Jessie Miles is the face, imagination and talented hands behind illustration company, In The Daylight. She has the experience of farm and city life under her belt and now, from her home in the sunshine state of Queensland Australia, she creates illustrations that reflect the stories within all of us, of bicycles rides, days spent on the beach and those of our weddings.
I first became aware of Jessie’s unique talents on my search for the perfect Valentine gift for my partner*. Since then, I have been invited into her world of cards, prints, Samoyed puppies and custom illustrations that can only be described as life drawn in whimsy. When I spoke to Jess about this article she was so excited to be involved that we have even prepared a little treat for you all.
S: Describe Jess Miles away from illustration
J: I am a dog adoring, good food loving, hardcore music listening TV junkie. I try to stop being such a design snob when I’m not at work, but I also studied interior design and love renovating, so I feel like I am always around it in one form or another. I always have my nose in a good book and have an annoying habit of HAVING to finish a book once I’ve started, no matter how bad it is, ahem * we need to talk about kevin….*
I love seeing a good band and always surprise my work mates by listening to some really heavy (sreamo) music as they call it, while working on pretty and delicate illustrations. I am also a massive TV fan. I love the Simpsons, Family, Guy, American Dad, Futurama, and any animated show. I know every single quote from every single episode. If you quote any of these shows to me, we’ll be best friends for life!
S: Who or what has been the biggest influence for your artwork?
J: I am influenced by a number of artists and illustrators from my favourite childhood books. I love that their work isn’t perfect and has so much character to it. There is Quentin Blake; who illustrated Roald Dahl’s books, John Tenniel; who illustrated Alice in Wonderland and a lot of the different illustrators from ‘A Little Golden Book’ classics.
I loved so many books as a child and thought I would grow up to be an author. But I must have been absorbing inspiration through all the illustrations and not realizing it! I also love vintage botanic illustrations and fashion illustrations.
S: What movie would you love to be in and why?
J: Definitely Pitch Perfect. Some acapella singing and dancing in front of huge adoring crowds! Yes please! :)
S: Draw your favourite movie poster.
J: My favourite movie of all time is Muriel’s Wedding, but I have given her a bit of an updated look :)
S: What is your idea of an ultimate Friday night in?
J: Snuggling on the couch with my two Samoyeds (and my husband if there is enough room) watching something silly and funny – it’s Brooklyn 99 at the moment. I love my deep dramatic movies, but after a long week I quite like not having to do much thinking.
S: From your new collection, which product are you most excited about?
J: Probably our Tasmanian Oak print hangers. They are all handmade by my clever husband Rick and I think they are a quick and simple way to bring your walls to life with your fave print! They are also incredibly easy to use and require no tools.
S: Can you draw your favourite snack?
S: And finally, what is one fact about you that most of your friends wouldn’t know?
J: I am INCREDIBLY harsh on myself and my work. Most people don’t really see that side of me and think that I am quite confident. But I second guess myself all the time and my husband has to talk me down off metaphorical ledges quite often! I definitely have that sensitive, artistic personality thing going on, but I am learning how to embrace it :)
To discover more of Jessie’s work you can find her on all social media using the link buttons below. The new range of In The Daylight has just been released and to celebrate we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win an A4 print + wooden wall hanger for their home! Entry is simple, head on over to In The Daylight then leave your comment of which A4 print you would love to win and why – Easy!
Entries close on July 14th and the winner will be announced on July 16th so be quick and be sure to tell your friends!
All images featured within the Visual Poetry with Jessie Miles – In The Daylight article were designed by and supplied to us by Jessie Miles. All images remain the property of Jessie and are not to be distributed. The custom illustration of couple with dog* remains the property of Stephanie Crew and Spoonful Zine.