Look Out, Mole!

27th January 2014 by Tim Warnes

People often ask us why we do so many bears, rabbits and mice. The answer is simple – that’s what the publishers want! Having said that, every now and then I get to paint something different, like the Lumpy-Bumpy Thing in DANGEROUS! (I’m especially pleased with its googly-boogly eyes!). This book was a joy to work on – I hope I’ll get the chance to write about them again.

Speaking of writing, I’ve been working on a few more story ideas. You can find out more about these and the other projects we’re developing over on our Facebook page. And if you haven’t done so already, check out our preschool app, Ollie the Cat – available on IOS and Android. Just click a link in the advert below!


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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 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.

Together we are CHAPMAN AND WARNES (a bit like Batman and Robin, but with less crime fighting and no capes)!

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