Evan Turk’s You Are Home

h1 May 29th, 2019 by jules

“to the wildflowers painting the warming hillsides;
to the pronghorn chewing the grass of her first spring: you are home.
[Great Sand Dunes]”

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Over at BookPage, I’ve a review of Evan Turk’s You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks (Atheneum, June 2019).

That is here, and today here at 7-Imp, Evan shares some early process images, as well as some final spreads from the book. This book, he tells me, didn’t have as much in the way of traditional sketches, as he painted the final art either on location without very much preliminary sketching or, inspired by the drawings he did while visiting parks, he painted the final art when back home. That said, I thank Evan for sending some behind-the-scenes images.


Some Early Sketches, Photos, Etc.:



— From sketchbooks
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Sketching and painting bison
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Sketch for “first footprints” spread
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Research photos
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Some Final Spreads:


“to the resilient bison in the streaming oases of an endless winter: you are home.

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“to the constellations of blinking fireflies in the warm summer nights: you are home.
[Great Smoky Mountains]”

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“to the child whose family has just left its first footprints on new shores …
[Big Bend]”

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YOU ARE HOME: AN ODE TO THE NATIONAL PARKS. Copyright © 2019 by Evan Turk. Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York. All images here reproduced by permission of the publisher and Evan Turk.

One comment to “Evan Turk’s You Are Home

  1. My goodness! Evan Turk’s paintings are stunningly beautiful. Thank you!

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