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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!
Sketching Supplies 101: 7 essential tools for sketch artists

Sketching Supplies 101: 7 essential tools for sketch artists

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 | 28 Comments

By sharing what sketching supplies I carry with me, I hope you’ll feel more confident in what you’re looking for, and continue figuring out what mediums best help you bring your singular vision of the world to life.

The Atlas of Connection: Sneak peek at our sample chapter

The Atlas of Connection: Sneak peek at our sample chapter

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 | 40 Comments

As the world wants to build walls and close itself off, The Atlas of Connection is proof that bridges still exist all around us, if our hearts and minds are open to them. I hope you enjoy this first glimpse into the book!

Moment Catchers Project: Sharing our sketches — February 2017

Moment Catchers Project: Sharing our sketches — February 2017

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 | 33 Comments

Our second Moment Catchers challenge is officially a wrap! While I so hope I’ll have the chance to meet all of you in person one day, for now, it’s wonderful getting to know you more through your sketchbooks.

Evolution of a sketch artist: Six years in 60 sketches

Evolution of a sketch artist: Six years in 60 sketches

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 | 41 Comments

So often in life, change or growth happens intangibly; as artists, I love that we’re blessed to have such a visual record of our evolution. Here’s a look at my own journey over the past six years of growing as a sketch artist.

Travel Sketching 101: Free ebook launch — and giveaway!

Travel Sketching 101: Free ebook launch — and giveaway!

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 | 204 Comments

Last summer, I finally pulled together everything I’ve come to know and love about sketching and put it in one place: a 50-page ebook called Travel Sketching 101. Here’s how to receive your free copy of the book today!

Three simple ways to keep an art journal in 2017

Three simple ways to keep an art journal in 2017

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 | 24 Comments

While a sketch often takes me a couple of hours, an art journal entry can take less than five minutes — and the rewards are just as great. I love catching more of life’s little moments, instead of letting them slip by me.

Moment Catchers Project: Sharing our sketches — January 2017

Moment Catchers Project: Sharing our sketches — January 2017

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 | 23 Comments

I was amazed by how many of you joined our first challenge, and from so many different corners of the world—from Mexico to the Netherlands to New Zealand, and from five different continents in total.

The Moment Catchers Project: Join our 2017 sketching challenge!

The Moment Catchers Project: Join our 2017 sketching challenge!

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 | 50 Comments

When I’m sketching, I listen more; I see more; and I remember more from each moment. As though it were a dreamcatcher, I love how my sketchbook helps me catch more moments from my life.

The Atlas of Connection: Project update

The Atlas of Connection: Project update

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 | 12 Comments

The unexpected genesis of the Atlas of Connection project has been one of the greatest blessings of 2016 for me. I’m excited to update you on how the project is going, and how it’ll be moving forward in the new year.

Sketching Nepal: At home in the jungle

Sketching Nepal: At home in the jungle

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 | 4 Comments

A love for simplicity is one of the greatest gifts my time in Asia gave me—or as Rilke wisely once said, a love for “the small things…great and immeasurable.” This short story from Nepal is in praise of such simplicity.