Monday, April 25, 2011


These images were for a company that produces place-mats for the restaurant industry. It wasn't a high paying or high profile gig, but it was a heck of a lot of fun for a couple of reasons.

First off, all I was given was a title for each mat and a few guidelines the rest was up to me, total creative freedom!

Secondly, I was responsible for all of the content, the art, the games, the clues... all of it! I've always wanted to create dot-to-dots, mazes and coloring pages. I'd done a few for my kids but nothing like these. It was a total blast from start to finish!

I should add, each mat has a black and white coloring page on the reverse side. You can see those here.

I hope you enjoy!


Colin Hayes said...

These are awesome! Great layouts & colors. These jobs seem to be rare these days. Lately, it seems the budgets are small, but WITHOUT allowing total freedom. Sorry, that sounded pretty cynical...but it's a challenging time to be an illustrator. Great stuff, Chris!

Louisa said...

I love these and my boatload of kids would love them, too!

Lina-Paola said...

Chris, I admire the way you approach the jobs that are given to you! I especially like the way you dealt with the Pirate's Cove, I could see kids actually enjoying puzzles just like the old days. Keep up the good work!

ruzzel01 said...

Can't find them on regular stores. May i know where exactly i can find these?
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Mick said...

I like everything here, including these mats

-Chris said...

Thanks for the comments! You can find them at:

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