IT HAS been 18 months in the making, but now fans of local cartoonist Mike Jupp can get their hands on his latest amazing creation.
His I Love Summer jigsaw, which features a wealth of crazy seaside capers, was launched last month at the NEC Toy Fair.
Now available locally and online, this intricate puzzle – and work of art – follows on from the North Bersted artist’s creations, I Love Christmas and I Love Spring.
Inspired by local characters, stories and scenes, its incredible detail means hours of fun for jigsaw lovers.
Sketched in pencil and then created in Photoshop, Mike’s amazing designs are the result of months of hard work – but he relishes the challenge.
“If you are going to do it, do it well,” he says of working 14-hour days, seven days a week.
“I start from the background and work forward – the last thing I do is my signature in the bottom corner.”
We are giving Observer readers the chance to win one of six of his I Love Summer puzzles.
All you have to do is enter our caption competition, and we’ll pick the best entries.
We want your caption for the picture on the right, just a fraction of the finished puzzle, which shows a woman enjoying a much-needed nap on a lilo in the sea off Bognor Regis.
To get you started, here are a few the Observer team have come up with:
- “She drank all the wine, but then suddenly putting a message in the bottle didn’t seem so important any more.”
- “Posh Spice tended to ease off the diet when she was on holiday with David...”
- “Derek the duck was relieved he managed to escape from under the sleeping whale.”
Send your suggested captions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put I Love Summer in the subject line.
Or send your entries to I Love Summer competition, c/o Ellie Evans, Chichester Observer, Unicorn House, Eastgate Square, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1JN.
Please include your name, address and day-time phone number on all competition entries.
Entries to be received by 5pm on Thursday, June 20. Only the winners will be contacted. All entries will then be destroyed.
Mike Jupp’s I Love Summer jigsaw is sold by Gibsons Games at www.gibsonsgamesonline.co.uk
It is available as a cash purchase at the customer service desk at Sainsbury’s supermarket, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, or you can pick up the puzzle from Manor Nursery, Pagham Road, Runcton.