Welcome to The Great Affair!
My name is Candace, and I'm a writer and sketch artist with a passion for connection. Have a look around, or say hello at [email protected] Thank you for stopping by!

I'm here to help you connect with the world through art:

Portfolio Portfolio

This is the home of my illustration portfolio, where you can see examples of my professional artwork.

Blog Blog

This is where I share weekly stories, sketches, and personal moments of connection with the world.

Resources Resources

Visit this page for in-depth info and links on how to get started as a traveler, travel writer, or sketch artist.

Latest stories from the blog

The Geography of Connection: A second call-out for your stories!

The Geography of Connection: A second call-out for your stories!

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

After our first map of connections, I’m excited to keep growing this project. Here’s to ideas that get our hearts racing and keep creating connections for us—sometimes, at the very moment we least expect it.

The Geography of Connection: Honoring your stories

The Geography of Connection: Honoring your stories

Posted on Nov 30, 2016

There’s a lot happening in the world that would lead us to believe how disconnected we are from each other—but if this map says anything, I believe it’s that connection is real, alive, and important to us all.

Book giveaway: The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology

Book giveaway: The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology

Posted on Nov 25, 2016

This week I’m thrilled to be giving away one copy of Lonely Planet’s newest collection, the Lonely Planet Travel Anthology, which features original travel stories from 34 writers…including yours truly!

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Paula Froelich

“I loved working with Candace – her illustrations are not only beautiful but descriptive. I needed something very specific and she delivered quickly and en pointe. The video that her work is used in is cited by many as the most artistic and creative of the A Broad Abroad Series.”

- Paula Froelich
Don George

“For the header of my new website, I wanted a sketch that would tell the tale of my life. Candace worked with me to figure out what had been the defining places, moments, of that story – and then captured them perfectly! She rendered the story of my life more beautifully, charmingly, and movingly than I could ever have imagined.”

- Don George
Kim Dinan

“I’ve hired Candace for a few jobs now. In both instances I only had a vague idea of what I was looking for. I told Candace my thoughts and she came back to me with sketches more beautiful and perfect than I’d even imagined. If you are looking for a unique and beautiful design or sketch, you will not be disappointed.”

- Kim Dinan