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puzzling dinosaurs

June 13th, 2011

mudpuppy dinosaur puzzle

A project I did for Mudpuppy was published just recently. It’s a 12-piece puzzle featuring those famous and extinct relatives of lizards (or birds if you adhere to those theories), the dinosaurs. T-rex, Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Pterodactyl each make an appearance here.
Go get yours at your local favorite toy shop, or if that doesn’t work, get it on the internet.

mudpuppy dinosaur puzzle
mudpuppy dinosaur puzzle
mudpuppy dinosaur puzzle
mudpuppy dinosaur puzzle

seeing things

September 7th, 2010

I got an email from my friend Julie, who was at the National Building Museum in Washington DC over the weekend. She found one of the puzzles I’ve made for Mudpuppy in the museum store and had her kid Owen pose with it for me. Owen looks excited!


Yesterday I was The Mall with my daughter and a friend of hers where we found I’m a T-Rex stuck in a huge shelf of Golden Books. This was kinda cool to find it there with The Poky Little Puppy and the other classics.

Color Me Spacey

July 7th, 2010

I’ve posted the illustration here previously, and now I can post the puzzle. And now you can go get it!

Outer Space puzzle
Outer Space puzzle
Outer Space puzzle
Outer Space puzzle
Galison/Mudpuppy commissioned this last year and released it this month. One side is colored by me and the other side is to be colored by you or your kids or friends.
This particular illustration was also just accepted into the 3×3 magazine children’s illustration annual, along with my #6 race car collage.

Puzzled

January 25th, 2010

a puzzle!

A year or so ago I drew an illustration of cars and trucks and stuff on a spaghetti-tangle of highways. This was commissioned by the fantastic toy-maker/card-publisher/gift-creator Mudpuppy and their art director Cynthia Matthews. I’ve done a few projects in the past for them, including the Air Land Sea puzzle and the scribbling monster journal.

Here’s the puzzle itself.

puzzle for Mudpuppy

This puzzle got delayed a bit in the production, but was finally released last week. It’s in a really nice little box and I’m very very pleased with the results. I got my small box of samples on Friday and immediately set to work putting the puzzle together. Furthermore, I recorded this process and made a movie which you can watch right here. Then, after you watch it, you can go to Mudpuppy’s website and order a dozen or two of them.

Oh yeah, music by Dance Robot, Dance.

Space Puzzle for Mudpuppy

September 21st, 2009

15 x 10 inch puzzle for Mudpuppy
You may recall the Astronauts in Peril I posted during my recent month-long sojourn in Arkansas. This was a sketch for a puzzle I was drawing and designing for Galison/Mudpuppy. I’ve done quite a lot of work for Mudpuppy. In fact, over the last two or three years, the work for Mudpuppy has been my favorite in both the process and the results. So when Cynthia Matthews called and asked me to do a piece with aliens and planets and comets and stuff, I jumped on it.
I completed the puzzle last week. While it won’t be published for almost a year (June 2010), I am happy to be able to show it off now. The timing is nice, as I’m about to start working on a book for Hyperion about aliens and I’d not quite yet figured out how I want it to look. This is a good start.
Below are four smaller detail images showing the puzzle in more detail.
space puzzle detail

space puzzle detail

space puzzle detail

space puzzle detail

astronauts in peril

August 12th, 2009

I’m working on a new puzzle for MudPuppy that involves space: UFOs, aliens, comets, etc. These guys are outtakes from the sketches I’ve been working on. Nothing better than an astronaut in danger.
astronauts in peril

Mini Puzzle for Mudpuppy

August 21st, 2008

Mini Puzzle

A while back I made a big puzzle for Mudpuppy with the theme “Air, Land, and Sea.” Recently they asked me to make another puzzle, a little smaller for the 3+ crowd, with more cars. Last night this thing got finished and will be out June 2009.
As you probably know, I really really like drawing cars and trucks and things that go.

Air, Land and Sea puzzles and games

March 3rd, 2008

Finally! I got two large boxes today full of the play-set, puzzle, and stationery I designed and illustrated for Mudpuppy last year.

Air, Land, and Sea

February 18th, 2008

Air, Land and Sea

Last year I made an illustration for Mudpuppy, art directed by the amazing Lorena Siminovich, called Air, Land, and Sea. Basically, aircraft, autos, and boats. I’ve been dying to see this and it looks like it’s finally out! I don’t have my samples yet so if you have this or you’ve seen it let me know how it looks.

There is a puzzle, stationery, and a play set. Collect them all!

mudpuppy can

Talk ‘n Tracks

November 2nd, 2007

I just realized that I haven’t posted anything about this cool thing that I illustrated for Cranium this last Spring. Actually, there are two of them. One is set in an colorful jungle full of exotic wildlife, and the other is set in a funny ocean teeming with friendly whales and piranhas. Here are two larger views (click on them):

Talk 'n Tracks

Each of the puzzles has a battery-operated vehicle, a monkey in a banana for the jungle, and a seal for the ocean one. As the monkey/seal passes by the various animals and scenes, sound effects are triggered. The pieces can be rearranged in a multitude of ways creating hours and hours of endless amusement. Cranium hasn’t bothered to put it on their site (!!), but it’s available at Amazon dot com and Target.
I drew all the illustrations, which was interesting as I had to carefully follow the template path that had already been engineered.

Cranium Layout ssketch_s.jpg

It was a real challenge getting everything lined up just right.
At a recent open studio here it was a real hit with the kids…