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!

Hi friends! Last summer, I finally made the time for something I’d been wanting to do for ages — I pulled together everything I’ve come to know and love about sketching and put it in one place:

A free, 50-page ebook called Travel Sketching 101.

Before putting the ebook together, I’d written about my love of travel sketching in many places around the web. I published a sketching manifesto on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel site; I wrote another post about finding connections through sketching for G Adventures; and once, I even got to chat with the New York Times about being a sketch artist and niche travel blogger — but never before had I brought it all together in a way that could be easily read and shared.

Finally, I finished Travel Sketching 101 last August, just a few days before the 2016 Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. I loved getting to lead a session on travel sketching at the conference, and I even used the ebook as my slides for the workshop. But again, there was one very important thing I neglected to do:

I never properly launched Travel Sketching 101 — today, it’s time to change that.

Travel Sketching 101 ebook

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Before I share how you can download the ebook, I want to give you an exclusive sneak peek inside. It’s chock-full of tips, sketches, and some of my favorite quotes about sketching, but most importantly, there are three key parts to help you get started:

Part One: Sketching Process

I walk you step by step through my own sketching process — each step illustrated with photos from a sketching session on the coast of Spain — in the hopes of helping you find the mediums and methods that work best for you.

Travel Sketching 101 ebook

Travel Sketching 101 ebook

Part Two: Sketching Supply List

Secondly, I open up my supply bag and share all the supplies I carry with me to a sketching session, as well as my favorite brands for each supply — from Factis soft vinyl erasers to Winsor & Newton watercolors.

Travel Sketching 101 ebook

Travel Sketching 101 ebook

Part Three: Rewards of Sketching

Lastly, I go through the three gifts that I feel make sketching a rewarding daily practice, no matter where we are in the world.

Because for me, sketching is about so much more than just art — it’s a way of being fully present in our lives.

Travel Sketching 101 ebook

Travel Sketching 101 ebook

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How to receive your free copy of Travel Sketching 101 — and enter the giveaway!

I’m a firm believer that launches should be accompanied by giveaways, so to celebrate today’s launch of Travel Sketching 101, I’m excited to be giving away a travel sketching “starter kit” to one winner at random. It includes all of the sketching supplies I love and use myself, and has a retail value of $30:

  1. Derwent sketching pencil (hardness HB)
  2. Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (nib size XS)
  3. Faber-Castell soft vinyl eraser
  4. Winsor & Newton Cotman compact watercolor set
  5. Canson Montval watercolor sketchbook (5.5″ x 8.5″)

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is:

1. Sign up for my newsletter here, and you’ll receive your free PDF of Travel Sketching 101.

2. Leave a comment below letting me know you signed up, before noon EST this Friday, the 27th of January.

3. If you’re already signed up for the newsletter, just leave a comment saying hello 🙂

And because those of you already on the mailing list won’t have received the ebook when you signed up, I’ll be sending a separate email to all existing subscribers tomorrow morning, where you’ll be able to download your copy of Travel Sketching 101.

I so hope you all enjoy Travel Sketching 101 — it’s thrilling to finally share it with you!

Travel Sketching 101 ebook

  • jillbrowne

    A great reminder to go back and re-examine your lovely, helpful ebook.

    • I’m so glad to hear the book was helpful for you, Jill! And I really look forward to seeing your sketches from Calgary in our next Moment Catchers challenge 🙂

  • Cheryl Kesling

    Thank you Candace for offering your Travel Sketching 101 email book.

    • It’s my pleasure, Cheryl! And thank you for downloading it 🙂

      • Cheryl Kesling

        Hi Candace,
        Would you please send the link again. I already received your newletters so I couldn’t download your link. You can send to [email protected] or [email protected]
        Thanks so much, Sherry

        • Absolutely! I just emailed the PDF to you, Sherry, so I hope you receive it okay 🙂

        • Cheryl Kesling

          Received! Thanks so much! I’m trying to get my creative juices working and this looks like a fun way of getting the fluid flow running again.

  • Corinne Vail

    Hello! Candace…Because of you, I keep trying to convince my talented husband to sketch. He maintains it’s a time issue. It’s true, we have little, but I’m willing to give him more if he would sketch! Love this.

    • I love that, Corinne! And I so understand about the difficulty of finding time to sketch–while a more complete sketch can take me at least an hour or two to create, lately I’ve been setting myself a different challenge: setting my phone’s timer to just 15 minutes and creating quicker sketches with Tombow brush pen markers. It’s been a great way to get me sketching more often during the week, while not taking up as much time as I normally spend on a sketching session 🙂 I hope that little idea might help get your husband sketching more, too!

  • judy blankenship

    I thought I had the book but can’t find it on my laptop. Looking forward to receiving it again – and maybe I’ll win the starter kit too!

  • Sue Webster

    Thanks. Candace for the travel sketching ebook.

  • Sadie Miller

    So enjoy reading of your adventures and seeing those places though your sketches. It gives me the push to try and sketch my adventures. Thank you.

    • I’m so happy to hear that, Sadie! Sketching has truly transformed how I absorb and experience new places, so I really hope you’ll have the chance to try it out soon, too 🙂

  • Thank you Candace, looking forward to reading it!

  • Debbie Shaw

    Thank you Candace! So enjoy your work! It always brightens my day!

  • Debbie Collins Adams

    Hello, Candace 🙂 I love your sketches and following your stories 🙂 Knew your mama and family at Westminster but you were pretty young and probably don’t remember us. A joy to follow you!

    • Hi Debbie! I definitely do remember you–you’re Kyle’s mom, right? 🙂 It’s great to hear from you here, and I’m so happy to hear you enjoy the stories and sketches I share. Thank you for saying hello!

  • Robert Brubaker

    Hello Candace. I signed up for the newsletter a month or so ago, but didn’t receive the PDF. I signed up again yesterday, but haven’t received it. I checked my spam folder and it’s not there. Would you please send it again?

    • Hi Robert! I’m so sorry to hear you hadn’t received the PDF yet, but I just emailed the PDF directly to you–please let me know if you still don’t see my email 🙂

  • Rhonda Wiley-Jones

    Thank you, Candace, for your lovely work that you share with us. I’ll personally be using your pdf book on my next trip to Mexico soon. I’ll be sharing with my “Travel Touchstones: Transformative Travel through Creative Journal Writing” workshop partcipants and my blog followers, so they too can get your book.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Rhonda! And thank you even more for sharing Travel Sketching 101 with the participants in your upcoming workshop in Mexico–I only wish I could join you all there myself 🙂 Have a wonderful and inspiring time!

  • Linda Binder

    Hello Candace! Congratulations on all you’ve been accomplishing, including your new book. I enjoy following your travels, seeing your beautiful sketches,, and reading about the beauty of small, yet meaningful moments and interactions. All the best! Linda

    • Thank you so much for your kind words here, Linda! And I love how you described those “small yet meaningful moments”–they always mean the most to me, so I’m thrilled to hear they resonate with you, too 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  • Paula Ferro Thompson

    Good morning Candace. I found your blog in just the perfect time since I will have some extended travel time this spring! I look forward to your e-book and cross my fingers and toes to win your giveaway😊🎨

    • That’s so exciting to hear, Paula! Where will your travels take you this spring? I so hope you’ll have the chance to capture your journey through sketches, and I hope even more that you’ll share some of your sketches with us 🙂

  • Natalia

    Thank you for this, I can’t wait to put these guidelines into practice :).

    • You’re so welcome, Natalia! I’m thrilled to hear these tips and suggestions resonated with you 🙂

  • Natalie

    Signed up! I’m so excited to get back into sketching. When I went to Costa Rica a few years ago, my camera broke on the second day, and though I was bummed at first, it turned out to be a blessing. I sketched everything I could instead, and some of those drawings are my favorites to this day. I still love taking photos, but I seem to remember more about the moments and places in which I was sketching. I was more aware of little details, plus scents and other senses that can inform your sketches sometimes without you even realizing it. 🙂

    • It’s so great to hear from you here, Natalie! And thank you so much for sharing about your experience in Costa Rica a few years ago–while I’m sorry to hear your camera broke so soon into your journey, I love that it led you to capture more of your experiences through sketching. And I’m not sure I could sum up the rewards of sketching any more perfectly than you just did–that greater sense of awareness and the sensory details you catch through sketching are truly some of my favorite things about it 🙂 I’d love to see your Costa Rica sketches sometime!

  • Carol Campbell Lloyd

    Candace, I would LOVE a copy of your ebook, and I love following your journey. You are such an inspiration and a wonderful soul. Miss you!

    • Kia, it’s so lovely to hear from you here! I think of you and your wonderful family so often, and hope you’re doing great 🙂 Please give everyone a big hug from me the next time you’re all together! xoxo

  • Kristina Beck

    Hi Candace- I have your e-book and LOVE IT!! thanks for making it so inspiring, beautiful and accessible.

    • That’s so wonderful to hear, Kristina! I’m thrilled you love the ebook 🙂

  • Ann Cumbie

    I have already signed up and anxiously await your ebook. This is very generous of you and we (I am sure) all appreciate your willingness to share. Telling my friends about you.

    • Thank you, Ann! And it’s a true joy for me to share this ebook with you all–I can’t wait to hear what you think of it 🙂

  • Andrew Wray

    Good morning Candace… How I would love to get a copy of your Sketching 101. I really need the help with my sketching and will admit to trying to sign up for your newsletter several times in the hopes of getting a copy. It is wonderful of you to make such a generous offer by doing this giveaway and I wish the winner many happy hours sketching.

    • Hello, Andrew! It’s wonderful as always to hear from you. Please let me know if you receive your copy of Travel Sketching 101 today, and if not, I would love to send it to you personally 🙂 Thank you for your support and kind words!

  • karenwalker

    Hi, I’m already a subscriber, and looking forward to reading the e-book! Thanks so much.

    • You’re so welcome, Karen! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the ebook 🙂

  • Jsph Strbck

    This is great! You said that sketching influences how you interact and connect with cultures, and I agree! I definitely look forward to seeing your E-Book.

    • I love that sketching helps you connect with other cultures as well, Joseph–for me, it’s truly one of the greatest rewards and gifts of getting our sketchbook out on a journey 🙂 Hope you enjoy the ebook!

  • Cathy Carmack

    Very excited to see! I have so many travel photos I want to use as inspiration for new sketches.

    • That’s so great to hear, Cathy! While I love any chance to sketch on-location in a new place, I also really enjoy going back and sketching from photos after a journey is complete–for me, it’s a perfect way to keep re-living some of my favorite moments from a place, and even learn more about the scene as I study the photo and bring it to life in my sketchbook. I’d so love to see your sketches sometime!

  • Joyce Waddy Durkin

    I’m already a subscriber – the e-book sounds like a wonderful treat. Thank you so much!

  • Rafa Chapa

    Hi Candace! Just signed up… Many thanks for sharing your wonderful sketches!!

    • Thanks so much for joining our community, Rafa! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the ebook 🙂

  • Lisa DiSalvo

    Thank you.😊 I’m a huge Instagram fan. Love your work..amazing!
    Lisa DiSalvo
    Le Sorelle DiSalvo

    • Thank you so much, Lisa! And I think I just found you on Instagram, too 🙂 I’m excited to connect with you there!

  • Angela Hennessy

    This is exactly what I’m looking for, I find it hard drawing out and about, a fear I need to overcome this year.

    • I’m so glad to hear that, Angela! And may I ask what it is about sketching on-location that makes you hesitate? I’m currently working on a post about just that, with suggestions for sketching more in public, so I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂 (and if you’d prefer to share any thoughts in an email, please feel free to write me at [email protected]). Thank you again for saying hello!

      • Angela Hennessy

        The fear of someone watching, peering over your shoulder, commenting. Irrational, as I’m sure most people would be nice, positive. I’m fine al fresco when noone is around, but would feel self conscious somewhere busy. I just need to go and do and get over that fear 🙂

        • Those aren’t irrational concerns at all, Angela 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing that, and I’ll be sure to include suggestions in the post for handling encounters while we’re sketching in public. Hope you have a great rest of your week!

  • I just signed up for the newsletter. Looking forward to the ebook! And I love your map project so so much.

    • Thank you so much! And it’s wonderful to hear you’re enjoying the Atlas of Connection project–I’m excited to share a few more finished maps of connections from Asia with you soon 🙂

  • Hello Candace, it has been a while, right?! I hope you are doing well and keep catching the magic around you… 🙂
    Believe it or not, after some creative explorations with Origami and papercut I decided to start with watercolour this year! To me you have been a watercolour artist before it became sort of “trendy”… 🙂 I already googled a supply list on your blog the other day and already get a few ideas from there. Now everything will be neatly wrapped into a wee ebook, looking forward to it!
    Oh and another thing: Not sure if you already heard about the site, if not so I recommend you may take a look at “Skillshare”. It’s a fantastic platform around all things creative and it’s seriously contagious! And to be honest, you may even consider adding a class or two yourself there and share not only your knowledge but also the passion! If you ever decide to do so, please let me know… 🙂
    Kindest regards and a most happy and magic year!!

    • Oliver! I can’t even tell you how delighted I am to hear from you again…hello, my old friend! 🙂 How the heck are you?? And where are you? I loved hearing about your “creative explorations” with origami–I used to love it when I was growing up, and my aunt would send me beautifully gilded origami paper from Japan–and I’m even more thrilled to hear you’ve started using watercolors this year. How’s it been going for you? I’m also just about to update my sketching supplies list post, but all the new supplies I’m excited to share about are in the ebook as well 🙂 Thank you so much as well for mentioning Skillshare–I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I’ve been wanting to create a class on sketching with them since…oh, just about early 2014 when I was living in the yurt 🙂 And that still hasn’t happened! This is definitely the year I create my first sketching class–we’ll just have to see when and on what platform that happens! Thank you again for saying hello here, and please know I’m wishing you just as much magic and joy in 2017!

      • Believe me Candace, the feeling is mutual! It’s great having finally reconnected after such a long time… Thank you for your lovely wishes!
        Putting the past say two years in as few words as possible would be something along the lines of: one year travelling South America and one year housesitting and petsitting in Europe. Right now we are back to the UK looking after a lovely cottage in a wee costal town in the north of England and the idea was to settle again somewhere here for a little while. Despite the somehwat tricky Brexit situation. But don’t get me even started on world politics… ^^
        How did your South America travels went? I believe you have been to quuite a few places in the meantime as well. Or are you still in Latin America??
        Amazing that you do have Skillshare on the radar such a long time already. I just discovered it recently and I’m still bursting with enthusiasm. What a revelation! Exciting news that you finally have some sort of virtual workshop in the making as well. Or at least intending to pursue this idea further. Really looking forward to it! Until then I will take a closer look at your Sketching 101 (thanks for the download link btw, the book looks fabulous!). To be honest, I didn’t start using watercolours yet. However, I’m determined to do so once I’m a year older very soon… 😉
        I also had a smile on my face when reading about your aunt and the Japanese origami paper! Seems like the creative seed has been planted quite early in your life… 🙂
        Now, you take care and best of luck with the recent and upcoming projects!!

  • Yvonne B.

    Hoi, just signed up can’t wait to see tips you have to share

  • Amanda Thompson

    What an amazing book, offer and celebration Candace. Your advice is invaluable particularly to extreme newbies to the art world like myself. Have a great week.

    • I’m so happy to hear the ebook will be helpful for you, Amanda! And as always, please let me know if there’s anything in particular that I can help you with–I love the creative journey you’re on right now, and can’t wait to see more of your sketches 🙂

      • Amanda Thompson

        Back at work now teaching my beautiful class of children so not as much time as over the last month or so. I am desperately hanging out for the weekend! There is so much for me to learn that I don’t even know where to begin. Always feel free to give me a tip or two as to how I could improve whenever I post anything. The funny part is that I feel as if my sketching is what I am better at (not good but better) yet adding the watercolour is the part I love even though I don’t think I have an artist’s mind so it is often just random how I do it. I reckon my math brain helps with the sketching but can’t seem to have my math/science background help with the colour! All good fun though and apparently I don’t have to be perfect at something 6months after starting it. 😂😂😂

        • Hi Amanda! There’s so much here that I love–and firstly, it’s great to learn a little more about you, and to discover you’re a math and science teacher 🙂

          I also absolutely have to affirm what you said about not being perfect at something so soon after starting it–I’ve been sketching for six years now, and know I still have a long ways to go! But the thing that has helped me the most is the very thing you’re also doing right now…just sitting down with my sketchbook as much as possible and figuring it out as I go along 🙂 For me, practice hasn’t made perfect, but it has made me a stronger and better artist!

          I finally wanted to thank you for sharing that about watercolors–a friend recently pointed out to me that I sort of breeze right over the entire painting process in the ebook, so please know I will be slowing down and going over my painting process much more in-depth and with greater details in the coming months. Can’t wait to share more ideas with you soon, and I especially look forward to seeing more of your lovely sketches! <3

        • Amanda Thompson

          Always lovely to hear your thoughts Candace. Enjoy the tail end of your week. We’ve made it to the weekend here in Australia.

  • Craig Mankowski


  • Rocking and rolling, Candace! I always believed in shared experience and this little project of yours (‘little’ being quite an understatement here) is so much fun! Really looking forward to browse your ‘on site’ suggestions and advice!

    Best wishes – and a lot more fun outside sketching,

    • You’re too kind, Jens! 🙂 I’m a huge admirer of your work and think the intersection between art and archaeology is such a perfect one, so that all means a lot coming from you. Can’t wait to see more of your wonderful sketches soon–all the best from Montevideo!

  • Nancy Bardos

    Hey Candace……what a great idea! Looking forward to your sketching wisdoms!

    • Thank you, Nancy! That means so much coming from you 🙂 And thank you for continuing to share your beautiful images with the world!

  • Debra

    Thank you for sharing your travel sketching knowledge. I eagerly await new scetches that you share in your newsletters.

    • You’re very welcome, Debra! It’s always a joy and honor for me to share my stories, sketches, and suggestions here, so I love hearing that you enjoy them 🙂

  • Jim

    Love the artwork immensely. What a life you lead! I have subscibed to the newsletter.

  • Chuck Dillon

    This is wonderful. Congratulations!

  • Ciro

    That’s a nice present. You are source of inspiration for me as I love drawing and travel.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the ebook, Ciro! And it’s equally great to hear you love capturing your journeys through sketches–please keep it up 🙂

  • Nancy Alexander McLaughlin

    I appreciate your sketches and ideas. I always look forward to receiving your emails. Your sketches are wonderful!!

    • That’s wonderful to hear, Nancy! Thank you so much for your kind words and support.

  • TJ Wood

    This is awesome and generous!! Thanks in advance 🙂

    • You’re so welcome, TJ! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the ebook 🙂

  • anne reilly

    I keep meaning to do this. Maybe I’ll finally start sketching on trips, if I win the kit.

    • I so hope you’ll have the chance to start sketching soon, Anne! It’s forever changed the way I travel and experience new places 🙂

  • Your sketches are an inspiration, Candace! I’m already a newsletter subscriber…and this is the year I resolve to try sketching while traveling, instead of always pointing a camera. Thanks for the e-guidance!

    • It’s wonderful to hear from you, Anita, and I’m just thrilled to hear this is the year you want to start travel sketching 🙂 Please let me know if there’s anything I can help with along the way!

  • Farrah

    This is really interesting! I’ve never thought about doing it before and think it might be something for me. Big thanks to my friend Gayla who shared your post!

    • I love that, Farrah! I hope you’ll have the chance to try out sketching soon–for me, it’s such a personal and memorable way of capturing the world around us 🙂

  • Cathy Carmack

    Looking forward to seeing how I can improve my travel sketching. Thanks!!!

    • You’re so welcome, Cathy! And please let me know if there’s anything in particular I can help with along the way 🙂

  • Kristin Fuhrmann Simmons

    This is charming. My daughters and I are going to really enjoy this!

    • That’s so lovely to hear, Kristin! I’d love to see your daughters’ sketches sometime 🙂

  • Pauline Susanto

    AAAHHH.. Finally, Candace!! I can’t wait to dig in to Travel Sketching 101 and (really this time) try to sketch something on my next travel. Also, I’m subscribed!!

    • Yayyyy!! You know that is music to my ears, Pauline 🙂 I’ve also got an idea for a post about small, simple ways to start sketching, so I hope that might also be of help for you soon 🙂 Hugs!

  • Jenn

    Thank you. Love following your travels through your sketches. 🙂

  • dspeirs

    Traveling through art sketches and paintings brings a place alive. I love it more than photos!

  • Just signed. Can’t wait to take a look at your book 🙂

  • Treava

    Hi Candace. This is great! I can’t wait to download your book!
    Thank you.

    • You’re so welcome, Treava! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the book–and especially to see more of your beautiful sketches 🙂

  • JerryJanuszewski

    Hi Candace, looking forward to seeing your book. Thanks! JJ

  • Lawson Drinkard

    Thanks Candace!

  • Barbara Kugler

    I have been getting your newsletter for a few months now. I would love to be included in the giveaway. I have a long way to go to perfect my drawing but I am working on it and love the inspiration you provide.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Barbara! And I’m thrilled to hear I can be of some help and inspiration to you on your own creative journey. I love that the creative process is an ever-evolving one, and that for me, drawing feels like a skill that can always be improved upon. I would love to see some of your sketches one day! 🙂

  • Luri Abe

    Hi, Candance! Congratulations on the book. I will share the news with all my artist/sketcher friends!
    I have already signed up for the news letter and hope to get the kit.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Luri, and for sharing the ebook! That means a lot 🙂

  • Rizka Dyah Utami

    Hi i ‘m already a subscriber and I can’t wait reading your e-book!! Love from Indonesia

    • Hi Rizka! I loved my time in Indonesia in 2012, so it’s great to hear from you 🙂 I so hope you enjoy the ebook!

  • Miriam

    Hello Candance! I’ve already registered for the newsletter. Thanks for the ebook!

  • Bonnie

    I’ve signed up for the newsletter and am looking forward to the ebook.

  • Sunny Christian

    HI, saying it as directed! no, I would say it anyway Candace, you are a sweetie, and I am so blessed to be connected with you. you go girl!

    • The blessings are mutual, Sunny! Thank you as always for your kind words and support, and I can’t wait for the weather to keep warming up for you and your sketchbook 🙂

  • Paige Pittman

    Hello Candace!!! Thanking you so much for this opportunity! Love your style of watercolor and enjoy seeing the sketches of your adventures all over the world! 😊

    • That’s so kind of you to say, Paige! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy the sketches I share 🙂

  • Misty

    Just signed up for your newsletter! Can’t wait to read your ebook!

  • Love your sketches! I’ve sent many people your way who love sketching and want to see new techniques!

    • That’s so great to hear! Thank you for your kind words and support 🙂

  • shalini

    Hello Candace 🙂
    Love your work. My 2017 resolution is to SKETCH, so thank you for the inspiration!

    • Shalini, I’m sure this won’t be too surprising to hear, but I LOVE your resolution for 2017 🙂 And I so hope you’ll join our next Moment Catchers sketching challenge–it’d be great to have you be part of it!

  • Elisa Choi

    Yay, can’t wait to receive your ebook! Congrats, Candace!

  • Marisa Padovan

    Can’t wait to receive your e-book. Best to you

  • Awesome! Last night while waiting for my flight at O’Hare, I whipped out my watercolors and sketched the terminal—and that’s definitely thanks to all of the inspiration I’ve gained from you since I found your blog! 🙂
    It was a peaceful way to pass the time and remember the moment, all while knowing I was practicing a skill.

    • Rebecca, that makes me so very happy to hear–I’d love to see that sketch! And I loved everything you wrote about sketching in your last sentence–what a perfect encapsulation of sketching’s rewards 🙂 SO excited to see what this journey holds for you!

  • dspeirs

    Love this entire concept! Can’t wait for the ebook.

  • Jeannie Hunt

    hoping this will inspire me to draw more when I’m on the road, or just out and about town.

    • I hope that for you too, Jeannie! And while I first fell in love with sketching as a way to make more of my travels, lately I’ve been discovering that it can be just as rewarding an activity to do at home–so I’m so glad to hear you’re thinking of doing the same 🙂

  • Tami Bagashvili

    Signed up, crossed my fingers and I guess I’ll just go and sketch something now! 😀 ^_^ great works and amazing website, you can find inspiration for almost every artistic mood! Thank you for sharing, I’m truly impressed with all the works and positivity they radiance 🙂
    Cheers, Tami from Nomad In You ^_^

    • Thank you so much for *your* positivity and kindness, Tami! And I couldn’t be more excited for this new journey you’re on, most especially as you’re hoping to do some sketching in Africa 🙂 I can’t wait to see sketches and hear stories from your trip! <3

  • Leslie

    One of my goals is to sketch more this year, can’t wait to receive your e-book. Also signed up for your newsletter.

    • I love your goal, Leslie! And I so hope this ebook might help you reach it 🙂

  • Rae

    I’ve travelled for so long and my photographs never completely seem to capture the essence of the places I’ve been to – maybe with your ebook I can give my memories a new facet and really bring the places alive.

    • Thank you so much for sharing that, Rae–you put so perfectly one of the reasons I most love sketching…that it’s a chance to share our own singular vision of the world, and to create an image that is completely and uniquely ours. I so hope sketching will help you return to your memories and relive them in a new, creative way! <3

  • Thanks to Rhonda Wiley Jones for sending out your website. I can’t wait to learn more. I did sign up for your newsletter. Now I have a new excuse to travel, thanks.

    • That’s wonderful to hear, Letty! I’m also grateful to Rhonda for sending you my way, and I really look forward to sharing more sketches and suggestions with you soon 🙂

  • Karen Patton

    I signed up for your newsletter and have read your e-book. Look forward to using the information you have so generously shared.

  • Jessica Holding

    I think painting and drawing the world around me would definitely help anyone focus on the little details more often. Will definitely make it a daily practice next time I’m on the road, or the trail! Thanks for the ebook. 🙂

    • Yes! I couldn’t agree more with you, Jessica 🙂 For me, greater awareness in a new place is all about taking note of those little details that make a place–and I love how sketching and observing them actually affixes the details to my memory, so that even years later, I can think back to the scene I sketched and recall so many small yet significant details. I’m so glad you enjoyed the ebook, and I can’t wait for you to give sketching a try on your next trip or trek!

  • Odette Bragg

    I’m signed up. Looking forward to your newsletter and e-book!

  • Hi Candace! I’m feeling like a proper Great Affair plan since I read and shared your e-book over a month ago! 🙂 Amazing job on it, by the way!

    So, I’m still super inspired by the tips you gave me a few weeks ago for starting out sketching, but with all this bus conversion work, I’ll admit I still haven’t gotten myself any art supplies. I’d LOVE your kit because then I’d be set to go, and could immediately begin my sketching journey rather than having to overwhelm myself in an art store with an already-overwhelmed brain. It would be great to relax from time to time with tools hand-chosen by my inspiration and art mentor!

    • That means so much to hear, Brittany 🙂 I’ll certainly be keeping my fingers crossed for you in the giveaway! And hopefully just having this short list of key supplies on hand might be helpful when you have a chance to visit an art store. I’m so thrilled that you and Bruno have found your next home, and I’ll be eagerly following the conversion process! <3

  • Kim

    Thanks, Candace, for sharing your process and suggestions with us (as usual!). I carried my travel watercolor set around with me for almost two years when living abroad but never once used it because I’m afraid of sketching AND painting (I’m much more comfortable with fiber arts!). I’m glad I now have your guide to encourage me to give it a try 😀

    • Thanks so much for sharing that, Kim, and I’m thrilled the ebook might be just the right encouragement to break in your watercolor set 🙂 I also have to say, I’ve glimpsed some of your fiber arts creations on Instagram, and I loved seeing that you already have such a beautiful outlet for creative expression. I hope to glimpse some of your sketches now this year! <3

  • Monica Schimanke

    I just purchased a travel sized watercolour kit and brushes a few days ago. Your book has arrived at the perfect time! Thank you for sharing with us, I look forward to learning from you.

    • I love the serendipitous timing, Monica! Thanks so much for sharing that, and I so hope you’ll consider joining our next Moment Catchers sketching challenge–it’d be wonderful to have you be part of it 🙂

  • Treava

    Hi Candace. Thank you so much for your wonderful book. It is so well done and of course, beautiful. You are such an inspiration and it glows through the pages of your book. Thank you again!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Treava! I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the ebook, it was such a joy to put together 🙂

  • Sharika

    Hi Candace, thank you for the ebook!

  • Brenda K

    Thank you! 2017 is my year of gathering the courage to sketch every day and share my work every day. You are a big inspiration!

    • That’s so great to hear, Brenda! I love your goal and focus for 2017, and I’d love to help make that happen any way I can 🙂 Where are you sharing your work every day? On Facebook or Instagram? If so, I’d love to follow along and cheer you on from Uruguay! <3

      • Brenda K

        I’m on IG and you’re following me and cheering me on with gusto! 🙂 I don’t want to put my full name here but that’s what I am on there as. Brenda.K_ _ _ _ 🙂

  • WDanewood

    Thank you for inspiring me to restart my art journals – i just signed up for your newsletter

    • Thanks so much for sharing that! I only restarted mine at the beginning of last year, but it’s now a ritual I don’t think I could do without again 🙂

  • Suzan Herskowitz

    Hello and thank you for your giveaway and newsletter.

  • Maria

    I signed up for the newsletter. I’m excited to look through the ebook!

  • I’m all signed up – but with a different e-mail from Disqus. 🙂 This is such a freaking cool giveaway. Sketching my travels and outdoor adventures is one of my “totally out of my comfort zone” creative challenges for 2017. At the very least, I’m going to massively enjoy your e-book. 🙂

    • I’m just so happy to hear that, Amanda 🙂 I think we should all set “totally out of our comfort zone” creative challenges for ourselves each year, and I’m thrilled that sketching your journeys and adventures is your goal for this year–let’s make that happen! Is there anything I can do to help as you start sketching on-location? Please don’t hesitate to let me know, and I so hope you enjoy the ebook! <3

      • Haha – I’ve got very little artistic talent in this realm so that’s going to be an obstacle in and of itself. 😉 Seeing what’s in the giveaway is actually really helpful because I’m not even sure what all the supplies I need are. I’ll read the e-book and will SURELY be asking you tons of questions. 🙂

        • Please ask away, Amanda! I so look forward to your questions. And I’m so glad to hear the list of supplies is useful–I always suggest just keeping it as simple as possible…not only because it’s easier to travel that way, but also just to keep your own sketching process simple 🙂

  • slpascual

    Hi…..nice giveaway……Want to learn how to sketch…….so badly! thanks anyway

    • You’re welcome! And I hope the ebook will be helpful as you begin sketching 🙂 All the best to you!

      • slpascual

        I really really hope so…..Thank

  • Tahirih Goffic

    Hi, I signed up 🙂 Thanks so much for the great little ebook…it’s beautiful and I love your presentation. I’m an accomplished oil painter, but I’m really having fun learning watercolor sketching. It’s challenging! Lol! Watercolours don’t behave and as an oil painter I’m always trying to control them too much…

    • Hi Tahirih! Thank you so much for signing up, and especially for sharing about your experience as an oil painter. It was fascinating to hear from you, as your experience is so different from mine 🙂 Having only ever used watercolors, I’ve really come to embrace the way they have a life of their own (or how they “don’t behave,” as you so perfectly put it 🙂 Painting with them truly feels like an adventure, as you’re never certain of exactly how each sketch will turn out…but I can so imagine that if you’re accustomed to painting with oils and acrylics, it would be quite the interesting transition to go from them to watercolors–I’d love to hear more from you as you continue experimenting with watercolors!

      • Tahirih Goffic

        Thanks for your lovely reply, Candace! I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m thinking of starting a new blog based on watercolor sketches from my travels around Europe, but I don’t have a lot of material yet. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

        • Tahirih! I’m so sorry to just see your comment here, but I just had to reply and say I *so* hope you’ll start that blog 🙂 I for one would so look forward to seeing your sketches and posts from Europe–and please don’t hesitate to let me know if I can help as you’re getting it set up! <3

  • Hi Candace,
    I was already signed up to your wonderful Newsletter so I shall say ‘Hello from DownUnder’. What a great Giveaway!
    Serena 🙂

    • Thanks so much for saying hello, Serena! And I so look forward to seeing your sketches from our next Moment Catchers challenge 🙂

  • Jonathan Smith


  • Jonathan Smith

    Going to start a sketch today of view of Colombo city…

    • That’s great to hear, Jonathan! And I so hope you might join our next Moment Catchers sketching challenge this weekend 🙂

  • Karen Fulton

    Just signed up and am surprised I didn’t do it sooner! Thanks SO much for the ebook!

  • I can’t believe I wasn’t signed up for your list yet! I’m happy to be on it now, and have fingers crossed to win the starter kit. I consider myself the very opposite of good at sketching so maybe it will all help 😉

    • Thanks so much for signing up, Valerie! And while the creating-art part of sketching is a lot of fun, for me, the biggest rewards I feel sketching has to offer us aren’t about the actual finished art…so I hope that might be of some encouragement to you as you get started 🙂 <3

  • mary

    Signed up yesterday and thank you for the ebook! Used to sketch and draw years ago but then did less and less and could never find the time. My new year’s resolution is to start again and use recent holiday photos of Paris and Lisbon for inspiration. Also a few local monuments and castles in my local area (Carlow, Ireland). Looking forward to getting tips and advice from your blog and newsletters!!

    • Hi Mary! Thank you so much for signing up, and especially for sharing about where you’re at on your own creative journey. I’m so glad to hear that your resolution for 2017 is to start sketching again, and I hope I might be of some help with that throughout the year 🙂 Paris and Lisbon are both gorgeous cities, so I couldn’t imagine two more inspiring subjects to start drawing again! We’re also having our second Moment Catchers sketching challenge this weekend, so please feel free to join us from Carlow 🙂 <3

  • Courtney Young

    So excited! Thanks for sharing

    • Thank *you*, Courtney! I’m so glad to hear you’re excited about sketching 🙂

  • Hello Candace! So generous of you to share your knowledge and your love of sketching. Love your posts and the different views of the places you visit through your sketches. I’m always pleased to read your newsletters, they give me a lift and make me appreciate the beauty of the world we live in. Thank you!

    • Hi Colleen! Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement–and I was especially thrilled to hear how the stories I share here have helped you appreciate the beauty of our world, for sketching has truly helped me develop that appreciation myself as well 🙂 It’s funny how I started sketching in order to document the wider world as a traveler, but over the years, it has slowly helped me appreciate and look more closely at the immediate world around me at home, too. Thank you again for saying hello, and I so look forward to sharing more stories and sketches with you soon! <3

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  • Khari La Marca

    Candace, I love listening to what you have to say. Because of you, I have started sketching. It will take time, but you give me hope that I can do it. As a social-cultural anthropologist, I have traveled the world. I wish I knew then what I have gotten from you today. But it is never too late and I am on the path now. I can see how sketching is vital to an anthropologist in the field and how it can also connect you with people in beautiful ways. Thank you so much! I would love to win the book to use in my work, but I think many would also love to win it. Good luck to all and keep sketching!

    • Khari, I can’t tell you how much I loved your comment–from learning that you’re a social-cultural anthropologist (I’ve often considered myself a cultural anthropologist disguised as a travel writer and artist 🙂 to reading what you wrote here: “But it is never too late and I am on the path now.” Yes to all of that!! I love that you are determined to start sketching now, and I can only imagine the innumerable ways it will enrich and connect with what you already do in the field. I would love to hear more about what you do and what your focus is as an anthropologist, so please feel free to reach out anytime to [email protected]. Thank you so much for saying hello!

      PS — I also wanted to mention that the giveaway here was for a starter kit of sketching supplies, but that the book itself is absolutely free! I’m not sure if you received a copy of it yet, but all you need to do is sign up for my newsletter here:


      You’ll then receive a follow-up email with a link inside it, where you can download a free PDF of the book 🙂

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  • Pauline Clark

    Hello…I’ve signed up. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi Candace, I received a copy of this ebook a while ago but I must have forgotten to download it and I’ve also deleted the email. Would you mind sending it to me again? My email is [email protected] – thanks so much!

  • Noel

    Looking forward to your ebook!