To see all my new GPS art runs as soon as I complete them follow me on Strava and Instagram. I also and create fun and interesting running videos on my Youtube channel - See You At The Finish Line.

I’m always looking for new ideas and new ways of sharing my art work so email me or find me on social media with your creative thoughts.

GPS Drawing may sound simple, you just find a picture on a map then run, cycle, drive or swim the route, but in reality it can be really hard. Check out the “Creating GPS Drawings” section below to find out more.

From inspiration to Strava GPX to final art piece.

From inspiration to Strava GPX to final art piece.

Sheng Xiao Series

This will be 12 images, one for each of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
Tige, Rabbit, Horse, Monkey, and Rooster are done. I have Goat and Snake planned. If you see a Dog, Pig, or Dragon anywhere let me know

Sheng Xiao 7 - Pig - For Chinese New Year 2019 ”Go Pig Or Go Home!”

Sheng Xiao 7 - Pig - For Chinese New Year 2019
”Go Pig Or Go Home!”

Sheng Xiao 6 - Snake 3rd Feb 2019 Actually Hiss from Disney’s Robin Hood.

Sheng Xiao 6 - Snake 3rd Feb 2019
Actually Hiss from Disney’s Robin Hood.

Sheng Xiao 1 - Tiger 6th October As with all my animal drawings, if you catch them in a movement it makes them look alive.

Sheng Xiao 1 - Tiger 6th October
As with all my animal drawings, if you catch them in a movement it makes them look alive.

Sheng Xiao 5 - Horse 19th January 2019

Sheng Xiao 5 - Horse 19th January 2019

Sheng Xiao 4 - Rooster 24th November 2018 When someone tells me to draw a dick pic I tell them I’ve already drawn a huge cock on Manchester.

Sheng Xiao 4 - Rooster 24th November 2018
When someone tells me to draw a dick pic I tell them I’ve already drawn a huge cock on Manchester.

Sheng Xiao 2 - Monkey 1st November 2018 This was tricky for me as it was my first “free hand” drawing. This is where you don’t follow roads or paths but run shapes on fields and in woods.

Sheng Xiao 2 - Monkey 1st November 2018
This was tricky for me as it was my first “free hand” drawing. This is where you don’t follow roads or paths but run shapes on fields and in woods.

Sheng Xiao 3 - Rabbit 7th November 2018 This Rabbit and Tiger (above) drawing are experiments using different maps and colours to produce more striking images.

Sheng Xiao 3 - Rabbit 7th November 2018
This Rabbit and Tiger (above) drawing are experiments using different maps and colours to produce more striking images.


Heart MCR Run - Part of the Manchester Arena Bombing commemorations. 22nd May 2018.

Heart MCR Run - Part of the Manchester Arena Bombing commemorations. 22nd May 2018.

Press and Media

Contact me by email nathan@nathanrae.co.uk

Any publication has permission to publish and share any image on this page with the following conditions: 1. The Image Credit (Image: Nathan Rae) is shown on or below any image published. 2. A link to this page is included on any social media post, or any article or blog, or in a video description,

I take commissions. If you have a product to sell, a message to send, an event to promote, or a person to celebrate get in touch!

An experiment in branding using the R.O.Eye office location and logo as duck/rabbit’s eye. Completely unofficial.

An experiment in branding using the R.O.Eye office location and logo as duck/rabbit’s eye. Completely unofficial.


Rhapsody Parts 1, 2, and 3 - Inspired by Queen and the Bohemian Rhapsody movie.

Rhapsody Part 1 - I Want To Ride My Bicycle
21st August 2018

Rhapsody Part 2 - I Want To Break Free
31st August 2018

Rhapsody Part 3 - Just Freddie
23th September 2018

Creating GPS Drawings

GPS Drawing can be very simple if using overly developed pareidolia you see a picture in a map and just run it.

But it can also be very difficult to find what you are looking for if it’s a specific image or shape or text. It can be tricky to plans routes avoiding rivers and railway lines, motorways, etc, and can take hours to run the route. While running I sometimes find roads that have new buildings on them, paths which are blocked, or towpaths inaccessible.

I plan my drawings using Open Street Map and the ViewRanger website and app. This allows me to adjust the route, add details, avoid motorways and canals and also plan supply and toilet stops if needed.

Though other artists cycle, drive, or even swim I run all my routes. I use a Garmin GPS watch (and my phone as backup) to record a track.

I share my drawings using the Strava app and Instagram then turn some of them into stand alone art pieces starting with Thunderforest maps, then changing colours to create striking images.


Christmas Images - December 2018.

015 - Christmas Snowman.jpg
016 - Christmas Reindeer.jpg
017 - Christmas Tree.jpg

Standalone GPS Drawings

Running in circles like this get’s you lots of weird looks.

Running in circles like this get’s you lots of weird looks.

Footballs Coming Home - An apostrophe joke made during the World Cup 2018.

Inspired by wrapping string around pegs on a board. GPS isn’t accurate enough though!

Inspired by wrapping string around pegs on a board. GPS isn’t accurate enough though!

This one is called “Build Your Own Boat” and was a very loose tie in to the Rhapsody pieces.

I Love Chorlton Runners. This was my first try at GPS art after I’d seen a Snowman in London.