Mooi River, South Africa
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People often ask us why - why art? Why work together? Why did you move to the country? Why so many animals? Why did you do things the long way? The last one's easy - because we did… Show more
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Profile updated 5th September, 2019
Member since 31st May, 2019
Little Tiger Press, Spork, Imagine That, Jacana, Pearson, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Heinemann, Hodder and Stoughton, Macmillan, Pan Macmillan, Benchmark,…
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“Chantelle and Burgen are incredible illustrators to work with. The storyboarding for each book is meticulously thought through. Careful consideration is given to each character and the detail and colour of their work is beautiful. They are enthusiastic and also work to schedule. I would highly recommend using them.
— Carol Broomhall, Publisher | Jacana Media
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About Chantelle & Burgen Thorne.
People often ask us why - why art? Why work together? Why did you move to the country? Why so many animals? Why did you do things the long way? The last one's easy - because we didn't know any better!
Why? Because art is in everything - cooking, gardening, moving, breathing. Because illustrating as a duo is more fun and the end result is always more satisfying. Because we love the shared experience. Because the magic of children’s books is that they're not just for kids - adult and child expand their view of the world together. Because the thrill is in the show-and-tell, art and story pairing together. Because with picture books, every word and every image is important.
Because we are Chantelle and Burgen, living on a beautiful smallholding in Africa, being inspired by the world around us – our menagerie of rescue animals, our garden and the food that comes from it, the sound of the river in the valley below the stone house we built, the sun sinking behind the magnificent Drakensberg mountains through our kitchen window.
Full-time illustrators for many years, we are new to picture books. Our first was published August 2018, The Singing Stone (Jacana), followed by The Real Farmer in the Dell (Spork) March 2019, and a string of others still to be released this year: Speedy Monkey (Stripes, award-winning author Jeanne Willis), Wanda (Jacana), Mommy Loves You (Imagine That), Stan's Frightful Halloween (Spork).
Clients: Little Tiger Press, Spork, Imagine That, Jacana, Pearson, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Heinemann, Hodder and Stoughton, Macmillan, Pan Macmillan, Benchmark, Harcourt, MITR