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May van Millingen

May van Millingen's Photo - Line & Lifestyle illustrator

With her strong, line-based style, London-based artist May Van Millingen gets through a lot of fineliners! Her hand-drawn approach making products and concepts interesting and approachable for leading brands in publishing, fashion, advertising and more.
May's unique, detailed work has strong historical references and is applied in advertising, print, online, packaging design, interiors projects and more. Taking inspiration from both daily life, both real and imagined, she’s a specialist when it comes to drawing collections of items and creating patterns. From dogs to burgers, and from insects to shoes, each set of images is something to marvel at. Using ink, pencil and watercolour, May creates illustrations for many worldwide leading brands. She also exhibits her work in London galleries.

Approach

May combines hand drawing with digital processes, and uses ink, pencil and watercolours to create her work. Her process usually combines mark-making, strong graphic lines, crosshatched shading and a bold use of colour.

Style

Colourful, observational and diverse, May’s work always has just the right amount of detail to entice the viewer, but never so much that it overwhelms the message or atmosphere she’s conveying. Among other things, her style has been influenced by old botanical and scientific drawings.

Client list

Nike, Topshop, The Washington Post, Google, Uniqlo, Michael Kors, Kettle Chips, Condé Nast, Marks & Spencer, Stylist, Vice, Penguin Books.
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Leon product illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
London river flow direction illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
River flow direction illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
Pomegranate illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
Food packaging tins typography
May van Millingen
Stephen Fry illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
Types of mushrooms - Illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
Food illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
Reptiles illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
Watercolor illustration of Daunt books London
May van Millingen
Illustration of terraniums
May van Millingen
Hot Sauces artwork by May Van Millingen
May van Millingen
Ciao Bella Restaurent architecture for stylist magazine
May van Millingen
Illustration of plants around the chair
May van Millingen
Illustration of types of chairs
May van Millingen
Jeremy Corby portrait
May van Millingen
Illustration of plants on a ladder
May van Millingen
Pomegranate food illustration
May van Millingen
Illustration of fireworks
May van Millingen
Ottolenghi pantry ingredients illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
Figs hand drawn fruit and sliced
May van Millingen
Oil bottle illustration
May van Millingen
People sitting in waiting room
May van Millingen
Illustration of the new botanical
May van Millingen
Illustration of baubles in a box
May van Millingen
Winter-wear-collection
May van Millingen
Vintage illustration of baubles in box
May van Millingen
Hemsley food illustration
May van Millingen
Illustration of salt beef sandwich
May van Millingen
Hand draw Eiffel Tower Paris
May van Millingen
Insects illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
Illustration of wooden made animals
May van Millingen
Vintage Decorations
May van Millingen
Illustration of beauty products
May van Millingen
Cactus illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
The Emporiyum food artwork
May van Millingen
Birds illustration
May van Millingen
Korean food illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
Dogs illustration by May van Millingen
May van Millingen
I love your drawings.
Yotam Ottolenghi, Yotam Ottolenghi
I wanted to email you both together now the illustrations are done and I've sent the book to print just to say thank you! It was lovely working with you both and made the commissioning process so straightforward. And of course, we're all thrilled with the illustrations and can't wait to see them in the final book. They really are wonderful pieces. (I don't know if you get inundated with such things, but do let me know if you'd like a copy of the book and I'll send it over on publication.) Thanks too to May for such patience in taking in all those niggling apostrophe changes! The perils of maps!
Kiera Jamison, Icon Books
''May is an extremely talented illustrator and graphic designer who Salt-Water Europe have collaborated with on several occasions. She designed a poster for us showcasing all the styles in our range and she also designed some prints for us, one of which has now been put onto leather and will make up part of our range for 2016. Our brand has an authentic heritage that May's drawings reflect perfectly and we have been delighted with the work she has done for us. She is great fun to work with, amenable and punctual and we hope to be working with her again in the near future''.
kate Aslett, Web Editor and Social Media Manager at Sun-San / Salt-Water sandals
''Talented, creative and highly professional. A pleasure to work with despite the difference in time zones and countries. May has always been a delight. On brief and on time.''
Emily Ranneby Creative Director, Spoon Agency