End Of Summer and New Events Ahoy!

Hello, hello! If you are new to this, I am Kelly Leigh Miller, full-time illustrator and author of I Am A Wolf, which is a picture book that will debut in Summer 2019 from Dial! My background is originally in editorial illustration and for a while, I designed packaging for toys. At the moment, my main focus is publishing, but I am always looking for new editorial jobs and clients! This is where I post all my main updates on both my current books, events, personal work, and other client work.

Summer is coming to an end and I've started working on book 2, which is still a secret other than the fact I can say I'm working on it. I can't wait until I can release more info on it and I Am A Wolf, which is hopefully soon! For the time being, I have a nice summertime inspired piece:

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I've recently added an events page to my website so you can check to see if I'm coming anywhere close to you. The only event left scheduled in 2018 is SPX in Bethesda, MD, where Alexander Sloves and I will be selling our zines at table C11A. That's not until September 15-16. If you're in the area, you should check it out. I've tabled at SPX two other times and I've always had a blast!

Aside from the mentioned book stuff, I'm also working on some other pitches for the future, but much like my current book work, I can't say anything about that either yet. If I'm lucky, maybe my next update will have a cover reveal for I Am A Wolf! Who knows! For now though, here's a gathering of raccoon friends! 

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Shakespeare Poster and Alphabets!

Hey! Hope you all are doing well. Most of my days have been taken up with book work at the moment. I'm working on a secret project other than I Am A Wolf, which hopefully I'll be able to talk about more thoroughly soon. I really can't wait for the cover reveal for I Am A Wolf since it will be my first ever cover reveal! I am a publishing baby. Everything is new to me. 

What I CAN talk about though is I was also recently commissioned by the Kentucky Shakespeare group to create a poster highlighting the whole cast for their 58th year! It was a lot of fun to create. It's been a while since I've made a poster with this many people in it so it was like a puzzle to fit everyone in a natural way.

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I've also added more alphabet letters to my Animal Alphabet! I update it every Monday on my social media and my website so you can keep up there if you like. Now we are all the way to I.

Since I've been making way more short journal comics, I decided to dedicate a page on my website to them. It's the one marked Webcomics. I probably won't update them on here after this so there isn't repeat content but I update that about 2 times a week or so. You can check back in over there for updates! For now though, if you click to the left or right, you can scroll through the ones I've posted here:

For non business people, in case you missed, I opened some personal profile pic commissions! Below are some examples. If you like what you see, you can always order one off my shop: Profile Pic Commissions. These are, of course, for personal use only like on your social media or a wall hanging. Not necessarily for anything that would be used commercially. 

Journal Comics

I've gone back to making some silly journal comics! They're a lot of fun to do and they act as a perfect break from work. I plan on periodically posting them on social media. There isn't a schedule really for them, but I'm hoping to post a few times a week! Here are some of the ones that I've posted:

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Hello Summer!

It's been a wild few weeks. My debut book is finally coming together, which means I've been hiding behind my desk and plugging away at it! Alexander and I also tabled at CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) and sold some of our self published work, zines, and prints. We also just showed at Chicago Zine Fest two weeks prior to that. We don't normally do a lot of tabling so to us it feels like quite a lot of tabling in the past few weeks!

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For once, I caught Animal Alphabet when it started on A so I decided to join in this time! The topic is Extinct animals. I will be posting them every Monday on social media so keep a look out! The first one is an Alvarezsaurus. By the end of it, I hope to have a really wonderful alphabet series!

I'm still consistently updating my 100 Day Project! Below are some of the recent ones that I've finished. I try to post them daily but sometimes I draw them so late at night that it would be too late to post for people to see them. When that happens, I just post two the next day. 

Light Grey Art Lab Foodies Piece!

I'm in Light Grey Art Lab's new show Foodies! It's a show all about sharing recipes. The show opened just last night and you can buy prints of my piece and a full set of recipe cards with my card as well as many other beautifully illustrated cards! If you want some beautifully illustrated recipe cards but can't go to Minneapolis (I know I can't,) you can purchase the recipe cards on Light Grey Art Lab's Online Shop

Below you can see the fully illustrated front. The back of the card has the recipe on it and it's also fully illustrated as well, but you will have to buy it to get the full recipe. I had a lot of fun making this piece!

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I picked a homemade vegetable stew that's roughly inspired by some family recipes and a few other recipes I use. I am... not a very good cook so I feel like if I can do this, you all can too! It's a very easy recipe for beginners. It's not necessarily quick, but there are probably other shortcuts you can take to speed up the process. I just like to marinate my beans. This recipe can also be done in a slow cooker or crock pot! 

I'm on Goodreads!

I have a new Goodreads Author page! You can follow me there if you want to review and keep up to date with book specific news! Since I'm still working on the books at the moment, no news is really available, but once things start becoming public, I'll post more updates on there! For now, you can just check out what books I'm reading!

I've also made a lot of progress on my April Favorites, as seen below! Check out all the recent ones that have been released:

I've also been keeping up with my 100 Days Project and am pretty excited with how it's turning out. It's nice to make time for fun daily sketchbook experiments. I've always found I learned the most from experimenting in my sketchbook and it's a key contributing factor into my style today.

I've had some people ask what type of sketchbook I've been using since I'm able to use a lot of different mediums in it with minimal visibility through the page. I use a blank A5 Leuchtturm 1917 book with notebook paper. I know they have a sketchbook version, but I like their notebook paper a little better since it's thinner, which helps me be less precious about my drawings in there. If I get too precious, I just won't end up drawing in it or finishing it! I also like these notebooks since they come in such a nice variety of bright colors and I like to celebrate a change in a sketchbook by choosing a different color when it's finally time for a new sketchbook. My current one is the lime green!

Small Projects Galore!

I've started many different small projects this month while I work on some much bigger projects that I can't quite post too much about yet. The first project is my Favorite Small Things project that I'll be posting throughout all of April on Instagram and Twitter. They are little black and white drawings that I'll be posting daily of small everyday things that I like and that make every day more enjoyable! Here are the ones I've posted so far:

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The second project I'm doing that will be going on for much longer than just the month of April is The 100 Days Project! The 100 Days Project is all about doing one thing for 100 days and seeing how you improve, become creative with your decisions, or just make time for something that you haven't been able to in a while! For mine, I'm finishing a sketchbook spread a day with whatever materials I want to use and of whatever subject I feel like drawing! I'll also be posting this on my Twitter and Instagram.

For more general info on the 100 Days Project, check out their website here: the100dayproject.org

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