Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? What are you up to now?
My name is Bunny Miele and I’m a freelance illustrator currently located in Indianapolis. Right now, I’m doing portrait commissions, designing a line of products, and trying new things.
How did you get your start in illustration? Can you remember the first thing you ever drew?
I started drawing at a young age and never stopped! Writing and drawing have always been my two loves, so one of the first things I remember illustrating was a story I wrote called The Seahorse Who Didn’t Know How to Swim. I bound it in construction paper and everything. I went on to make a series of spooky mystery books in the same fashion that I now refer to as my Construction Paper Books.
What's a project you completed recently that you're especially proud of? Why did that project come to mind?
I just completed a 60s-inspired piece of a girl with flowy hair that I’m happy with. It’s a bit of a departure for me as it incorporates bright colors, but I enjoyed the newness of it. I’m constantly trying to find the style that best represents me, and I think I’m making steps in the right direction.
How would you describe your illustrative style? Are you more drawn to color, black and white, or something else?
My style is a bit nebulous at the moment as I’m trying new things, but I think the theme of Spooky Girls will always be present. I’ve very much stuck to black and white throughout my life— part preference, part fear. Pencil had always been my medium of choice, so that world of gray I produced carried over when I began using inks. Color isn’t something that comes as naturally to me, so I’m now trying to welcome it into my work.
Do you work better by yourself or around others? How do you find time to connect with other creatives?
I am a solitary human in all aspects of life, but I’m now realizing the importance of inviting others into my world. Thankfully Instagram allows me to connect with inspiring creatives without having to go far. I’m finishing up a collaboration with Portland artist Candice Goodman that I’m really excited about. The bright energy of her work brought my piece to new heights.
What's been your biggest success so far as a creative?
I’ve made some (read: many) pieces inspired by Twin Peaks, and it still astounds me that Sheryl Lee, Kyle MacLachlan, and David Lynch have seen the portraits I’ve done of them. David Lynch saying my Gordon Cole portrait was “neat” is enough to warm my heart forever.
Who's another creative that it's always been your dream to collaborate with? What would that collaboration look like?
Carson Ellis is my favorite; I adore her work so much. I’d love to even just write the words of a story she would want to illustrate. The Seahorse Who Didn’t Know How to Swim 2, perhaps?
Any big plans for the future? I know you're focusing on commissions/tattoo designs. Is that your longterm goal, or do you have any other projects brewing?
I’m currently trying to build up a portfolio to land a job in graphic design. I’m not completely certain of where I want to be (being in your twenties is fun!), but I have a few personal projects that remain a constant. I’m compiling a small book of art and writing inspired by the health challenges I’ve faced; I want to produce something beautiful from all the awful I’ve gone through with my vestibular disorder. I’ve never been a strong verbal communicator, so my lifelong goal has been to say what I want to say without speaking a word.
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