Writers’ Block

18th January 2016 by Jane Chapman

News? Well, I’m pleased to be able to say that Bear Sees Colors has been nominated for a couple of awards in the States – the Missouri Building Block Award and the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. Oh, I so hope we win! The third in this series of concept books is published later this year. I finished the art just before Christmas, so it feels like quite a fast turn around for this latest outing of Bear and his friends.

What else? I’m trying and trying to come up with another story about Mo and his Grandma from I’m Not Sleepy! I have a bit of writers’ block at the moment, so the house is full of cake because I bake when I’m trying to get into the writing zone. ‘Come on Jane, you can do it!’

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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.

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

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