If you’re here via the New York Times…
It’s been almost two months now since I first got the email, asking if I’d like to chat about my sketches for a story on travel blogging. Not surprisingly, my answer went something like this:
Okay, so maybe my actual response was a little more subdued (and involved less punctuation), but the fact is that I was not only ridiculously excited to head to New York for the interview, but also immensely honored.
I’ve had a sort of love-hate relationship with travel blogging over the last few years, but after all the debates about sponsored posts and press trips die down, the truth is that I really do enjoy blogging – especially for the sense of immediacy it creates when sharing stories from the road – and today, I’m rather quite proud to call myself a travel blogger.
A little about me and my sketches:
I didn’t set out to be a sketch artist – rather, it was one of those things that unfolded naturally as I kept doing it and began sharing more and more of my sketches with the world.
While I love sketching for the straight-up creative outlet that it is, what I love just as much is how it has become my way of unlocking the stories I want to tell – stories of the connections and encounters that stay with us for long after the literal end of a journey.
Writing and sketching now go hand in hand for me – and nothing makes me happier than sharing the stories of my sketching serendipities here on the blog and elsewhere.
My first book of travel sketches:
This past spring, I spent six weeks sketching my way through seven countries in Southeast Asia and Japan. After returning to the U.S., I compiled 20 sketches and accompanying stories into my first book, Beneath the Lantern’s Glow.
The book is now officially for sale on Amazon, and if you’re at all interested in travel, art, and Asia (or ideally, all of the above), I’d be honored if you checked it out.
Join me on my next sketching trip!
Although more details are soon to come, I’m excited to reveal the premise of my next journey today – Sketching Eastern Europe and the Middle East: Ten weeks. Nine countries. One sketching adventure from Prague to Petra.
The trip will kick off in the first week of September, and have me working my way overland from Prague to Petra via Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel (well, all overland except for a short but necessary flight to bypass Syria…).
I’d love for you to join me on this trip – for daily updates from the road, “like” The Great Affair’s Facebook page, and to always know when a new sketch story is up on the blog, be sure to subscribe here.
Otherwise, thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing you here again! And if you’d like to get in touch with me directly, my email is candacerardon[at]gmail[dot]com.
Photo of the New York Times Building used courtesy of Wikipedia.