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May van Millingen

May van Millingen - Line & Lifestyle illustrator

London-based artist May Van Millingen combines digital processes and hand drawing techniques including inks, crayon and paint to create unique illustrations for a wide range of leading worldwide brands. Her drawing approach making products and concepts interesting and approachable for brands in publishing, editorial, homewear, 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May's unique, detailed work has strong historical references and is applied in advertising, print, online, packaging design, interiors projects and more.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 international brands. She also runs drawing workshops and exhibits her work in London.


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. Among other things, her style has been influenced by old botanical and scientific drawings.

Client list

Nike, Topshop, The Washington Post, Google, Uniqlo, Samsung, Michael Kors, Kettle Chips, Condé Nast, Marks & Spencer, Stylist, Haper Collins, Penguin.
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
I love your drawings.
Yotam Ottolenghi, Yotam Ottolenghi
''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
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