THE PUZZLED COLLECTION
In 2021 I had the amazing opportunity to work with PlayMonster on six board games! At the time, I had no previous board game designing experience. However, the team quickly made me feel comfortable with this medium. There's nothing quite like designing something that I am able to hold and play!
The Puzzled Collection is the most recent one I have designed, and got released on the market in Spring 2022.
These games share the same mechanics, with three distinctive themes: Farmyard Fun Run, Space Race and Doggy Dash! They have round boards, made of puzzle pieces. Each quarter of the board belongs to a different player, who, throughout the game, needs to move around the outer circle of the board, slowly building up their quarter! These boards are among my favourites, especially the space board. They were also the most challenging, due to the high level of detail included.
Below you can see the three boards, each character up close, as well as the movers and game tokens that I designed.
Flippity Frog was a lovely game to design. I've always had a soft spot for ponds, and this game gave me the opportunity to design my own! In Flippity Frog, you play as Momma Frog, and you need to hop your way across the pond to take your babies back home.
Below you can see the artwork that I created, including the board, tokens and box art! I am especially proud of the board and the box art. As a board game beginner, I had to learn a lot about the process of getting from artwork to final product, how they are linked, what can and cannot be done and all the little things that need to be kept in mind. After designing a total of 6 games for PlayMonster I feel much more confident with this area of illustration. I would love to work on more games, for children and adults alike!
Whose Nest is the second game that I designed for PlayMonster. This game features adorable chicks, hatching eggs and intruder crocs!
I had a lot of fun creating the amusing visuals of the box as well as the detailed board design. The board was not used in the end, however I am still very happy with how it turned out. I am most proud of the box design. I wanted to achieve a high quality render that keeps the style cartoony.
Off the rails
Out of this series of board games, Off The Rails had the biggest body of work. Off the Rails is a board game that contains puzzle pieces engraved with a central cut where its train can move along. Each track puzzle piece was designed with care, and they are all different. There are about 22 track pieces, in 4 different colours, including a Go and Rainbow piece. This game was a technical challenge. I made sure that, when put together, these tracks form a beautiful and comprehensive illustration. Beside the puzzle pieces, I designed the box art and a collection of stickers to be used for the toy train. Drawing a train was way harder than I thought, which made this cover the most time consuming.
I am very happy with the result, and I cannot wait for this game to also be available for purchase!