Chris Robitaille is the original illustrator of the prints we carry from Blue Rhino Ltd. The two maps you see here are new to our site and come direct from the artist. They are not carried or sold by Blue Rhino in Kenya.
Chris' vintage representation of the printed African destinations are often claimed to become a great display piece on one's wall in their home. They start an easy conversation with family and friends about the fun times you had, the things you saw, and the people you met in your journey inside the homeland of Africa.
Each of the maps begin with multiple pencil sketches working on the design, content and layout of the map artwork
The medium used to illustrate these maps is pen & ink; more than a half-dozen different pens are used for different map aspects. Afterward, multiple layers of watercolor washes are applied.
Every line, letter and icon is rendered entirely by hand on each new map drawn. The entire process typically takes 5-8 weeks depending on complexity and detail required.
The end result is an entirely custom, unique and original piece of art that has been fully vetted for educational merit, historical and geographic accuracy and cultural relevance.
August, 2023 - We have one Masai Mara Map left and two Zanzibar map prints. These maps were made by the same illustrator of our vintage maps of countries in East and Southern Africa, Chris Robitaille.