Welcome to Moment Catchers, the global community of The Great Affair
We are a community passionate about slowing down, sketching from life, and seeing the world around us more deeply. As though it were a dreamcatcher, our sketchbooks help us catch more of life’s little moments, whether we’re at home or on the road. We’re glad you’re here.
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My name is Candace, and it’s an honor for me to welcome you to the Moment Catchers Project. Although I’m a professional sketch artist and illustrator by trade, last year I didn’t get my sketchbook out nearly as often as I wanted to.
At the start of 2017, I was determined to change that and begin sketching on-location more regularly throughout the year. But here’s the thing:
I didn’t want to do it alone.
And so the idea for a community-wide sketching challenge for 2017 was born…
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Our monthly sketching challenge
In 2017, we’re coming together once a month to put our passion for sketching into practice. We sketch on our own wherever we happen to be in the world, and then connect through social media to share our sketches with one another.
Anytime on the first weekend of each month.
Anywhere you like, especially if it’s in your hometown. One of the greatest gifts of travel sketching is that it helps us be more present and alive in our lives — even (and especially) when we’re not traveling.
Now this is the fun part — be sure to share your sketch online afterwards (especially on Instagram and Facebook), and tag your photos with the hashtag #momentcatchers. I’ll then collect the sketches and post a roundup of them all here on the blog, every Monday morning after our monthly sketching session.
Here’s a look at just a few of the beautiful sketches from this year’s Moment Catchers challenges:
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Who — and where — we are
What’s special about our Moment Catchers community is that we are truly global.
So far, we’ve had over 30 sketch artists take part in this year’s challenges, and from 14 countries on 5 continents. Thanks to the power of the internet and social media, we’re able to connect every month, see different corners of the world through each other’s eyes, and find encouragement from one another. One artist in our community — Jean from the Philippines — said it best:
“I wasn’t able to do outdoor sketching as often as I wanted to last year, partly because I was a bit apprehensive to get my art materials out and sketch alone in public. Joining the challenge felt great because somehow I didn’t feel alone even when my ‘sketching buddies’ were miles away and time zones apart.”
I’m still in awe that our community spans from a sailboat in New Zealand to the slopes of Mont Olympia in Quebec:
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2017 monthly sketching challenges — dates & roundups
January — Challenge roundup
February — Challenge roundup
March — March 4-5, 2017
April — April 1-2, 2017
May — May 6-7, 2017
June — June 3-4, 2017
July — July 1-2, 2017
August — August 5-6, 2017
September — September 2-3, 2017
October — October 7-8, 2017
November — November 4-5, 2017
December — December 2-3, 2017
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I hope you’ll join us for our next challenge!
Have any questions? Feel free to email me at [email protected] And if you’re new to sketching but would like to get started, you might be interested in downloading my free ebook, Travel Sketching 101.
Happy sketching, everyone!