Welcome to Moment Sketchers

Hello! My name is Candace, and I’m a sketch artist with a passion for helping you connect with the world through art. Pull out your sketchbook and watercolors and find your favorite view — I’m glad you’re here!

Welcome to Moment Sketchers! We’re a global community of artists:

Moment Sketchers community

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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Candace Rose Rardon sketches

Hello!

My name is Candace, and it’s an honor for me to welcome you to the Moment Sketchers 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.

When:

Anytime on the first weekend of each month.

Where:

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.

Wrap-up:

Now this is the fun part — be sure to share your sketch on Instagram afterwards, and tag your photos with the community hashtag #momentsketchers (and feel free to tag me as well, @candacerardon, so I’m sure to see your sketches). 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 Sketchers challenges:

Moment Catchers sketching challenge

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Who — and where — we are

What’s special about our Moment Sketchers community is that we are truly global.

So far, we’ve had 165 sketch artists take part in this year’s challenges, in more than 40 countries on 5 continents (I’m especially proud we represent 20 nationalities and counting). 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 — Challenge roundup

April — Challenge roundup

May — Challenge roundup

June — Challenge roundup

July — Challenge roundup

August — Challenge roundup

September — Challenge roundup

October — Challenge roundup

November — Challenge roundup

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!