Chaos puzzles! Who invented these hilarious designs?
Ever wondered who creates the amazing Chaos puzzles? Well, now you can find out more about him! The very talented Ricardo Galvao kindly answered some questions for us – read all about him below…
Tell us a bit about yourself Ricardo! What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m 44 now and I’ve always enjoyed drawing. Back in school, when I was 13-14, I started drawing caricatures of my colleagues and teachers. I’ve also been a football fan and recently rediscovered the pleasure of bicycle riding. One good thing about my work is that I can manage my work time in order to have the chance to take a 100km ride from time to time.
How long have you been working as an artist and what inspired you to start?
I’ve been a cartoon and caricature artist since 1991. At least, at a professional level. I was supposed to become an Economist, but only 6 months after going to university, I started working as a cartoonist at Portuguese sports newspaper “A Bola”. I thought this would be a part-time job, but I quickly realized this would be my future. However, I still graduated from Economy School, but never worked on that area.
We love the style of the Chaos puzzles; how do you come up with all the characters found within these designs?
As a puzzle enthusiast, I grew up seeing several chaotic themed puzzles and decided to create my own version of it, with my drawing style. They all start with an initial idea, an initial layout for the scene and then I start adding characters, situations. The goal is to create them in a funny way. The process, at this stage, is also chaotic: I draw several concepts and then try to place them on the image in a way that makes some kind of sense. In the end, I want to have an image filled with lots of characters, all doing something awkward.
What is your favourite subject to draw?
I’ve been drawing sports cartoons for the time I’ve been working at “A Bola”, so sports characters, especially football players are amongst my favorite.
Also, on my cartoons I always like to keep them simple. A good cartoon needs to transmit the message in a clear, simple way. Sometimes, I find myself complicating things and that rarely brings extra value to the cartoon. If you don’t know what to do to make it more complex, keep it simple.
Which is your favourite Chaos puzzle and why?
Although my love for cycling, I’d choose the Chaos at the Royal Wedding. Not that I’m a fan of Monarchy but I enjoyed playing with the wedding institution, breaking the cliches and formality we always find in weddings.
You can find the Chaos range on our website here! There are 14 puzzles to choose from.
We asked Tim Bulmer, a UK based artist, a few questions about his artwork!
We have just released a fantastic range of county map jigsaw puzzles! Featuring the wonderful artwork from Tim Bulmer!
So without further ado, here is our interview with Tim so we could find out more about him…
We would love to learn more about you! Tell us a little bit about yourself, Tim.
I was born in 1958 in Northumberland and was sent away to school, which in the 60’s and 70’s was a rather cruel environment. Then I lived in North Yorkshire before going off to art school firstly Tees Side and then Wimbledon School Of Art to study Theatre Design of all things. I did work in the theatre, briefly, but that was to shift scenery and make the lights work.
I was lucky to be offered a job in a brand new picture framing company called Frame Express where we were expected to frame the customers’ pictures in under the hour. Very stressful! My next place of work was Forest Gallery in Guildford where I was supposed to be a sales person – but I was useless – so I concentrated on mounting up the work instead and would doodle on the table tops. Rather than fire me they put frames around the doodles and my career as a cartoonist had started.
Comical Map of Kent by Tim Bulmer
What inspired you to become an artist?
Life in general! It wasn’t intended to be anything that sold necessarily. Schooldays could be fairly grim – all those cold baths and running up fells. Drawing just kept me sane. I spent all my time in the art department which may not have impressed the authorities but I loved it. After that I just never really stopped. It was others who saw the merit in it-I didn’t show it to anybody as such. I think the word is serendipity but don’t quote me on that-I’m not even sure I can spell it!
When did you start drawing your fantastic images?
The first fuss I seem to recall made over my drawings was as a six year old at my local Primary School in South Yorkshire (our first family home) I can’t recall what it looked it like exactly but I seem to recollect trees and beehives. All very surreal – I don’t know what it was they must have been feeding us in those days. The cartoons grew from that point I suppose. When people show encouragement you don’t tend to stop and however hard they try stop you in the future you refuse to give up. A useful lesson all round!
We love the comical map range, what inspired you to draw them?
Living in Yorkshire I simply wanted to come up with an image that said (funnily enough)”YORKSHIRE” – they are extremely proud of their county up there and of course one can end up well and truly covered in egg. I didn’t really do anything with it though and it lived in my plan chest for about ten years. It was only after being commissioned to illustrate a book about Yorkshire that I got it out and turned it into a poster to go in the back of the book. It went down like a plate of Fat Rascals (that’s good by the way) and I was asked to try another map, then another and another…….
Comical Map of Yorkshire by Tim Bulmer
What is your favourite subject to draw?
I love doing maps – the research – the plotting out – all the daft and/or interesting facts- the rough sketch ,tidying it all up into an attractive entity. The accuracy isn’t great, don’t whatever you do try to navigate your way round the country using my maps. It is a long old process but by the time I am three quarters of the way through one map I am already thinking of the next!
Thank you, Tim 🙂
You can find Tim’s fantastic comical map jigsaw puzzles here.
Two Brand New Personalised Pet Jigsaw Puzzles – For Pet Lovers!
We have been busy creating two brand new personalised pet jigsaw puzzles, which are positively perfect for pet lovers!
Pet owners can upload a picture of their pet and we will add it in to the montage of dogs or the montage of cats! These personalised pet jigsaw puzzles are great fun to complete and would also make a fantastic gift for a friend or family member. ‘Where’s Doggy’ and ‘Where’s Moggy’ are the two new designs and we hope you will love them!
A very fun and cute jigsaw puzzle that features your dog! Find your pooch within the pieces in this fun 1000 piece personalised jigsaw puzzle.
Simply upload a photo of your pooch and we will place it into this lovely montage of all kinds of dogs. You’ll have so much fun piecing together your doggy jigsaw puzzle and finding your pup within the pieces. You can even personalise the box with a message if you are giving it as a gift. If it’s not a gift, why not put your dogs name on the box? Featuring a variety of dog breeds, from Beagles and Border Collies to Dachshunds and Dalmatians.
A very fun and cute jigsaw puzzle that features your cat! Find your feline within the pieces in this fun 1000 piece personalised jigsaw puzzle.
Simply upload a photo of your kitty and we will place it into this lovely montage of all kinds of cats. You’ll have so much fun piecing together your cat jigsaw puzzle and finding your feline friend within the pieces. You can even personalise the box with a message if you are giving it as a gift. If it’s not a gift, why not put your cats name on the box? Find a variety of cats within this gorgeous jigsaw puzzle. This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is a wonderful challenge to complete and is ‘purrfect’ for cat lovers!
On the look out for Christmas jigsaw puzzles for 2018?
Hooray to Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles 2018! We are stocking lots of lovely Christmas jigsaw puzzles ready for festive season. Including Limited Edition Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles from Falcon de Luxe, Gibsons and Ravensburger.
Not only that, we are also releasing our very own exclusive Christmas jigsaw puzzles that are fantastically festive.
Here is a sneak peak at the Christmas jigsaw puzzles you will find this year. We will add the latest Christmas jigsaw puzzles for 2018 to this blog post as they come in to stock, so this really is the place to be for your fix of festive puzzles.
Wasgij Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle 2018
Released in June 2018, this puzzle has already flown off the shelves and is extremely Christmassy. Wasgij are very popular jigsaw puzzles in the puzzling world and their Christmas puzzles are always a firm favourite.
Wasgij Christmas 14 Santa’s Little Helpers is the latest Christmas Wasgij and is brand to new 2018.
This amazing Wasgij Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle is only £12.99 on our store, much cheaper than anywhere else! Find it on our store here
All Jigsaw Puzzles Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles for 2018
Here at AJP HQ, we are so excited to start sharing our brand new festive puzzles! We have worked hard to find designs that we think you will love and that we think will get you into the Christmas spirit!
‘Happy Christmas’ jigsaw puzzle was released in early July and it has already proved to be quite popular with you all! We wanted to create a cute Christmas montage and we think all the beautiful Christmas images are really fun to piece together. We can’t wait to hear what you think.
Find it here. Currently available in 1000 or 500 pieces, but we will also be releasing it in 500XL soon.
We can’t wait to share even more Christmas designs that we have been working on, including a lovely scenic Christmas puzzle, another fun montage and an amazing Chaos one too! Keep an eye out as these will be live very soon.
Falcon de Luxe Limited Edition Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle 2018
Christmas Shopping 2 x 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle is a Limited Edition Christmas jigsaw puzzle for 2018. This gorgeous puzzle is full of Christmas spirit!
WHAT IF? No.20 – Christmas Lights is very funny 1000 piece Christmas jigsaw puzzle. The Twigg family are feeling pretty disgruntled by their neighbours behaviour, but what if a Christmas miracle happened for the Twigg family? What if Christmas magic really existed? This is the scene that you have to puzzle! Use your imagination to puzzle out the scene.
Find this puzzle here
Coming soon!! We are so excited to see the new Limited Edition Ravensburger Christmas Jigsaw puzzle! If it’s anything like last year’s ‘Which One’s Santa’ design, we will all be in for a real treat. Here’s a reminder of what that looked like:
UPDATE! The new design for 2018 is here! Scroll down to find it!
UPDATE! The Limited Edition Ravensburger Christmas Jigsaw puzzle for 2018 is here. ‘Let’s Visit Santa’ is the title of the puzzle and it will not disappoint. It is only £12.99 on our store too! Click on the image to find it.
Gibsons Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles 2018
Here’s a bit of fun for you! A Christmas jigsaw puzzle calendar! Countdown to Christmas with 12 days of jigsaw puzzles – behind each door you will find an 80 piece jigsaw puzzle. Christmas Street is the name of the jigsaw puzzle collection found within this amazing calendar. What a perfect gift for a jigsaw puzzle fan and Christmas lover, or an amazing treat for yourself.
This amazing Christmas ornament is no ordinary tree ornament, it contains a Christmas jigsaw puzzle inside! A really fun and unique idea for your Christmas tree, that is great fun too. Only £5.99! Find it here
‘Christmas Toy Shop’ 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle is a charming Christmas jigsaw puzzle that is full of festive cheer. Find it here
‘Driving home for Christmas’ is the beautiful, limited edition Christmas jigsaw puzzle from Gibsons for 2018! It truly is a gorgeous jigsaw puzzle that will make you dream of snowy days and the excitement of Christmas.
In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes. Jigsaw puzzles are a wonderful pastime for those who suffer with Dementia as they are an excellent way to focus the mind.
Dementia Action Week takes place on 21-27 May. The Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone to take actions big and small to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.
During this week, if you buy one Gibsons jigsaw puzzle from our store, you can get Gibsons ‘Purrfect Chocolate’ 500 piece jigsaw puzzle Half Price!
For every copy of ‘Purrfect Chocolate’ sold during Dementia Action Week, Gibsons will kindly donate 50p to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Purrfect Chocolate 500 Piece Gift Puzzle – £11.99 / This week only 6.99 when you buy any Gibsons jigsaw puzzle for Dementia Action Week. View
For every copy of ‘Purrfect Chocolate’ sold during Dementia Action Week, Gibsons will kindly donate 50p to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Gibsons Jigsaw Puzzles
We have a wonderful range of jigsaw puzzles and stock many that are smaller in size with larger puzzle pieces. This makes the puzzle experience that little more smoother and focuses the mind. Take a look at some of them below…
Treasure Hunt 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle – £8.99
Everyone in the village has gathered for the annual summer treasure hunt, whether they are taking part, or soaking up the sun with a pint from the local! View
Herbert’s Hardware Store – Steve Crisp 500XL Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Herbert’s hardware shop is an Aladdin’s cave of useful items, and his excellent service means he always has a steady stream of regular customers.
Celebrating Britain’s best streets. The view looking down from the top of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset, has been described as one of the most romantic sights in England. The steep cobbled street, lined with beautiful chocolate-box cottages, is famous for its picturesque appearance. It has been used as a setting for film and television, including the famous 1973 “Boy on a Bike” Hovis advert, directed by Ridley Scott.
Summer days in this picturesque 1950s village are always bustling with activity. Fishing in the stream, harvesting vegetables in the garden, and nattering with friends are the order of the day in this cheerful scene. This gorgeous nostalgic design is full of detail.
Cat’s Cookie Club 250XL Piece Jigsaw Puzzle – £10.99
In this puzzle, Linda Jane Smith gives us a glimpse of the chaos that takes place when a clowder of cats are set loose in the kitchen. Seems like there will be a lot of mess to clean up. Let’s hope they can clean it up before their owner arrives back home, because she might not be too impressed!
We have a BRAND NEW Ambler Jigsaw Puzzle to introduce to you!
Now and Then ‘The Restaurant Kitchen’ 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle – Special Edition. ‘Then on the lid, now on the jig!’ Confused? Allow us to explain…
The challenge is to piece together what the historic scene on the box would look like today! This jigsaw is a real puzzler, but you will be helped along the way with the usual suspects, such as the mole, the falcon and the grim reaper!
Step into the hilarious world of Ambler! The Restaurant Kitchen is the 16th addition to the Ambler Family and is the first of the 2018 cartoon collection!
However, this is no ordinary Ambler… the challenge is to piece together what the scene on the box would look like today! The image on the box shows a historic restaurant kitchen, where all manner of mishaps are taking place – there’s food all over the floor, all kinds of animals, an injured chef and some sort of giant broth to feed all those scary red eyes in the background!
Brand New Ambler Jigsaw Puzzle news! All our Amblers are now available in 500 pieces
Great news! All of our Ambler jigsaw puzzles are now available in 500 pieces. If you prefer your puzzles in a smaller size to suit your coffee table, you are in luck. Our hilarious Ambler designs are now available in the smaller 500 piece size. Take a look at our Ambler collection by clicking the button below…
Enter our Competition!
This week on our Facebook page, we are giving away our new Ambler ‘The Restaurant Kitchen’ 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle to THREE lucky winners! To enter, simply visit our facebook page this Friday (16/02/2018) at 12pm, ‘like’ our competition post and comment on the post saying why you like the jigsaw puzzle.
Our lucky winners will also each receive an Ambler t-shirt with their prize!
Entries close on Monday 19th February at 12pm and the winners will be announced shortly after. Good Luck!
A very funny puzzle of a situation we have all been in! This couple have almost completed their lovely jigsaw puzzle of a caravan in a field. The only problem is, they have lost the final puzzle piece!
New Jigsaw Puzzles for 2018 from Jumbo and Ravensburger!
We have received a huge amount of brand new jigsaw puzzles from Jumbo and Ravensburger! There are some fantastic designs for you to choose from.
In this blog, you will find some of the latest designs that are now available in 2018!
New Jigsaw Puzzles from Jumbo
Find BRAND NEW Jan van Haasteren, a selection of stunning scenic puzzles and a new range of hilarious puzzles from the Falcon de Luxe ‘Humour Collection’.
Take a look at these fantastic new designs from Jan van Haasteren. ‘Winter Games’ (top image), ‘The Garden Centre’ (image on the left) and ‘Friday the 13th’ (image on the right). These very funny designs will certainly make you laugh and are a wonderful addition to your collection.
‘Britain United’ (top image), ‘Cruise Chaos’ (image on the left) and ‘Picnic in the Park’ (image on the right). These are the new additions to the brilliant Falcon de Luxe humour collection. Find them here.
Find the latest designs from Jumbo here, including beautiful designs from Falcon de Luxe and BRAND NEW WASGIJ!
We have plenty of new stock coming in all the time from amazing jigsaw puzzle companies, plus our very own designs! Keep checking back on our website or why not sign up to our e-newsletter to keep up to date?