Jeremy Collins has long been one of my favorite artists in the outdoor world. In fact, Mrs. Narc and I have a print of his hanging over our fireplace, and it’s one of my favorite things we own.
Collins’ latest project is DRAWN, a Kickstarter-backed project to release a book and a film about four trips he went on:
Over the course of four years, with my wife’s blessing, I set out on all four of the journeys; from the jungles of Venezuela, to the China-Mongolian Border, to the northern reaches of Canada, and closer to home in Yosemite Valley.
Each journey had a deep personal story for me, from the death of a friend, to the celebration of life, the love of my children, and the struggle of a tribe. I made many new friends, and their story became mine. I painted a schoolhouse in Yunek Village with the children and installed solar power for their emergency radio. I built a staircase in the Yukon to pay for a helicopter ride. I said farewell to a friend by releasing his ashes on each summit.
Along the way I filled five sketchbooks with art drawn from the experience. These journals are what inspire the story. These journals are what comprise the book.
The project just reached its funding goal over the weekend, but it’s not too late for you to get in on the project over at its Kickstarter page.