The real work started when the ride finished. I had to look at the GPS recording from several angles to see if the outline looked remotely like anything else. For some routes, this was very straightforward, although other routes required a more flexible interpretation.
Once I had a subject in mind, I then had to edit the route using the S Pen for my Note 9 phone. Ordinarily, my drawing abilities are a bit shit tbh, but I kinda excelled at editing the GPS routes on my phone. It did help that any mistakes could easily be undone, whereas if I was using pencil and paper, I probably would have given up after going through a small forest in waste paper.
Not only was I being creative, I was saving the environment in the process.
However, in some cases, the time saved from planning a real Strava art project was consumed in the editing process. I could probably ride 50 km quicker than it took me to create the fake Strava art associated with it 🤔
As you can see from the examples in the gallery above, some final edits used quite a bit of artistic licence, but it’s just a bit of fun so meh 😉
As the novelty started to wear off, I then made the decision to have a go at some real Strava art…which is the topic of the next portfolio entry.