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Big Bear Little Bear

5th October 2016 by Jane Chapman

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!)

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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 150 books.

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.

We share a studio in rural Dorset, UK near the Jurassic Coast, with cows, rabbits, and badgers for neighbours.

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