Who Is Don Dixon?
Born in North Carolina in 1978, Don Dixon grew up in a household with a 7-foot robot which looked after him and his sisters. Don’s father created robots for companies like Atari and Worlds of Wonder, eventually moving the family to California.
Don became interested in animation when he saw Michael Jackson’s music video, Thriller, fascinated by Michael’s transformation into a werewolf. When Don’s father explained it to him by creating a flipbook, Don’s enchantment with animation was fueled.
At the age of 15, Don received a full scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. It was here that he began to really take his art seriously and dive into learning more about fine art.
After majoring in Visual Arts at Interlochen Arts Academy in 1996, Don went on to Savannah College of Art and Design, completing his education at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and graduating with a BFA in Animation and Digital Media.
Don’s first job was at WMS Gaming in Chicago doing animation in both 2D and 3D. From there, he moved to Texas to work at Green Grass Studios, then on to Florida to work at Ignition Entertainment doing video game animation, followed by a stint in Hawaii working on the hit TV Show Veggie Tales.
Currently, Don works in Dallas, Texas, at Reel FX working on feature films such as, The Book of Life, Free Birds, Rock Dog, Sherlock Gnomes.
After losing his mother in 2015, Don became interested in writing and illustrating children's books. He wrote his first book, Dandelion, to help him deal with the painful loss of his mother, and then friends read his book and wanted a copy to help them cope with their loss. Seeing the positive response ignited a new passion and purpose in Don, so he self-published his first book.
The photos of families reading the book to their children, dressing up as dandelions, and drawings by the children, motivated Don to do even more.
His second book, Darwin the Dreamer, is a story about hope, joy, and the power of imagination when a blind boy overcomes the threat of bullying. The message is that although we cannot see something we can still make it a reality.
Who could know that a young 12-year-old black child who loved to draw, would transform that love and joy into a 20-year career? Don believes his calling is to inspire others, especially children, and help them create a better world.