Maybe the old boss wasn’t so bad!

I have a young daughter, and so many of my ideas start with her. One of our favorite activities is doing puzzles. I wanted to try creating a puzzle – as in the actual puzzle, the box art, everything. I was looking at some of the drawings I had done around that time to see if there was something that would work, and there was one of a dinosaur in an office (wut?) that I thought would make a fun puzzle. I found a company online that creates puzzles in low quantities, and after some development came up with this. I think it turned out pretty well. It was a fun project and I got to exercise a lot of different creative muscles. And … it got the thumbs up from my daughter!

Puzzle pieces and box
Finished puzzle
Puzzle pieces and box
Finished puzzle

I started with some rough sketches. One nice thing about working digitally is that you can manipulate sketches around with ease to get just the right composition.

Puzzle artwork rough sketch
Original rough sketch
Final puzzle artwork
Puzzle box artwork

After I completed the artwork, I created a scale paper mockup of the box art. Whenever I’m making something physical, I find it extremely useful to make a physical prototype. There is nothing like holding it in your hands to get a real sense for scale and proportion. Then I created the final box art dieline and sent to the printer.

Puzzle box paper mockup
Puzzle box paper mockup
Puzzle box artwork flat
Puzzle box dieline