Description I had flown over Breckenridge several times during other projects and, speculating Breck may be interested someday, took aerials. Many years later Breck came out with the Satellite imagery map which they use today. Surprised at the fact that they still did not get in E lift terrain in the single view I decided to sketch it out to illustrate how it could be included. Note that all the runs are wider, longer and just more skier friendly in this sketch than in the satellite image they use today. The perspective is a cross between manipulated satellite and traditional, showcasing the best of each. Since 2008 they have added the Zendo and Kensho lifts to Peak 6, which is not on this sketch.
James Niehues, Parker Member Since October 2010 Artist Statement I started painting ski trail maps in 1988 and since then over 200 resorts use or have used my illustrations for their base art. Clients are from Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Scotland, the Caribbean, China, and Serbia as well as the United States.
I also paint aerial panoramas of summer resorts and regional views. Hiking trail maps of National Parks also have been rendered.
The process involves flying the area for aerial photographs and working from topo maps to fill in the detailed surface features. My goal is always to portray the area accurately, clearly and beautifully. The result is an image that instantly conveys the recreational potential and invites the viewer to explore.
I will produce a full sized (usually 20 x 30") comprehensive sketch which is reviewed then rendered in final color. I use gouache watercolor on prepared illustration board. The sky and snow is airbrushed, then the trees and other featured are hand painted by brush. My pallet is bright colors and/or contrasty values, maintaining a realistic look.
I also paint in oils for commissions and pleasure, the subjects are landscapes, of course!