The gallery of drawings and watercolors

Drawings and Watercolors by Frits Ahlefeldt,

Collections of my watercolors and drawings from my hikes and my research:

See the three different art collections:

Color illustrations


Pencil and concept drawings

Traditional hemp clothing illustration

Rain Gear for Hiking

Hiking gear Research project and sketches about rain protection from traditional designs to future designs

Shaman looking man with wolf mask, illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt


Land spirits – collection of creatures of a more spiritual nature hikers sometimes share stories about

Concept sketch of different ways of using wheels when walking. for suitcase, backpack etc.

Hiking with wheels project

Ways of using wheels when hiking research project

Drawing of a hiker camping between to trees, watching the sunset

Hiking and the Common Good

Drawings and thoughts about how hiking and the Common Good might benefit us and each other in a digital future

Conceptsketch of solar powered tent concepts Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.

Solar power tents

Ideas, sketches and research into how solar power panels and batteries might be used in connection with tents

Sleeping pads with solar charger. concept sketch Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Solar power sleeping mat

Got an Idea for a sleeping mat with solar panel integrated – concept drawings and thoughts

Detail of nature man with a white stribe - artwork by Frits Ahlefeldt

Nature Hikers

A series of Watercolors inspired by the designs and expressions of native people. Watercolors by Frits Ahlefeldt

Group of hikers walking around Mountain - illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Communities and hiking

Drawing up thoughts and perspectives on communities and groups

Ink sketches people walking past

Ink sketches of people walking and sitting. Studying street life and walking

Hiker girl helping huge stranded sea turtle. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt,

Coastal hiking can help cold stunned sea turtles

Project about how coastal hiking, trails and hikers can help the rescue of cold stunned sea turtles

Old hiker taking a break

Drawing of a wind beaten hiker sitting down for a moment along the coast

Cartoon drawing of a man sitting in a car saying " horrible weather is coming... get a car" To a hiker outside. while the car creates the bad weather. illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Cars and horrible weather paradox

What can seem like the solution is sometimes the challenge…

Teaching kids outdoors

Teaching kids outdoors helps them understand, move and be more happy. Connecting to nature, instead of screens.

Idea for a hikers shlelter looking like a turtle. concept sketch Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Sea turtle concept shelter

Concept: a observation post and sleeping shelter along the coast for hikers working with monitoring biodiversity and sea turtles

Solar power umbrella types sketches. concept sketch Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

solar charging umbrella

Concept: could we design umbrella types that also work as solar chargers ?

Sketch of a waterbar trail drain Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.

The water bar concept sketch

Keeping water off trails is important to keep them healthy and walkable. Water bars are one of the designs

Floating biodiversity wind turbiine. off shore. Atoll version. Concept sketch watercolor and pencil. By Frits Ahlefeldt

Atoll wind turbine biodiversity concept

Idea sketch of an atoll sustainable wind power turbine, with a structure that can support biodiversity

Concept and sketch: Bow off shore wind turbine generating power for remote areas and supporting biodiversity Concept sketch watercolor and pencil. By Frits Ahlefeldt

Bow wind turbine biodiversity concept

Idea sketch of an bow shaped sustainable wind power turbine, with a structure that can support biodiversity

Concept for a wind generating island by hikers shelter in remote area Concept sketch watercolor and pencil. By Frits Ahlefeldt

Seal island wind turbine

Idea sketch of a vertical, floating sustainable wind power turbine, with a structure that can support biodiversity

Concept of a gadbury bridge. made of tree trunks. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.

Gadbury bridge design

Research: One of the classic ways of building hiking trail bridges is the Gadbury bridge, made of local wood

The bridge as place

In our understandings of landscapes bridges often stands out as something special

Illustration of solid wood bridge construction. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Wood bridge feel

Bridges can be made in many ways, from the most flimsy to the solid almost ever lasting bridge designs

Stream with three different crossings: Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.

Using design to support hiking experiences

When a hiking trail cross a stream the passage can be designed in several ways. All having a huge influence on both the hiking experience and on the place

Group of people crossing a river with different strategies and places. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Psychology and ways of crossing a stream

Hiking can teach us new things about our strategies, roles and preferences.

Examples of tree trunk steps and stairs. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.

Stairways design study

When trails starts to rise or fall, at a certain angle stairs are one way of making the trails continue when the terrain gets steeper

Sketch of a simple stairway made of wood trunks. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.

Timber used to make steps sketch

Research sketch – understanding a simple way to use tree trunks to make steps along trails

Illustration of a trail over wet area ( turnpike concept. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.

Turnpike design research drawing

When a hiking trail cross a stream the passage can be designed in several ways. All having a huge influence on both the hiking experience and on the place

Concept sketch of line of tree trunks over wet area. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.

The corduroy timber path concept

Simple timber structure over wet area. ( corduroy) Not recommended any more

Drawing of a beaver sitting by a flooded trail. Traildesign hiking Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

When biodiversity and trails face each other

Hikers like to be close to wildlife and walking through landscapes where nature is set free. But it can be a challenge to balance the needs of nature, of habitats and of hikers.

Hiker looking at trail damage by invasive species along trail ( japanese knotweed) Hiking Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Trails to help biodiversity

Hikers like to be close to wildlife and walking through landscapes where nature is set free. But it can be a challenge to balance the needs of nature, of habitats and of hikers.

Drawing of hikers and mountainbikes and all-wheel vehicles on the same trail. Traildesign hiking Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Five reasons dedicated hiking trails works best

Walkers most often loose, when trails can be used for anything but walking

Drawing of a group of people sitting on top of a roof of a flooded house. Watching a screen, maybe for news, information or entertainment, while waiting for the water to fall. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt.

Facing climate change from a roof

In modern life we live in at least two worlds, both the digital and the real that in some ways are colliding… Hiking can help us face the challenges

Drawing of a search chain of people beside a line of people following the leader or expert. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Search chain vs line

Two very different ways of moving through a landscape and strategies to gain new understandings

Drawing of a scientist fishing with a magnifying glass. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

The science angler

Heading out in the landscapes to catch facts and do research

Drawing of a hiker crossing the motivation gap from today to where she wants to be tomorrow. Psychology illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Motivation gap

Drawing up the gap between and factors influencing what we want to do, and if we actually make the jump and walk the talk

Drawing of people working with press and media. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Talking to the press

Drawing up how more and more hiking projects also becomes media projects – getting funding, making videos and sharing updates to get funding or attention

Drawing of a lone scientist on a small island, beeing dragged by a ship towards land. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Scientist island

Drawing of a scientist alone on his island being towed to a better place to re-connect with others

Drawing of a city with citizen science written over several buildings and people talking. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Cityzen Science

Can we design places along the trails that are more open and better support innovation, debate and science

Drawing of hiker documenting deforestation and sending data to people who organize new forest planting. Biodiversity drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

hikers helping reforestation

Hikers can help document deforestation and planting new trees and forests

Drawing of a tractor and factories making a mouth of black smoke, farmer thinking "what can I do?" Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Helping farmers help the environment

Hikers can help support and document ways and knowledge of how farmers can help the environment

Drawing of a girl and a dead bird. first she is feeling sad, second she is sharing on social media, third image she is engaged in collecting, sharing and saving the species. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

From sad smiley to engagement

Using new technology hikers can move from not only being concerned about the environment to actually help innovate new solutions and knowledge of how our planet is doing

Drawing of planet Earth with people working in groups around it to innovate, collect and share understandings. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Building global networks of knowledge

We live in a special time where it is possible, using technology, to build new collective landscapes of understanding

Drawing of a hiker with a phone, collecting data about whales along the coast. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Whale watching while hiking

Hikers walking coast trails can sometimes not only see whales but also help science, by documenting where they see them

Drawing of a car with a net attached to catch and research insects. Citizen Science illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Citizen science insect projects

Cars driving around with huge nets on their roofs help document and collect new knowledge about local insects

Drawing of people taking test along the shore and in sea. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Walkers and volunteers collecting water samples

Walking along the coastline can be combined with collecting important data and samples and sharing it with scientists

Drawing of a scientist thinking in data, a citizen thinking empathy to a flooded person and planet Earth thinking a heart. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Science, citizen and planet mindset

New knowledge focus on how there are huge differences between how scientists, engaged citizens and maybe even the planet thinks

Drawing of a landscape with people and nature with all details having projects attached to them. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Connecting to Citizen Science projects

The amount of citizen science projects that hikers and walkers can connect to and help in are growing

Drawing of group of people with scientists sitting together innovating in "science jam session", hiker included. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Science jam session

Science is often seen as a top down lecture activity, but hiking together and debating, seeing and meeting different point of views around a campfire is a better way to innovate

Drawing of a scientist as a music conductor. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Scientist as conductor drawing

Drawing of a classic way to see science, as the knowing expert with the overview and plan, creating knowledge and understanding is maybe a bit like the conductor creates music experiences together with musicians

Working with groups vs individuals

Some projects and trails are created by volunteers working together, others are placed in the hands of organisations where members work together

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