Want to know more about me?

I am Nikki Dawes and I am a freelance designer and illustrator based out of Arkansas. I also work as a graphic artist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I have over 13 years experience with Adobe CS and I have spent a lifetime working with traditional media.

In my spare time I am an avid video gamer, coffee drinker, and Olympic level napper. I also enjoy doing obstacle course style races, such as the Tough Mudder. I have a cat named Fluffin and a cantankerous Saharan Uromastyx named Queen Lizbeth.

There are a lot of things I am, so here’s a list of things I’m not:

  • a lover of raw tomatoes
  • a fan of Twilight. The most I’ve seen is a book cover.
  • an admirer of my fiance’s cooking.
  • a morning person… or a daytime person, really. I’m naturally nocturnal.
  • Awards & Achievements

    • 2010 Lieutenant Governor's Arkansas Artist Showcase
    • Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh - President's Award, 4.0 cumulative GPA
    • 2015 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Association Competition - 2nd Place Graphics, Division III
    • 2015 Art for Amnesty: Architects of Peace for International Peace Day artist
    • 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards - Winner, Special Features (illustrator)
    • 2016 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Association Competition - 1st Place Graphics, Division III