Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Interview with Joe Rocco at TribeLA Magazine

Hi everyone!

All week I am being showcased each day in a long feature as "Artist of the Week" at TribeLA Magazine in both their print and online version. At the end of the week they'll reveal the entire interview and all the work that was showcased. I feel so privileged to be featured in this local arts publication and since most illustrators work in a dark hole without ever getting much feedback, it's so nice to be appreciated. I owe a big "Thank You" to artist Chris Bonno and Deborah Granger from TribeLA Magazine.
Click this link to read the 1st part of my interview with TribelA!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Editorial Portfolio Video: Joe Rocco 2017

Enjoy my new portfolio video for my editorial work. I've also got another video for my work in children's publishing.

Editorial Portfolio: Joe Rocco 2017 from Joe Rocco on Vimeo.

Children's Publishing Portfolio - Joe Rocco 2017 from Joe Rocco on Vimeo.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Joe Rocco Featured in Illustration Age!

I'm really honored to be featured in Illustration Age today. I must read this online resource at least once a day to gain inspiration and listen to my favorite illustration podcasts, so I was all a-titter to discover that the inimitable Mark Kaufman had put this very generous piece together. I'm feeling very grateful and in my "Queen for a Day" mode right now.

Read the full article here!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pee Wee's Big Holiday Illustration

Here's my Pee Wee Herman Illustration about his upcoming Netflix movie Pee Wee's Big Holiday, with and without a background.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cats on Mars? That's nuts. (What I'm Working on this week)

I'm about to do the finished work on the next Fluffer and Nutter comic strip, but until then I had to finish this Cats on Mars illustration and it's also going to be used promotionally. This was for a children's publishing client to be used in a supplement.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Watch Me Work on a Live Streaming Webcast at Picarto.tv tomorrow. (Friday Dec. 7th)

I'll be live streaming from my home studio tomorrow (friday) working on comics and illustration work from noon until at least 1pm (Pacific Time) showing how I work if anyone would like to join me. I'll even do tutorials if anyone has any questions about my technique. Maybe I'll draw Fluffer and Nutter joining an anti-government militia. Anything could happen.

*Also, come visit my Patreon campaign for creating comics!

Friday, December 18, 2015

New Fluffer and Nutter Comic Page: "Gentri-Frickin'-Nation!"

Fluffer and Nutter look for a way to screw over the housing market before it screws them.

If you can't get enough of these critters, check out my Patreon campaign for more. I'm giving many of them away to view for free. https://www.patreon.com/JoeRocco

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

30 Useful Emoji For New Yorkers (for The Village Voice)

Every once in a while I get a perfect assignment like this one for The Village Voice. I had been craving to design emojis, so when Tom Carlson called me to create this series I was so ready to do them. I'll be a New Yorker no matter how long I live in California. So, all of these emoji were very relatable. Some New York things are never changing, like the black and white cookie, the Greek coffee cup or the greasy regular "slice". Makes me a little homesick.

Here are some details from the NYC emoji series.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Subway Pole Dancer

There is something to be said for public transportation, eh? 
I'll be talking more about this illustration and more very soon. It's part of a series that I can't talk about just yet, but I can show this one because it's one of the pieces that didn't make the final cut. I thought it was a decent piece to showcase either way.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


Are you all watching The Donald in this week's Republican Presidential Debates on thursday? I know I am. It's gonna be Y-O-O-O-G-E!!!

2 New Illustrations for Scholastic

I've been busy for the past few weeks on several projects and will write more about them as I get some actual free time. But, in the meantime, here are 2 illustrations I did for Albert Amigo at Scholastic. They initially wanted the boy to be cracking his knuckles and I tried about 6 different sketches and variations. Then they wanted a more frantic expression and attitude. In the end they asked for 2 of my sketches to be used in full color. Here's how they came out.