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.
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Take a look at our brand new ‘Impuzzible’ Collection. These puzzles are available exclusively from All Jigsaw Puzzles and have been designed to be difficult! Be warned, they are very challenging! If you’re after a challenging Jigsaw Puzzle, take a look below…
All of our Impuzzibles are 1000 pieces and there are currently 11 versions to collect, including ‘Natural Grass’, ‘Crinkle Rainbow’ and ‘Natural Sky’. If a challenging Jigsaw Puzzle is what you’re after, these will definitely suit your needs!
Our Impuzzible jigsaw puzzles are available exclusively on our website, meaning you won’t find these designs anywhere else! They would make a fantastic Christmas present or a great challenge for a family to complete. You will certainly feel a sense of satisfaction once it’s completed, as these jigsaw puzzles are no mean feat!
Our impuzzibles are all currently £12.99 each and vary in design. They are great fun to collect and are a great achievement once completed. To make sure you don’t lose any pieces, why don’t you take a look at our Jigsaw Puzzle accessories, including puzzle sorters and puzzle boards…
Do you think you’re up to the Impuzzibles challenge?
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Some boxes are slightly bumped and bruised in transit, however the actual jigsaw puzzle pieces are still in fantastic condition and are perfect for puzzling! It’s what’s on the inside that counts right?
So why are these Mystery Jigsaw Puzzles ‘Premium’?
Well, these puzzles boxes are NOT damaged and will arrive in pristine condition! We will simply send you a mystery Jigsaw Puzzle for a bargain price that will arrive in perfect condition. The fun of it is that you won’t know what Puzzle it will be… you will only know what size it is!
1000-1500 pc Mystery Premium Bargain Jigsaw Puzzles
You can also buy Kids 3D Premium Mystery Jigsaw Puzzles and Kids 5+ Years.
Why not treat yourself to one or two of our Mystery Jigsaw Puzzles or a Mystery Premium Jigsaw Puzzle and have a lovely surprise arrive at your doorstep! It will also save you the hassle of picking a puzzle and you will receive it for a super price! It’s a lot of fun and we will never send you the same jigsaw twice!
We’ve been looking at our range of ‘King’ Jigsaw Puzzles and have found some fantastic collections that we think you will love!
Explore Copenhagen in the city collection, walk on the wild side with an animal themed puzzle or get cosy with a classic cottage jigsaw. King is a popular Jigsaw Manufacturer based in Holland since 1970. They have a great reputation for quality and creating popular designs.
This week’s puzzle of the week is the beautiful Gamekeeper’s Cottage 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle by the talented artist Gill Erskine-Hill.
Gamekeeper’s Cottage by Gill Erskine-Hill – 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
This beautiful winter snow scene shows an isolated cottage in a Devon Valley. You can almost feel the chill of the winter’s day contrast to the welcoming warmth implied by the friendly curl of smoke from the chimney.
This jigsaw puzzle makes me think of Christmas day walks, wrapped up in hats and scarves against the cold. You arrive home with red noses and cold fingers and warm up in front of the fire with a cup of tea and a mince pie.
Gill Erskine-Hill Collection
Gill Erskine-Hill has been painting for 30 years in a variety of locations, being fortunate enough to have lived and worked in Devon, Scotland, Norfolk and the Dordogne area of South West France. Following a move back to Devon, she is re-experiencing the beauty and diversity of this part of Britain and drawing inspiration from the people and landscape there.
To view all of Gill’s jigsaw puzzle designs click on the image below.
I personally like Eurographics jigsaw puzzles. I realise that I am supposed to be impartial, but I like the variety of designs they have in their stable. From traditional to vintage, from fun to interesting, it very much feels like they are creating puzzles that they like and not just thinking we need to do another puzzle of a certain design. I have no idea if this is true, but that’s what it seems like.
What I do know is that the puzzles are good quality and they are priced reasonably. With strong high-quality puzzle pieces, which are made from recycled board and printed with vegetable based ink. These puzzles will delight and educate all at the same time. To put some impartiality back into this blog post, I have put our top 10 selling Eurographics jigsaw puzzles in the table below, so you can see what our customers love from the Eurographics Jigsaw Puzzle range. I hope you enjoy!