Where did the jigsaw-puzzle faces come from?
For several years now, I’ve been drawings faces in my sketchbooks. I got started because I thought it might sharpen my powers of observation and be fun. I was right about both. Now I sketch at least a dozen faces each week. I pay more attention to interesting faces these days.
I draw from photographs or from people I see face to face. If I see an interesting face in a movie, I pause the film and do a sketch (Dr. Fu Manchu). If I see an intriguing face in a magazine article, I’ll do a pencil sketch in my notebook (young Ernest Hemingway). If I'm stuck in a boring meeting, I’ll draw some of the people in the room (co-worker Barbara).
After several years of this, my drawing skills are a little better and I have several thousand faces in my sketchbooks.
Asking for volunteers. As I neared the end of my effort to design a jigsaw puzzle with hundreds of faces, I thought it might be fun to add a few faces of fans. So, back in June, I used social media to invite people who follow my work to be included in the puzzle.
All they had to do was send me a good selfie. Based on previous social-media appeals, I thought I’d get a half dozen responses. I was wrong. In the end, nearly 100 people submitted photos. Far more than I could use. Some of the source photos weren’t good enough to use and some were late. But many were just what I wanted. Lovely faces. So, I ended up drawing more than 30 new faces instead of the six I had planned.
Here’s my process. 1] Find source. 2] Pencil sketch. 3] Ink with my trusty brush pen. 4] Add color in Adobe Illustrator.
It means that some sponsors of this project will have a triple thrill. First assembling the puzzle, then finding the look-alikes, and finally, finding themselves. That’s a lot of entertainment from a single puzzle.
Project closes soon. There’s still time to bump up your pledge level if you need extra puzzles for gift giving. Production has already started. Die cutting of puzzles is scheduled to start on Friday. I’m still shooting to get the puzzles out before Christmas.
Need an unusual gift? If you missed any of my previous, ridiculous Kickstarter projects, there are some left-overs still available here.
Thanks all for your amazing support.