Chantelle and Burgen Thorne
Once upon a time, two (married) graphic designers working in advertising
(Chantelle) and publishing (Burgen) in South Africa decided to follow
their dreams and become illustrators - their shared passion. Then they
had an even brighter idea - to collaborate on their artworks together -
and now it's very difficult to say which illustration belongs to whom!
Thanks to the liberating powers of the internet and email, Chantelle and
Burgen left the Big City in 2006 and headed to the green hills of
KwaZulu-Natal, where they now live in blissful country idyll, having a
marvellous time creating illustrations that combine traditional media
with the glorious flexibility of new technology. When meeting new
people, they take turns at answering the question 'so what do you do for
a living?' because they get a huge kick out of saying 'we illustrate
Their work is lively and expressive, full of life and movement.
A bit like them! Their most recent project spans over 2000
illustrations to date, with an original cast of quirky characters and
detailed sets designed and developed by them for Pearson South Africa.
Other clients include Macmillan, Heinemann, Hodder, Oxford University
Press and Cambridge University Press to name a few.