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.
This week’s puzzle of the week is the Dickensian Yuletide Jigsaw puzzle from the Ambler Cartoon Collection. This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle is a unique blend of the Ambler world and Charles Dickens!
A Dickensian Yuletide Jigsaw Puzzle – Ambler Cartoon Collection – 1000 piece
At first glance this looks like a typical Christmas scene illustrating your favourite Dickensian characters such as Scrooge and Oliver Twist. But look a little closer….
Why is there an Australian man in his Bermuda shorts wandering around and Tiny Tim has a Pie shop? Who’s been scrawling graffiti on the walls and who is the attractive lady in the red and green “outfit”?!”
Packed with detail and lots of humorous little illustrations, the Ambler Cartoon collection puzzle will make you smile as you piece it together.
Michael Durkans’ Ambler Cartoon Collection
This is the final instalment for the the Ambler 16 collection. This fun range show familiar scenes with an Ambler twist! You can find all the other available Ambler cartoon collection jigsaw puzzles by clicking here.
The Ravensburger Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle is highly anticipated every Christmas. This is the 20th in the series and is developed by Ravensburger’s British design team.
Santa’s Christmas Party – Ravensburger Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle
This puzzle is called Santa’s Christmas Party. It shows Santa and his team of helpers at their Christmas party, after all, if any team deserve a fantastic Christmas party, it’s these guys! They have been working hard to get everything ready for their big job on Christmas Eve.
This is a party that everyone wants to be at. Every elf, fairy, reindeer and even the family pet are in attendance. Plus the Boss’ wife, Mrs. Claus, has come along and everyone is having a wonderful time.
Ravensburger Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle for 2016 – LIMITED EDITION
This jigsaw is part of the Limited Edition collection on the All Jigsaw Puzzles store. They only make a limited number and the Ravensburger Christmas puzzle is always extremely popular.
Limited Edition jigsaw puzzles are only available for a short time. By clicking on the link below you will find jigsaw puzzles from Wasgij, Gibsons and, of course Ravenburger. These manufacturers only make a limited amount of these so order now so you don’t miss out.
Are you looking forward to the Great British Bake Off final this evening?
We certainly are, but GBBO finals are always tinged with sadness, because you know that you will no longer have your weekly fix of salivating over all the delicious looking bakes.
Great British Bake Off Jigsaw Puzzle – 500 piece and 1000 piece
We have the perfect solution for that! These are the official Great British Bake Off Jigsaw Puzzles from Gibsons, so you know they will be great quality and be fun to puzzle! There are 500 piece and 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles for you to choose from.
While researching this blog post I found this post from the Telegraph with times and info on the GBBO final but I also highly recommend the 10 Best British Bake Off Innuendos video. Click here to view
We hope you enjoy making these puzzles which celebrate the fabulous Great British Bake Off.
The All Jigsaw Puzzles Team
p.s. Yes – Selasi is on there. Let us know who your favourite to win is on our facebook page.
This week’s Puzzle of the week is the hilarious Wasgij Christmas 12 The Big Turn On.
As usual, this new Wasgij puzzle is proving very popular with our customers. These brainteaser puzzles are great fun as they really challenge puzzlers. The picture on the box is not what you will puzzle, you have to use your imagination and the supplied clues to figure out what you should be making. You have to put yourself in the position of one of the characters in the picture and imagine what it is that they are looking at. That is the image that you puzzle!
The Wasgij Christmas puzzles from Jumbo are very popular every year. These unusual jigsaw puzzles are loved by puzzlers everywhere. Take a look at the full range by clicking on the button below.
In Wasgij’s Christmas 12 The Big Turn On jigsaw puzzle you will have to imagine what the lady in the red dress could possibly be preventing her daughter from seeing! As a bonus with this puzzle, you also get to puzzle the image on the box. 2 x 1000 piece jigsaws in one box!
As we know our customers love these so much we are giving away one Wasgij Christmas 12 The Big Turn On Jigsaw Puzzle on our facebook this week (giveaway ends at 12noon on Monday 5th September 2016). Find out more about our Jigsaw Jackpot Weekly giveaway by clicking here.