We had the good fortune of connecting with RaShawn Dixon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi RaShawn, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue an artistic career because I wanted to make a cartoon series. I enjoy watching cartoons as a kid and love the time and effort creators put into creating each episode. Also, the story and character development as well. During my years in college, I realized there’s more avenues for illustration besides working in the industry. Illustration goes into editorial, children books, greeting cards, helping indie studios that lead to working with big name coroporations. It’s been a year since I’ve graduated and I’m taking various art courses to sharpen my skills and to what I want to do. In the end, I’m doing more editorial work than visual development which surprised me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I knew I wanted to do art for a career at the end of middle school. I enrolled in the visual arts program in high school. My mom was dealing with cancer during those years. After receiving various awards in high school from Scholastics and other shows, she gave me the thumbs up and support to continue down this path. Sadly, she passed away before seeing me graduate from high school. It wasn’t easy as I was doubting myself during my years of art college wondering if I made the right decision. However, I eventually figured out what I wanted to do with my work. Surprisingly, it’s still changing so I can’t say specifically what stands out in my portfolio.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To be honest, I’m not an outgoing kind of person. I prefer peace and quiet time to myself, so this is a tough question for me. But if I have to pick a place to recommend to a friend, Downtown Miami or the Grove. Plenty of restaurants and spots to visit and shop.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I like to say thank you to God first for blessing me with this talented gift. Secondly, my family for their support though out the four years. I would also like to say thank you to my high school art teacher, Mrs.Sharpe. She was a huge support during my 4 years in high school and helped me through the entire process. Thank you Art Mom. Also, to all my friends who have supported me as well.