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Meet Trailblazer Janine Enriquez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janine Enriquez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Janine. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It started out with me leaving a job that was a toxic environment for me. I remember crying on the phone with my boss on the other line; I felt trapped and so hopeless for a job I once loved. What stuck with me was her telling me to think about my finances. She didn’t want me to make a rash decision with no fallback. So, I looked at my financial situation and decided to take a chance on myself. It was scary but mostly liberating. There were many times in my life where I didn’t take a chance and wondered what could have been.

Freelancing is something I’ve been doing for many years, mostly in between school and work. Now I get to freelance full time, along with working on my own art and my own products. Warning Graphite Content was just a name I picked out for my Instagram handle; at the time I was only drawing in pencil, and I liked the play on words. After many months of thinking about it, I bought an iPad, even though I was unsure if I would even like drawing on it. It has completely changed the way I draw, and as a result, my skills improved. Digital drawing has also expanded the types of products and services I am able to provide. I absolutely love it!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The hardest part of running a business on your own is not having a go-to person to bounce ideas off of. Of course, I have people I talk to sometimes, but at the end of the day, all of the decisions fall on me. I try to go with my gut and stick with ideas that I love. One thing I ask myself is, “Does this fill a need?” Has this already been done before in the way that I intent to make it? I also write down or sketch out any ideas I have, no matter how silly they are. You never know what kind of golden ideas you have, but you won’t have any if you can’t remember what they are in the first place!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Warning Graphite Content – what should we know?
It’s strange to call myself anything (hello, imposter syndrome!), but the one I’m most comfortable with and most accurately describes what I do, is a portrait artist. My drawing style straddles the line between realism and stylized art. Aside from being an artist, I am also a graphic designer.

What I’m most proud of is my ability and desire to improve, even a little, each time I draw. I never want to stagnate. When it comes to commissions, I put a lot of pressure on myself to capture the spirit of the person (or pet) that I am drawing. I want to always make the receiver of that picture happy.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
The only books I can think of are the Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) by Stieg Larsson. I loved them so much I read through the entire series twice in a row! Ever since those books, I’ve wanted to be (at least a fraction of) the badass that Lisbeth Salander is.


  • Custom Commissions, starting at $75 each portrait
  • Pet Portraits, starting at $50 each
  • Custom Logos, starting at $90

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