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.”

Artist Profile: Nancy Wernersbach

When Nancy Wernersbach was a child, her parents gave her a gift of a box of 128 Crayola crayons. From there, her art career was born. She graduated from Southampton College in New York with a BFA degree in 1981 and post-college had multiple jobs in artistic fields. Wernersbach worked in illustration, had a stained glass company, and also worked as an assistant to a fashion jewelry design firm.

Seaside Summer by SunsOut. 500 pieces. 19 x 26 inches.

Birdhouse Heaven by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 20 x 27 inches.

Fine art has been a particular passion of hers, though. She remained dedicated to creating oil and watercolor paintings of nature. Currently she even works as a watercolor teacher. Her paintings have earned her fame and she has been busy holding exhibits and selling her work—she has even won awards in some exhibits such as the Nassau County Museum of Art, Stonybrook, and the Long Island Museum.

Balloons Over Fields by SunsOut. 500 pieces. 18 x 24 inches.

Country Autumn by SunsOut. 500 pieces. 18 x 24 inches.

One could easy describe her work as “refreshing, happy, and calming.” Nancy herself has stated that “As an artist, I believe we can use the power of nature and art to help us stop our frantic, anxious pace for a moment and find the peace we need.” She invites her viewers to see the natural places in her work and find “rest and refreshment for the soul.”

Butterfly Garden by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 20 x 27 inches.

Winter Companions by SunsOut. 500 pieces. 13 x 19 inches.

Meeting at the Clothesline by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 27 x 35 inches.

Review: Floral Passage by Kenojuak Ashevak

Before I review Pomegranate’s 100 piece puzzle “Floral Passage” by artist Kenojuak Ashevak, I must admit something to you guys: I haven’t been able to finish a puzzle for ages! I’ve started 3 in the past few months. One, unfortunately, was put back in the box by my roommate when my kittens learned to jump on the table and mess with the pieces while I was on vacation. The second had a few pieces that, after falling to the floor, were eaten by my puppy and so I gave up on it even though the Puzzle Doctor exists to help with the problem of missing pieces. The third is wrapped up in a puzzle mat, to be finished and reviewed soon.

This puzzle is part of Pomegranate’s Artpiece series and is 8 x 10 inches, so a small feat and therefore perfect for the type of person (like me) who has limited time and space to put together a puzzle without it getting messed up.

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Size reference: The tiny adorable tin box isn’t much bigger than my keys, meaning if I want to put back the pieces, the box is small and easy to store away somewhere! If I decide to glue the puzzle and frame it, the tin still features the lovely artwork and can be refashioned for another use, like holding recipes or stamps, etc.

Charletta previously reviewed for us Charley Harper’s puzzle “Under the Sweetgum Tree,” which is also part of the Artpiece series.

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: 2
Piece Size: 4
How the pieces are cut: 4
Overall quality: 4.5

Now, I know the “level of detail” score is really low, but that’s only because the art is simplistic—which is also why I bought this particular puzzle. I think Keojuak Ashevak’s work here is beautiful and charming, so even though the level of detail score is low, it isn’t at all a deterrent for this puzzle.

I was unfamiliar with Ashevak’s work before, but Pomegranate featured a small artist bio blurb on the back of the box. She was born in an igloo in 1927 and was part of a family that tracked seals and herds of caribou. In her youth she decorated sealskin bags and in 1958 she became successful at “transforming the plants and animals of the inuit world into radiant works of art.” I was actually so intrigued with her work that I looked her up on our website to find that she is also part of the Pomegranate Kids series with her piece “Owl at the Centre.”

I found the pieces very easy to work with. They were sturdy and the quality of the art on the pieces was clear and not at all blurry. I was especially fond of the feel of the pieces. They felt smooth and matte-like.

Because there were so few pieces, it was easy to sort them but it wasn’t so easy that they immediately came together. The white edges, especially, meant I had to pay attention to shape and fit rather than picture. In the photo below, you can see that I had trouble in one section. Those bold white and thin blue strips at the right edge of the photo were misplaced by me and I had to swap them around.

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I tried to challenge myself with this puzzle by timing myself. I finished it in one sitting:

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I have plans to do more Pomegranate Artpiece puzzles in the future because I really like Pomegranate’s selection and I think the piece count and size are perfect for my puzzling needs. I intend to keep timing myself to try and see just how good I can get with 100 pieces before moving up in piece count!

Here is the finished product, with Casper the cat and his friend Emerson admiring it in all its glory:

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Seeing Puzzles Everywhere

Yesterday I was browsing through my friends’ Instagram posts when one caught my eye.

 

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I think I focused on all the wrong things in his post because all I could think was, “Hey! His phone’s background is an Eric Dowdle Folk Art painting!” I think he just chose it because it’s a cool image of our local college sports stadium, but still—all I could think was, “I wonder if he does puzzles?”

Have you guys ever been out and about in every day life and recognized a painting or an artist’s work because you’ve become so familiar with them as puzzle images?

Puzzles have so many benefits! Now we can be the art “experts” in our group of friends, too! :)

Folk Art Comparisons

Recently we did a post on Eric Dowdle Folk Art puzzles. While we love Eric Dowdle (and we know you do, too, based on his popularity) we thought it might also be nice to get some comparisons across the folk art genre.

The genre of folk art reflects the traditional values of society. Popular images include cozy neighborhoods, horse and buggies, farms, quilts, balloons, and parades. There’s a sense of serenity, warmth, and community in them. Folk art is characterized by a style that is not concerned with either correct perspective or proportion.

The folk artists with the most puzzles on our site include Charles Wysocki, Eric Dowdle, and Jane Wooster Scott, but we have even more! Some only have one or two puzzles, but their presence is still appreciated. But browse along these images and tell us who you like best!

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BOB PETTES is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and his talent for art was discovered in grade school. After the war, he took advantage of the GI Bill to study art at the college level. He focuses on Americana and European landscapes.

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After the Chores by SunsOut. 300 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

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Meeting the Train by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24.”

CHARLES WYSOCKI was born in Detroit, Michigan to Polish parents. He credits his influences to Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell. He considers himself a painter of early American life with a “love for the old-fashioned values.”

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Virginia’s Nest by Buffalo Games. 300 pieces. Finished size: 21.25″ x 15″.

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Pumpkin Hollow by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.75″.

Benjamin’s Music Store by Buffalo Games. 300 pieces. Finished size: 21.25″ x 15″.

ELLEN STOUFFER is an artist that draws inspiration from everyday things, and she often includes things in her paintings inspired by her faith in God and her 1848 homestead. Sometimes her artwork features meaningful scripture.

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Sheep Barn by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 20″.

ERIC DOWDLE appreciates the values of hard work and faith in God and devotion to one’s country. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah but many of his artworks feature beautiful renditions of other famous towns and cities. Here are 2 more generic puzzles of his that may appeal more to someone from anywhere that’s less of a travel buff.

Classic Car Show by Dowdle Folk Art. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

Dog Walkers by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

SHEILA LEE was born in Baltimore and says her upbringing and her Irish Catholic heritage combined left her with a “terminal sense of humor” that she tries to inject in her art of people in simpler times who have that same humor. She is influenced by Charles Wysocki and Linda Nelson Stocks but adds her own flair with trademarks of a Celtic cross, a shooting star, calico prints, quilt patterns,  a white dog with black spots, an antagonistic cat, or a mischievous child playing a prank.

Fourth of July by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 30″.

Hometown Parade by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 30″.

LINDA NELSON STOCKS makes art that celebrates America’s remarkable heritage injected with values of community and family. She enjoys painting farms and villages in rich detail.

Gifts from the Garden by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

Sasha Salutes the Flag by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

MATTIE LOU O’KELLEY started beginning to paint at age 60 as a hobby. She died 19 years later, but in that time, she painted beautiful nostalgic works that depicted the Georgia countryside from the 20th century. She had always wanted to paint, but she had to leave school in 9th grade to help out on the family farm. She worked as a seamstress, cook, and waitress in town after her father died, and when she retired at age 60 she said she “finally had the time” to learn to paint, and quickly went on to be a celebrated folk artist.

Yard Sale by Pomegranate. 500 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 18″.

WILFREDO LIMVALENCIA considers his style “folk-realism” because he has a penchant for minute details. There is a unique blending of naieve art and realistic elements that makes Limvalencia’s art really special. He brainstorms with his family and says he really feels blessed to live an artist’s life.

Pies, Pastries, and Pumpkins by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

Great American Quilt Factory by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

Dockside Bears by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 19″.

ART POULIN has a deep appreciation of America’s simplicity and a knowledge of 20th century architecture that he infuses in his art in a seamless blend. His work is warm and gentle countryside scenes which embrace an alliance between accuracy in perspective and architecture not typically found in folk art. Before working in art, Poulin was in the military and had the honor to meet six presidents.

To the Barns by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

Roses at Snapdragon by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″.

TOM ANTONISHAK grew up in Pennsylvania as an Eagle Scout and there developed a deep appreciation of nature. His interest in art was a combination of his interest in history, specifically the American West. Before attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for graphic design, he served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He says he tries to infuse an acute sense of detail and intensity in his art.

The Family Wagon by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 30″.

Chasing Summer Butterflies by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 30″.

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Somerset Hills by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 30″.

JANE WOOSTER SCOTT is in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the most reproduced artists in America. At first she began by copying the style of artist Grandma Moses but eventually she developed her own style. Most of her shows today sell out on opening night. She describes herself as a very happy person, and hopes that her art brings out that same emotion in her viewers because, “We have enough stressful things in the world. We don’t need it hanging on our walls.”

The Pet Vet by Ceaco. 300 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 20″.

Halloween Adventures by Ceaco. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 20″.