...waiting for YOU!
For some of you, it may have been a while - no worries! With ya every step of the way :)
For you other hardcore sketchers, doodlers and artists - I guarantee this'll be rewarding for you too.
The sketches are just the beginning.
For all of us. Whoever we are. Wherever we're at.
Who knows where your next drawing could take you?!
Life's One Big Canvas Waiting For You: Me beginning work at Japan's International Gardening Show. That canvas awaits you - let's go!
"Creativity Takes Courage." - Henri Matisse
Especially the older we are.
Especially if we've tried before.
Especially if they've stopped believing.
we've stopped believing.
It gets harder to embrace being a beginner again and explore our creative selves.
Especially later in life.
Especially in the age in which we find now find ourselves.
In the digital age of advanced technology and AI, what is it that makes us human?
This is why I'm so happy and honoured you're here.
And I'm with you all the way!
"Dear Divya, thank you for teaching me about drawing! I’ve learned a lot from “When in doubt, draw!”
Spending Friday afternoons with you has enriched my life!”
It's never too late...
Take Grandma Moses - she started painting in her late 70's!
Country Fair, Grandma Moses
There's value in vulnerability:
"85% of the men and women we've interviewed, 13,000 pieces of data, 85% can recall a time in school that was so shaming, it forever changed how they thought of themselves as learners.
- Dr Brené Brown
Ready for an adventure?
Let's go! (don't forget your sketchbook)
All You Need To Enjoy Drawing
Kickstart your creativity and enjoy discovering, or re-discovering, your creative self with this free chance to make a change:
Unsure To Inspired
"I Can't Draw" To "I Can!"
Scared To Start, To Confident To Create
Stuck, Stressed & Seeking, To Happy, Excited & JoyFULL
Let's remove those blocks and see what you've got inside!
Inspired by a workshop I did in the park, where I saw how simple exercises could re-spark and rekindle the romance (ooh la la!) with the blank page, I'm extending the invite and including for you ways to fill your days with sketches and, most of all, wake up that inner artist and have FUN :)
Each drawing challenge builds upon the one before,
until you look back and find that you've gone from blank page,
to a sketchbook full of drawings (and dreams - more about this inside)
Fun Drawing Challenges + Creative Sparks Flying Off Your Heels + A Sketchbook Full Of Ideas = One, Happy Artist!
I'm Divya - an artist, entrepreneur and mama of When In Doubt, Draw. I was born in Paris, to Indian parents, raised around the world, educated in the U.K. and now live and work in my adopted homeland Japan. I love people from all walks of life.
And I LOVE drawing.
My formative years were full of change and this is when I first realised the power of the blank page. An open space I could always go to for expression, reflection and connection.
Growing up, I began making my way in the world. Life continued - with its fair share of ups and downs! - and still drawing was there to help me process experiences and navigate change.
I began teaching drawing, not only as the skill itself, but in the way I had come to know it.
And this was when something clicked.
I wasn't teaching people just how to draw.
I was helping them rediscover their creative selves.
I found that I was an artist who could share the creative process in an accessible way with people from all walks of life and all ages and abilities.
Sharing drawing with others lights me up from the inside out and I'm thankful every day for the work I get to do.
Committing to building your own business isn't easy, but committing to rediscovering your creative self later in life isn't either.
Watching people being brave and bringing new drawings to life is joy through the roof and I say with all my heart, thank you.
"Creativity takes courage" - Matisse
Especially later on in life! And I've been helping people find that courage now for over 12 years. Seeing faces light up in recognition of, and reconnection with, their creativity is the why behind my work.
The way I share drawing is not only about the skill itself
(although that on its own is pretty cool) as you're about to learn.
To this day, I continue to paint and teach in parallel; an aspect fundamental to my work, and created the When In Doubt, Draw programme to share my love of drawing with others, both in Japan and around the world.
It's all I know about the benefits of art and creativity rolled up (with a great, big hug) into my gift to you.
So welcome, friend. I'm happy and honoured you're here and hope you'll enjoy the joy of drawing as much I do.
Everything you'll find here is about how creativity and the simple act of drawing transforms lives.
Love, Divya x