Eric Dixon was born in Wilmington, NC in 1982 where he grew up until 1987. That’s when he moved and dropped anchor in Raleigh, NC. His earliest memory of art was when he was about six years old where he would draw cartoon characters earning the attention and respect from his classmates. They loved him for it.
Eric’s early artistic influences were illustrators like Jim Lee, Stan Lee, Tim Townsend, Chris Bachalo and various graffiti writers. He recalls a trip to the Bronx in 88′ where he saw a subway train that had been tagged and at the very moment fell in love with graffiti. Presently his influences range from Skotty Young, Sean Galloway, LeSean Thomas, Aaron Woes, Chase Conley and Jelio Dimitov
Eric Dixons’s style is mix of graffiti, anime, tattoos, graphic design, cartoons and comics. He usually sees his ideas in his dreams or they randomly pop up during the day inspiring quick thumbnail sketches with notes to recall for later reference. Using these thumbnails he gathers considerable photo reference to flesh out the content more accurately. From these sketches and references he begins to bring his drawings to life. His weapon of choice is usually a 7H lead pencil with refillable holder. Once his drawing is fleshed out he inks it and scans it at 600-1200dpi. From there he either renders the work using tradition painting skills (oils, acrylics or spraypaint) but sometimes he goes digital.
Make sure and check out Eric’s work in person on June 28 at a showcase in Mercury Studios in Durham. He’ll also be painting live at Reload however the date has yet to be determined (Stay tuned to Oak City Hustle). You can always find his work online Eric Dixon Art page on Facebook and on Instagram- @edixon_wdg