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...Children of Wolf Pit (Water-colour on cold-press illustration board) by Rory Stapleton

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A trial painting for the publisher. A commission for a book aimed at the adolescent reader written by Australian author, Gary Crew. The Editor liked it, the Art Director liked it and all look set for me to begin an anticipated, 2 year illustration project. The publisher was sold to a multi-national mass media company…the project was put on hold…one week later the multi media company sold off the publisher’s children’s list, (adolescent books included in this) to a French publisher who sat on the project for 12 months and then scrapped it. So, this is my way of seeing at least one image on public display.


children, medieval, costume, childrens


  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanalmost 6 years ago

    What an incredible image; your detail is so superb and the the foreground characters are wonderful. i can’t imagine such disappointment for the project being scrapped – here’s hoping something even better comes along as this deserves to be published.

  • Thank you for your positive and complimentary feed-back, Marion…I still have my fingers Xed in hopes that another publisher wiil take up the project.

    – Rory Stapleton

  • Nina Rycroft
    Nina Rycroftalmost 6 years ago

    I hear all of these horror stories of publishers changing their mind. This is an amazing piece. I love the tapastry effect, the costume ans all the detail. What a shame this never went to press!

  • Never mind, he said, casually…Not so casual when the news first reached me…philosophical is all I can be I’m afraid…nothing will change in the industry…they need to be 99.99% sure that it will turn a profit in a given time…it’s just business…glad you like it…the tapestry section took me a time to do I can tell you…but not as long as trying to find the best concept for the visual storyline…sleepless nights…!

    – Rory Stapleton

  • Pete Janes
    Pete Janesabout 3 years ago

    Hook back up with the writer and self-publish. On-demand publishing is growing as quickly as on-demand printing like here on RB.
    Oh, and this is stunning work.

  • Hey Pete, thanks for your advice…have talked with the author about just that but his publishing contract wouldn’t allow it…and glad you like the piece.

    – Rory Stapleton

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