Amazing Skyline Jigsaw Puzzles from Piatnik

If the first jigsaw puzzle you see from Piatnik’s new Skyline series is New York, you night not be so intimidated. Skylines are a popular theme for travel jigsaw puzzles, and this one fits in nicely and shows just how much variety there is in building size in the Big Apple.

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New York Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

But the rest of the Skyview series is tough. Vienna, Paris, and Venice are long distance aerial views with teeny, tiny details. Paris and Vienna are even made up of the same color scheme! These puzzles would be a great challenge and are very unique compared to other skyline travel puzzles.

It reminded me of a great artist, Steven Wiltshire, who has been called the Human Camera. He can take a helicopter ride over a city’s skyline and then reproduce the image–by memory–perfectly, down to the smallest details. With no preliminary sketches or preparation minus the helicopter ride, he can proportion the city exactly and remember every building’s relation to other buildings and landmarks. Check out the video proof. It’s stunning and amazing.

New York City Skyline by Steven Wiltshire

So, for the ultimate challenge, channel Wiltshire, and try these extra tough puzzles by studying the image on the box, then refusing to use it as reference for the rest of your puzzling!

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Vienna Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

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Paris Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

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Venice Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

 

Best of Paris Puzzles

Travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the world–without even leaving the comfort of your home! Paris makes for one of the prettiest subjects of puzzles, whether it’s a photograph or a painting. Put together the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame in the best of the France-themed travel puzzles that we are Puzzle Warehouse offer.

The Louvre by SunsOut. 1500 pieces. 24 by 33 inches.

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Notre Dame by SunsOut. 2000 pieces. 26.75 by 39 inches.

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Paris in the Fall by Cobble Hill. 500 pieces. 24 by 18 inches.

Moulin Rouge by SunsOut. 19 by 30 inches.

Bal du Moulin Rouge by Clementoni. 1000 pieces. 27.2″ x 19.75″.

Paris – Je Tadore by Clementoni. 500 pieces. 19.33″ x 14.2″.

Soiree a Paris by Clementoni. 1000 pieces. 38.6″ x 13″.

TWA Travel Posters by New York Puzzle Co. 1000 pieces.

eBoy Pixel Art Jigsaw Puzzles

The clean and sharp art of eBoy graces three of our 1500 piece cityscape jigsaw puzzles by Heye. eBoy, a group consisting of Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital and Kai Vermehr, started creating pixel art together in 1998 because of their shared affinity for making art “for the screen.” Pixel art is a special type of digital illustration, meaning that the members of eBoy are working with their art down to the pixel— painstaking effort for maximum detail work. Now their art is used in a different context—often printed, and now richer and more complex than it was 15 years ago.

Rio by Heye. 1500 pieces. 23″ x 32″

“Handling pixels is fun,” they say. “You are forced to simplify and abstract things.”

But even with the simplicity of pixels, eBoy is able to create grand views of popular cities, showing us something familiar in a new way. The choice for cityscapes comes from their love of the “liveliness, density, and variety of an urban environment.”

Los Angeles by Heye. 1500 pieces. 23″ x 32″

If eBoy devotes itself solely to one project, with all 3 members working on it full time, it can take between 6 to 8 weeks to complete with all the detail and work. But eBoy often works on things in their spare time, meaning some projects take months—or even years.

Their work has paid off. They have worked for big name companies such as Coca-Cola, Honda, Nike, and the New York Times.

Paris by Heye. 1500 pieces. 33″ x 23″

eBoy puzzles are fun because you’re never stuck working on one portion of the puzzle for too long. There’s always something new to look at and discover. In a review from pleased customer Jeremy, he said, “Easily the most fun puzzle I’ve encountered. Plenty of variety in the imagery, so the 1500 pieces stay fun the entire time. Felt like mini-puzzles within a giant puzzle. Leaves plenty of room to get the entire family around.”

Remembering 9/11

I love New York City. As a city that I have visited twice and lived in for my freshman year of college, it has a particularly special place in my heart.

I have visited Ground Zero when the rubble was still being cleared away five years later, as well as a WTC museum that still affects me to this day, with the quotes from the answering machines left on loved ones’ phones from the victims on the plane to the hundreds of missing posters on display that are both still prominently in my memory.

I lived in Brooklyn during the construction of One World Trade Center; I visited my friends a year later and had the privilege to visit the new Memorial Plaza, both beautiful and devastating with the pools whose walls are inscribed with the names of the 2,983 people that died.

Today we are all somber and reflective, remembering those we have lost in Flight 93, the Trade Centers, and in the Pentagon, as well as the strength of a city and nation that banded together.

New York #11 by Buffalo Games

9/11 Commemorative – God Bless America by Master Pieces

3D Puzzle – One World Trade Center by Daron Worldwide Trading

NYC – Brooklyn Bridge by Ravensburger

 

 

Review: Venice by Clementoni

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Venice by Clementoni. 500 pieces. 19 x 13 inches.

The following items in the chart was rated on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Picture Quality: 5
Level of detail: 5
Piece Size: 4
How the pieces are cut: 5
Overall quality: 4.5

This 500 piece Clementoni puzzle was a first for me in multiple ways. I had never completed a 500 piece puzzle by myself, and I had never worked with Clementoni puzzles before. I was surprised by the quality of this puzzle for the price. The picture and details were so clear on so many pieces that I knew right where they went immediately, even if I didn’t have their connections yet.

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Before tackling the rest of the picture, I had most of the bridge finished and the side of the canal.

What I found really challenging in this puzzle was the perspective of the photo. The buildings on the left side were so thin that in reality they were represented on one or one-and-a-half puzzle pieces. I had them sorted by color from the very beginning, but I didn’t begin to actually put these pieces together until way later because my guess and check method wasn’t working.

Where the doors/entryways were, it was hard to find the correct pieces because there was nothing really distinct about the image there. Nothing was so difficult as the water, though. Once I had put together everything that seemed really distinguishable, I organized my pieces by shape. The colors were all too similar for me to really further organize them because there was a lot of whites, greys, and reflections of the water with the exact same colors!

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Pieces organized by shape

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The puzzle came together quite quickly after the shape organization.

Finally I was left with just the water! Now, with all the other pieces out of the way, it was a little easier to see the difference in colors with the water pieces and really focus on what they were reflecting.

The pieces fit together so well. They snapped right into place and didn’t shift around a lot. It was easy to know immediately if I had made a mistake or not.

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Final stretch!

I was surprised at how quickly this puzzle came together. I managed to finish it in 2 days. The water alone took a 2 hour stretch, but really, for my first 500 piece puzzle, I was really pleased. I found it challenging but never overwhelming. There was so much to look at in this puzzle, I found myself noticing things that I hadn’t noticed before all throughout creating the puzzle.

Also, my version of the puzzle didn’t feature the yellow “hotel” sign that the version on our website has!

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Overall, I will definitely be buying from Clementoni again. The quality to price ratio really impressed me. I’ve worked with other 500-range piece puzzles from brands that are maybe $1-$2 cheaper where the pieces left flaky cardboard residue on my fingers or that didn’t snap together so well, but I was more than pleased with Clementoni.

And bonus, the puzzle box made a nice pillow for my dog, Marlowe. :)

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