Big Bear Little BearWednesday, 5th October 2016
I seem to have spent most of my career painting bears in one form or another. The only polar bears though have been in BIG BEAR LITTLE BEAR, which has just been released as a special 15th anniversary paperback by Little Tiger Press. When I was researching the snowy landscapes for this, I realised how colourful the book could be; snow reflects so much light and rarely looks white at all. My favourite spread is the endpaper, which has the bear cub trotting after his mother in a wide, lilac-grey landscape. (I gave the original painting to my Mum, who promptly hung it in her downstairs loo!)Janes Books
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…Thursday, 3rd November 2016
This morning we had the first proper frost of the year here in rural Dorset; our youngest was up at the crack of dawn whistling Jingle Bells and asking if we could watch Elf this weekend. And I have just completed the art for the next Archie book, which is set at Christmas. So as much as I hate to say it in early November – it IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
IT’S CHRISTMAS! (the fifth in the series featuring the Rhino family – you know him as Otto in the US, but to me he’s Archie) will publish later in 2017. You can take a sneak peek on our Facebook page! Meanwhile you can enjoy the latest offering, NOW! where Archie learns the joys of having to wait…Tims Books
Here's a selection of companies that we've produced work for over the years. We have been published in over 20 countries, and in more than 18 different languages.
a bit about us
We studied illustration together at Brighton University, graduating in 1993. Since then we’ve got married, had a couple of kids, and collectively illustrated over 180 books. Now we’re celebrating 20 Years in Children’s Books – YAY!
We live in rural Dorset, UK, not far from the Jurassic Coast. Although we work separately on our own commissions, we constantly refer to each other for advice when we get stuck. For instance, Jane is definitely better at perspective and providing cake, whereas Tim knows how to work the scanner and type an invoice.
Together we are CHAPMAN AND WARNES (a bit like Batman and Robin, but with less crime fighting and no capes)!
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