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Finding the perfect puzzle artist

Fantastical, atmospheric, cosy and all things mysterious - that's the type of art we love puzzling but we couldn’t find enough of it. Being a pragmatic, creative (and perhaps overconfident) bunch we decided the world needed more of this type of art and we were the ones to create it. How hard could it be ? Spoiler alert: very.

First we brainstormed some themes then agreed upon a structure/layout for the art. After that a draft template was digitally drawn up with rough key elements / ideas. The hard work really began after that -  searching for an artist that truly understood what we could see in our heads.

Finding a talented artist to draw our dream jigsaw puzzle art wasn't so easy
Finding a talented artist to draw our dream jigsaw puzzle art wasn't so easy

A couple of months later,  after a few false starts and setbacks, we almost lost heart but never gave up. It was all worth it when we received the first draft sketch from an artist that just “got it”.  We were thrilled to bits.

The first draft we received for our jigsaw puzzle idea from the artist we choose to join our team
The first draft we received for our jigsaw puzzle idea from the artist we choose to join our team

Tips for anybody looking for an artist to deliver a concept; be prepared to be patient and persistent. Try and share as much imagery as possible with the artist to convey the feel and tone of the art you are trying to make. It also definitely helps if you provide some solid direction e.g. theme/structure but also give the artist space to be creative and use their creative flair.

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