We here at Sundae Co. consider ourselves incredibly lucky to be surrounded by some of the best people on the planet. (It’s true. We checked.) We wanted to celebrate the people in our lives who we love, which leads us to our first Who We Love! I met Kit Mills, an illustrator and all-around fantastic human about two years ago and when Daria and I came up with this feature, Kit was the first person to pop into my head. We met Kit at I-CE-NY, a Thai rolled ice cream spot in the West Village to talk life, art and the pursuit of a good book over delicious ice cream treats!
Kit hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to New York five years ago for a job. Their hobby of sketching and drawing has taken over as their main occupation as they now create custom art for magazines, online publications and friends. Kit does personal commissions as well, so if you want a custom illustration, check out the links at the end of the post! (Kit is the artist behind my incredible portrait!) Kit has a style all their own and I am truly blown away every time I see one of their creations! When Kit is not working, they enjoy exploring the many museums throughout the city, riding a bike and reading poetry. They are currently reading Let Us Compare Mythologies, the first book of poetry by Leonard Cohen.
I-CE-NY is a treat for your eyes, as well as your taste buds! This trendy shop invites you to choose an ice cream base flavor, add mixings, toppings and a drizzle over your creation! They pour the ice cream onto a large frozen steel surface and you watch as the ice cream freezes as they mix your choices all together! It was so exciting! I ordered a coconut milk base with mangos and blueberries mixed in and chocolate chips on top. Kit ordered a vanilla base with blackberries mixed in and coconut on top. Daria ingeniously ordered a vanilla base with brownies mixed in, mint chocolate cookies on top and a chocolate drizzle! We all fell in love with the desserts and I know I can’t wait to go back soon!
We sent Kit our Who We Love questionnaire and their responses (plus some examples of their work) are below!
What is your biggest passion?
This is an extremely boring answer considering that it’s my job, but it’s drawing. I found that I was fairly good at it a long time ago, hence the career choices, but within the last five years or so it’s really shifted into something that it feels like I have to keep doing in order to feel right in the world. Drawing is a difficult and often frustrating thing to do, despite years and years of practice, but making marks is fun and it brings me inexplicable joy.
I like to look at things and interpret them, or sometimes pay my respects to a person or an object by putting it down on paper
What is your biggest fear?
Being derivative or trite. Saying things that don’t need to be said.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Who is your biggest inspiration in your field?
Oh man, there are so many illustrators and comic artists I admire. Eleanor Davis, Marian Churchland, Jillian Tamaki, and Jeremy Sorese are a few contemporaries whose work I love. Mike Mignola, too. And a couple favorite illustrators of yore: Rene Gruau and Aubrey Beardsley.
What do you want to accomplish this year?
I want to make more political and socially-conscious work, especially focusing on queer and trans topics, and also more zines and comics! The latter is going pretty well so far—I have a project in the works and have slowly been training myself to think about making art more in terms of pacing and sequencing rather than as one static, self-contained piece. I also wanted to learn how to poach an egg, but I figured it out last week, so maybe now I will focus on baking bread.
Who was your childhood crush?
Bill Nye the Science Guy.
What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Toast with tahini, honey, and cinnamon. Toast in general. Toast rules.
What is your favorite word.
What is your best stress reliever?