Always told she would be a writer, Dawn DeVries Sokol earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s renowned Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication. But she yearned to create visually, and soon worked her way from editing newspapers to art directing magazines, such as America West Airlines Magazine—from which a feature she art directed landed in Print Magazine’s 2002 Regional Design Annual. For 10 years, she designed books for U.S. publishers such as Sterling Publishing, Gibbs Smith, North Light, Quarry, and The Countryman Press.
In 2003, Sokol began to attend mixed-media retreats and was drawn to art journaling. For Sokol, the most difficult part was starting, so she featured journaling prompts on her blog, www.dblogala.com, to help others over the blank-page syndrome. Often called the “Doodle Queen,” she has taught her popular workshops through her blog, on Creativebug.com, and around the U.S. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors and Somerset Art Journaling. In 2010, a three-part series she wrote for Cloth Paper Scissors inspired her successful DVD workshop, “Art Journaling: Pages in Stages,” with Interweave Press.
Her list of published titles includes 1000 Artist Journal Pages (Quarry, 2008), Doodle Diary (Gibbs Smith, 2010), Doodle Sketchbook (Gibbs Smith, 2011), Art Doodle Love: A Journal of Self-Discovery (STC/Craft, 2013), The Doodle Circle: A Fill-In Journal for BFFs to Share (Amulet Books, 2013), A World of Artist Journal Pages (STC/Craft, 2015), Year of the Doodle: 365 Drawing, Collaging, and Mark-Making Adventures (STC/Craft, 2015), Doodle Zen: Finding Creativity and Calm in a Sketchbook (STC/Craft, 2016), and Art to Start Doodling: A Sketchbook (Abrams Noterie, 2017). Her first board books, Good Dog, Here, Kitty, Kitty!, and Leapin’ Lizards! (Pet Palooza™), published by Gibbs Smith in 2017, include Sokol’s acrylic illustrations of dogs, cats, and lizards. She lives and creates in her Tempe, AZ, studio with her dog, Lola.