Did you manage to catch NBS news on March 15? If so you were fortunate enough to catch a feel good special report on renowned map artist, James Niehues – I’m a HUGE fan of geography as art (and photography) so I was glued to the show. If you ski then chances are pretty goo that you’ve likely checked a trail map that was painted by James. According to his website, most of Niehues’ are US resorts but clients from Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand have also secured his services. Much of his well known work is that of panoramic scenes of ski resorts and recreational properties, each view being first captured by camera and then carefully painted by hand. The result is an impressive scape that any outdoor fanatic would love to have hanging on his wall!
Some details about the process according to the artists website… Once the project is initiated, reference material, topo maps and aerial photography are gathered to compose the view. A comprehensive sketch is produced of the perspective for the client’s review and approval before rendering the final color. When the final color is approved the illustration is sent to the photo lab for an 8×10 inch transparency. Jim then personally scans the image and makes extensive color corrections using Photoshop, usually delivering 300 meg scans to the client, completing a blend of artistry and technology. Source: http://www.jamesniehues.com/
Below is a video from CNN