.
 


 

Event Pricing
  • Admission: $8.00

Intended For

  • Youth and Family
  • Teachers
  • Adults
  • Artist