So, when my parents came out this Christmas,we decided , hey why not, let's do a puzzle! I had forgotten what a pleasure it is to sit and mull over a complex puzzle. Mum and I would stay up til the wee hours of the morning "puzzling" and gabbing determined to get it finished before they had to go home.
I enjoyed working on this so much that the "puzzling" continues and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something to do to relax.
Okay, so what does this have to do with illustration? Well for me, the more I'm working on these, the more I'm thinking about how fun it would be to have puzzles out in the world with my artwork on them.
I've decided I'm going to work up some designs this year and start submitting to publishers that produce puzzles. Check out your CWIM book and you'll find several listings if you are interested in submitting your work as well. Storybook artwork is perfect for puzzles. And sitting here working on these, gives me a good sense of what works/what doesn't as far as colors and design.
Another idea ...what a fun gift a puzzle would be for family members. Imagine next year, giving your children , favorite niece and nephews a puzzle to work on that you designed!
I googled "personalized puzzles" and there are several companies out there. I think the one I'm going to try is "Positively Puzzled". Looks to be a pretty easy process. You send a high resolution jpg in the appropriate dimensions and bing bang boom..a puzzle is made. I'll let you know how it goes.