Nicole Miles - Illustrator
Nicole Miles is an illustrator from The Bahamas, but she currently lives in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, with her pet snake and human boyfriend. After five and a half years of designing cards for Hallmark UK, she jumped into full-time freelance life in January of 2020. She has worked with a variety of clients including the New York Times, BuzzFeed, Seal Press, Simon & Schuster, Putnam, Sisters from AARP and Bravery Magazine. Her comic Barbara (ShortBox, 2017) was nominated for an Eisner Award.
She has been asked to speak to illustration students at Cardiff Metropolitan University (several times) and at the Afro Futures Un-conference (2019) in Birmingham. In 2018, she became a special visiting lecturer for Sheffield Hallam University where she gets great pleasure in doing occasional teaching sessions with first-year illustration students.
Her favorite form of procrasti-working is always some sort of making, whether it be bettering her hand-lettering, making animated gifs, chronicling silly life moments or informative sustainability tips in comic form, experimenting with film photography or sewing new garments for herself. But she also dedicates a lot of time to improving her second language (French), reading and, recently, going on forest walks.
Nicole loves how children's books can discuss such a huge range of topics and feelings. They can teach, inspire, validate, make people feel seen; they can be sombre, funny, weird or all of these things at once. She hopes her images will engage readers with the text while also making them feel like the worlds in the books she illustrates extend beyond the pages and continue in their imaginations.