Friday, January 02, 2009

Christnas Gift

Our family teamed up for a sort of unique idea for Christmas presents this year: custom puzzles based on our kid's favorite books. My two older boys (ages 6 and 3) drew everything: characters, trees, rocks, mountains, grass. It's unfortunate that I didn't have more time to spend on the painting---a few spare hours spread over a couple weeks wasn't enough to make this picture what it could have been. That being said, I'm still proud of it because it makes a pretty good puzzle. The differences in texture and color are just enough to keep the puzzle challenging but not too frustrating.
In case you're curious, the books referenced here are Horton Hatches an Egg, A Woggle of Witches, The Funny Thing, The Monster and the Tailor, The Runaway Bunny, Gregory the Terrible Eater, Pearl and the Amazing Bone, The Gunnywolf, and What's in Fox's Sack?

46 comments:

  1. You sure know how to set the stage. This is amazing again Sam.

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  2. Sam, this is one of the most incredible things i've ever seen. So rad! Your kids are cool!

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  3. What a great idea. One of my favorite things about this blog is seeing you interpret your kid's drawings. Awesome.

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  4. What a fabulous idea. I'm sure this puzzle is a big hit with those outstanding boys of yours.

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  5. Good choice of books. A Woggle of Witches is one of my favorite books of all time.
    I LOVE THE PUZZLE! Where can I buy one for my family?

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  6. This is incredible Sam!

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  7. Yeah dude, that's awesome. Maybe even double awesome.

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  8. It's so beautiful...

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  9. This is awesome! Lucky kids...

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  10. This is the coolest blog post I've seen in a long time.

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  11. I kinda wish jeff would let our current project take more of this turn.

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  12. Such a FANTASTIC one! I adore your collaborations with your boys! Hope to see even more of these, and Happy new Year to all of you!

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  13. Very cool, Sam! I'd love to see your kids' original drawings on this one.

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  14. I'm glad that nobody noticed I titled the post "Christnas Gift," because I'm not sure how I'd explain what that means.

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  15. Very good characters, colors, stetic... all!
    Happy new year!

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  16. Wow, that is awesome. Your kids are talented!

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  17. Beautiful work man. Love the lights.

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  18. I can't find my jaw . . . I know it's here somewhere? Unreal . . . this is really sweet Sam! Wow!

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  19. Great piece. You should continue with this style, it is very unique.

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  20. This is really great!

    Very impressive.

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  21. Your idea it´s amazing and very nice. You get a surprising work. I think the shapes are very good!

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  22. Simply amazing, Sam! Great idea & execution. Now start sellin' some puzzles!

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  23. Hooray! This came out hilarious! I especially love the fox.

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  24. your painting skills are mental man. Awesome stuff. Love that merman down below a ways.

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  25. cool style. really nice job

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  26. WOW, THIS IS AWESOME SAM! THIS DESERVES AN ALL CAPS COMMENT! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! BEAUTIFUL!

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  27. Wow, 28 comments. :)
    Beautiful and even genius illustration.
    I love the characters' design - especially the monster behind the trees and the dragon.
    Can I use this picture as my desktop wallpaper?

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  28. Really really nice! I love the way you draw and put beautiful colors!

    Mamma mia!

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  29. yeah, this is amazing. I love the attention put into each little area. I'd love to sit down and do this puzzle.

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  30. It's great that you not only help develop your kids understanding of art, but, you also develop their art to help our understanding.

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  31. Quoting dr. Jones:
    "That belongs in a museum".
    That is how good is this painting.

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  32. impressive work!!!

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  33. WOW. Totally cool Sam.

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  34. It was good that you didn't get much time for this work. Otherwise the characters would come out of the frame in to the real world. I can't narrate how I felt while watching your work. It is simply AMAZING!!

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  35. Whoa, must-have. How can I get a puzzle? How about I send you a hand-drawn postcard, and you send me this puzzle?

    Drop me your address if you're interested.

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  36. I absolutely love this. Beautiful colors. Is this traditional or digital?

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  37. ... guessing you are using Painter 10 (I read more of your blog.) Great blog btw!

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  38. So awesome! Let's see a book of these or a series of puzzles! Great idea!

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  40. This is madness man! fabulous work :P

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  41. I usually dont leave comments especially when I know that the owner of the work is way too good for me to even say if its good or not, but i had to leave one on this one. This is amazing ok?! You pull yourself down too much!

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  42. It is so amazing that your kids lined all this. Makes me wanna find some toddlers to do my lineart ;) Wonderful work, as always, and I have no idea how you could improve it. Wow.

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  43. Really your blog is very interesting.... it contains great and unique information. I enjoyed to visiting your blog. It's just amazing....

    Thanks!

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