The art of giraffe spotting

Reblog of post from Sketchbook of a GPS Artist. This is great. I love the mix of Cycling, artistry and Strava technology.

Sketchbook of a GPS Artist

Potential Strava art pictures "pop" from the map when you highlight main thoroughfares and long connecting streets garmin gps art cycling cyclist bicycle Potential Strava art pictures “pop” from the map when you highlight main thoroughfares and long connecting streets. In images 2 and 3, the general shape for Stephen Lund’s Strava giraffe clearly emerge.

Yesterday’s giraffe was a topic of much discussion over pre-ride coffee with my cycling club this morning.

One fella said, “What – you just decided you wanted to draw a giraffe and then you sat down with a map and figured out the route?”

In some cases, that’s my approach: conceive the idea and then manufacture the route. But in the giraffe’s case, it was a matter more of discovery than creation.

In an earlier post about my Strava art process, I showed you the Photoshop map I use to plan my pictures (1). A few weeks ago I created a new layer with all of the city’s main roads highlighted (2)…and potential pictures started popping off the page!

The sequence…

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