Ravensburger Presents… The World's Largest Puzzle

Mar 28, 2011

KEITH HARING: DOUBLE RETROSPECT!

This puzzle isn't just big, it's HUGE!  At 32,000+ pieces, it's the largest commercially-available jigsaw puzzle
in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.  The Keith Haring: Double Retrospect from
Ravensburger, the first name in high-quality, beautifully designed puzzles, is a breathtaking masterpiece of pop
art icon Keith Haring's signature bold colors and free-form artistic designs that comes to brilliant life – piece by
piece!  This tribute puzzle gives art lovers, collectors and families the opportunity to own a "piece" of the late
artist's celebrated work.  Keith Haring, who believed art should be available to everyone and was known for his
many large-scale creations for charities, hospitals and orphanages may well have enjoyed this super-sized
challenge himself…!

Made in Ravensburger's state-of-the-art factory in Germany, the Keith Haring: Double Retrospect puzzle:

     • Features a retrospective with 32 individual, brightly-colored images of Keith Haring's artwork!

     • Includes 32,256 precision-cut pieces packaged in eight separate poly bags!

     • Consists of just six colors plus black and white, adding to the already incredible challenge!

     • Should take about 400 hours to complete, according to Ravensburger's estimates

     • Measures more than 17x6 feet!

     • Weighs 42 lbs – and comes with its own hand truck!

     • Is available at retailers nationwide for an SRP of $299.99.

To learn more about all of the "masterpieces" in Ravensburger's extensive lineup, please visit www.ravensburger.com.

About Ravensburger
Newton, NH-based Ravensburger is the U.S. subsidiary of Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH, a German toy and game manufacturer with a 125-year history of tradition.  Founded in Ravensburg, Germany in 1883, Ravensburger is a leading producer of toys loved the world over and celebrated for its meticulous commitment to detail, high production standards and superior quality control.  In addition to Ravensburger-branded puzzles, games and arts & crafts, the company is the exclusive distributor of WOW Preschool Toys and holds licenses for such well-known brands as Thomas and Friends™, Animal Planet™, The Twilight Saga™, Hello Kitty®, Highlights™, Iron Man® 2 and more.

A Strong Relationship
Artlicensing.com has been a long time partner with Ravensburger and has licensed many images over the years. Artists such as Sam Park, Joh Naito, Tricia Reilly-Matthews, William Vanderdasson, Nicky Boehme and many more. We enjoy working with their company and look forward to a strong 2011.

Posters
Many of Keith's prints can be purchased through our partner site McGaw Graphics.

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ArtLicensing.com and Jill McDonald Design strike a deal

Mar 05, 2011

Jill McDonald is rapidly becoming nationally recognized as an extremely talented young designer with a colorful, whimsical style that's fresh, fun and unique.

Jill graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 with a degree in textile design. She then went on to work for Baby Gap as a print stylist in Gap's Manhattan, NY design headquarters. After two years at Gap Jill made the decision to return to her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri where she joined Hallmark Cards working as an illustrator for three years.

In January 2004 Jill felt the time was right to strike out on her own and founded Jill McDonald Design. Jill specializes in surface design collections and illustrations oriented towards baby and kids. Jill has illustrated many children's books, created bedding collections, Scrapbooking lines, Christmas collections, Stationary collections & Wall art. Jill is now working with her team on a line of products under her name. Look for them soon!

ArtLicensinng.com is very please to be working with Jill. Below are some amazing licensed products and take some time to view her portfolio.

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New Color Palettes

Jan 08, 2011

 

 

Sherwin Williams has released their 2011 color palettes for the year, and they're striking combos. These four palettes cover the gamut of what 2011 is shaping up to look like. There's a bold combo, a pastel group, a mixture of brights, and of course, the softer more neutral family. Each of these color groupings serves its purpose for various uses in the home. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Restless Nomad collection includes deep, rich colors and many jewel tones. It's a great palette to use for some punch, but without going too bright. It includes the new purples that have been forecasted as strong colors. 

 

Gentle Medley is the palette that showcases pastels and lights. This is where you can bring in a feminine, fresh tough for a bright, easy look. The aqua that has been strong for so long is still evident here. 

 

The last palette in this new collection is Purely Refined which brings in dusty versions of trendy colors. It uses new blues, lavenders and yellows, which are a very sophisticated combination. Using these colors will be a great first step into 2011!

 

 

 

 

 

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Pantone Announces their 2011 Color of the Year

Dec 11, 2010

Pantone has announced their color of the year for 2011, and it's certainly a statement! It's bright pink! Pink is a combination of red and white and is effective in neutralizing chaos and disorder. Pink, in its meaning, provides feelings of caring, tenderness, and acceptance - are we setting the tone for 2011???

Pantone describes their reasoning for selecting this vibrant hue as their color of the year:
Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It's a color for every day - with nothing "everyday" about it.

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Purple Haze!

Oct 29, 2010

Purple has certainly taken its place amongst today's leading trend colors. It has been forecasted for some time and it's now really started to earn a spot on retail shelves.

It can take on more of a red-ish hue, like a plum, which seems to be most popular at this point, or it can be cooler with more of a blue cast. It can be both warm and cool, depending on the shade. Either way, it's a color that can look soft and feminine or powerful and punchy. 

This color is associated with both royalty and spirituality and a shade of it was selected as Pantone's color of the year in 2008. Now that it's finally hitting the marketplace, it's has come in like a lion. Keep watching this color, as it'll be a major player in the trend world over the next several months.

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Art Licensing's "House" Appearance

Oct 09, 2010

House, one of television's most popular shows, has selected one of our artists' work to potentially appear on the show! A puzzle customer we work with has developed 3 puzzles from Randy Van Beek's work. View Randy's Work. They were approached by House to use the puzzles in one of their upcoming episodes.The proposed plot is based on a woman who has a hyper-memory disorder and they find out she's been doing jigsaw puzzles for years. Randy's work is one of several artists to be selected for this opportunity and we won't find out if he's chosen until we watch the episode on February 7, 2011. So tune in to see Randy's work displayed on the show!

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Presentations

Oct 01, 2010

We go the extra mile!  Within our licensing division we work with customers who create all kinds of products; from stickers to calendars and garden flags to kitchen accessories. Each of these customers has different art needs and their products require variations in the artwork. For instance, a puzzle company and a gift box company will have very different treatments for the same piece of artwork. For this reason, we provide what we call Presentation Sheets to our customers for our New Box art line. These sheets show how the artwork can be changed, rearranged, and manipulated in ways that allow it to fit to nearly any format. 

In these sheets, we show how the artwork can be fit to various templates and shapes. The sheets feature a circular shape to represent a plate, coaster or clock. The square shape can represent a napkin or a gift box. The upper left rectangle layout can be used for a rug/mat, a placemat, or a screen saver. We also show a repeat pattern that can be utilized by our fabric, wallpaper, or wrapping paper customers. These sheets have become a useful tool for our customers. Not only do they show the versatility of our artwork, but they also provide inspiration to the customer on new ways to showcase the work on their products. 

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Fashionable Imagery at Art Licensing

Sep 23, 2010

Fashion imagery has become a trend in the art industry.  Images with patterns, fabrics, accessories, and fashion sketches have become a highly sought after category.  This look is used across a large range of products - even on bathroom products!  It's a great category to highlight some funk and style.  You can really show your true colors in these images and have fun with them.

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Art in Fashion Week

Sep 14, 2010

It's Fashion Week in NYC!! With art abound all over the city, it's a great way to get inspired! Fashion is always a good indicator of trends, as they often make their way from the clothing into the home. Floral patterns of all kinds are a big part of today's fashion scene. Small scale floral prints to large, bold flowers are playing their part for a delicate and femine feel. But not to be left out are denim, stripes, and plaids. These patterns can and are used in the home as well. Whether they're featured on bedding, an accent pillow, or draperies, they help set a tone for the feel of any room.

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Get on the Juvenile Art Bandwagon!

Sep 10, 2010



Children are always growing, blooming, learning to read, and testing their limits...why not illustrate that part of their lives? Entire catalogs are devoted to this large niche now - Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod are two of the bigger players who have built businesses on this theme. Children have a place in the home all their own, no different from the adults in the house, and these places need artwork like any other would. We can provide just the right looks for these nooks! Our collection of juvenile artwork ranges from toys and games to inspirational, and even purely decorative. Using colors and subjects children can identify with, it makes for a great look that allows today's child to express their own sense of style.

View our vast Juvenile archive!

 

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