The Next Step: Doodle with Dad

By     Jul 28, 2015
Creative Community Fellow

Debasmita Dasgupta











It all started with one small step. One Sunday afternoon I came across a story of a father, who despite all odds never gave up the courage to defend the rights of his daughter. His story became the turning point in my life. I knew I wanted to do something but was caught between ‘what’ and ‘how’. That’s when my red-color sketchbook and pencil caught my eyes.

Before I could realize I had taken my first step. I have illustrated my first father-daughter story and shared it online to spread some inspiration. The journey continued as I kept looking for moving father-daughter stories from across the globe. Some I found, some found me. With every discovery my desire to create art for people kept growing.

To bring ‘art’ and ‘people’ closer, it is now time to take the next step. Next month I will be organizing the first story camp to collect inspiring father-daughter stories from communities. The idea is to bring a group of fathers and daughters under one roof, share some time and stories, play some interactive games and finally do some doodling together. So this approximately two-hour long camp will be full of dialogues and doodles by the people (fathers & daughters) for the people. The first two communities I am planning to reach out are in Mumbai (India). Luckily two of the community-based organizations are giving me full support to execute the project on-ground. I can’t thank them enough for that.

I am also grateful to every alumnus (that I have known so far) and fellow of NAS’ Creative Community Fellowship program. We (current fellows) are just 2-month old in the program but I can already feel the positive vibes around me. Learning from their experiences, hearing their encouraging words – are already giving me enough impetus to take the next step.

So am I excited? Of course I am. But at the same time I am also nervous. Will the people share their stories with me? Will they enjoy doodling? I don’t have the answers right away. But I am confident about one thing that every step matters. It may be a right or wrong step. At the end, it will be a learning experience. And that’s the motivation for all community artists out there. We never stop. We keep going…

You can share an inspiring father-daughter story at and I will illustrate it for you.

All best!