If you’ve never heard of Dave Creek, the brilliantly talented artist, chances are you know his work from Bob’s Burgers. Dave was the lead character designer who had been working on the hit cartoon series since day one. Tragically, on January 7, Dave died of sustained injuries from a skydiving accident, leaving his family, creative team, and fans shattered.

Dave not only designed your “favourite character on Bob’s at some point,” according to the cartoon director Simon Chong, but he also showed his exceptional talent for hand-creating bonsai tree houses.

The pieces feature tiny houses, ladders, balconies, and steps that form miniature architectural wonders and complement the geometry of bonsai trees. More than anything, they speak of Dave’s tremendous patience, immaculate eye for detail, and passion for creativity, for all of which he will be deeply missed.

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These incredible bonsai tree houses were created by the late artist Dave Creek who tragically died in a skydiving incident earlier this year

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Dave was the lead character designer for the hit cartoon Bob’s Burgers since its very first day, and made many fan-favorite characters come to life on screen

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Dave will always be remembered for his exceptional skill and talent, and these bonsai tree houses he made by hand stand as a reminder to it

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Dave Creek—the lead character designer of the hit cartoon series, Bob’s Burgers—died Thursday, January 7th, from injuries sustained after a recent skydiving accident, according to a statement from the show’s production companies 20th Television, Fox Entertainment, and Bento Box Entertainment. At the time of the tragedy, the artist was 42 years old.

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“We are heartbroken at the tragic passing of Dave Creek, an extraordinary artist who had been with Bob’s Burgers from day one,” the statement read. “He was not just an incredible talent but a beautiful person as well, and our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all his colleagues at the show who loved him and are grieving today.”

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After graduating from the California Institute of the Arts, Dave worked as a freelance animator. In 2011, he joined the original Bob’s Burger’s team and was there since the very beginning. Throughout his career, Dave’s talent contributed to Central Park (also co-created by Bouchard), Brickleberry, Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, and Charlie Brown.

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Along with his work in animation, Dave Creek was also known as an avid woodworker and miniature treehouse builder. His breathtaking treehouses amassed a cult following on social media, where people praised him for patience and skill.

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Dave was adventurous too. Skydiving was one of his passions and he often shared pictures from jumps and aerial views he had undergone. A couple of weeks prior to his death, he’d even shared successful landing photos on his Instagram account from another skydiving occasion.

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Image credits: dave_creek

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Image credits: dave_creek

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And people loved Dave’s immaculate bonsai treehouse designs