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May's unique, detailed work has strong historical references and is applied in advertising, print, online, packaging design, interiors projects and more.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.
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.
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.