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 children's books'!
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.