In this series, you'll see a few fashion inspired doodles for Desha~ To see a wide variety of color portraits and more click here on my website.
I'm a visual artist and commercial illustrator. My first job out of school (UNF, studied graphic design/illustration), was a courtroom sketch artist for a TV station. From there I was a sculptor at a robotics company, then spent several years in graphic design, always dabbling in illustration along the way.
I have two kids, three chickens a naughty cat named Yum Yum who steals pajamas and likes to get in the refrigerator. After having children, I played mom, mostly, while taking some illustration jobs here and there.
When my second child went into school full time, I was ready to focus back on my career. Unfortunately, all my old contacts were either in new jobs or had a full stable of artists. I tried cold calls, pounding the streets and local creative groups.
Nothing. So, I thought I'd try social networking online. I launched Dawn Schreiner Illustration, on Facebook, and friended everyone I knew. I decided to do a doodle everyday, to both hone my craft and create interest.
Initially, it was pen and ink doodles, since then I realized, I really wanted to work on my painting skills. It helped that, when I asked people to join my group, I offered to paint them. That, and word of mouth advertising helped make my venture successful.