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Beautiful hand painted ski trail maps

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 06, 2015

If you’ve ever noticed most ski trail maps look kinda the same, the reason is many of them have been painted by a single individual: James Niehues.

Each view is hand painted by brush and airbrush using opaque watercolor to capture the detail and variations of nature’s beauty. In many instances, distortions are necessary to bring everything into a single view. The trick is to do this without the viewer realizing that anything has been altered from the actual perspective.

Here’s a selection of his work:

James Niehues

James Niehues

James Niehues

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