Skiing is almost as old as man living in the cold. The earliest examples of skis were found in Russia and are believed to be from 6000 BCE. There’s even evidence of skiing in China over 5000 years ago. Of course our modern skiing is an evolution of the utilitarian practice coming out of Scandinavia. The word ski is actually a Norse word which essentially means “stick of wood”
This ski shack maze is my interpretation of a mountain retreat. I can almost imagine this shack tucked away in the alps and providing comfort for weary skiers for generations. I hope everyone who enjoys this maze can envision their own family curled up around the fire enjoying each other’s company.
Below is the original sketch of the maze. I had envisioned this as a vintage post card to continue the theme of the Ireland and London mazes. You’ll also notice that I had planned on including gondolas and planned on using the same design from the ski gondola maze.
As I laid out the final plans, I realized that the gondolas wouldn’t work in the composition. I played around with a variety of words for the postcard design but nothing really made sense. Eventually I abandoned the vintage postcard idea but it left me with a large gap in the lower right corner. The fence made for a nice break in the perspective and with the new addition I figured I would add in the classic sled to continue with the vintage feel.
Below is the final pencil sketch before I began adding in the maze with marker. All of my mazes start as pencil sketches and then I lay out the maze organically with fine tip colored markers.
Below is finished maze before adding color. If you would prefer to print the maze without color you can either click on the image below or click here. I have recently begun adding the color digitally versus using colored pencil. You can see this difference in the style if you go back to the previous ski shack maze. I feel that the digital coloring gives the mazes a more professional look and they almost appear to be water colored. I plan on self publishing a book in the next year or two and I feel that the digital coloring will translate better to a commercial printing technique.
Below is a time-lapse video of the maze being completed. I scanned in the process periodically and you can see the maze slowly going from a pencil sketch to a finished maze. Once the outline is completed with marker you can see the color being added digitally. As you can see these mazes develop organically. I decide on a start and end point and beyond that I have no idea how it will end up until they’re completed.
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