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Vulture Culture  (Acrylic Gouache on cold pressed illust board) by Rory Stapleton

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This is the bottom panel of a diptych I’m currently working on for a children’s picture book, BIRDS OF A FEATHER. This small flock of dubious characters, are waiting to gate- crash a fancy dress ball; they’re biding their time until the food is served – then they’ll descend and make gluttons of themselves – they are, of course, the villians of the story.


  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Nishagandhi, glad you like it…there will be some more illustrations from this story posted in the coming weeks/months.

    – Rory Stapleton

  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyover 5 years ago

    Awesome is right!

  • Aw, shucks Lynette…thank you…did you check out the medieval manuscript illuminations? Wonderful resource middle age art isn’t it?

    – Rory Stapleton

  • paulcompton
    paulcomptonover 5 years ago

    Amazing tone and characterization.

  • Rory Stapleton
    Rory Stapletonover 5 years ago

    Thanks Paul…the tone isn’t really amazing so much as labour intensive…many many glazes of colour with additions of miniscule amounts of complementary colour to strengthen the shadows and suggest forms etc…it can become tedious on a big piece…I like the use of milk, tea and humour in your work, by the way…like your work a lot..

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