Richie May

London

My first illustration commission was in August 1997, while still an undergraduate, for the US edition of Wired magazine. Thereafter I dedicated ten years to freelance illustration and a handful of stolen hours to co-founding and editing Pixelsurgeon, the renowned online design and culture magazine.

In 2005 I was jointly responsible for Black Convoy, an ambitious but ultimately fugacious collective of UK illustrators featuring Adrian Johnson, Jon Burgerman, Miles Donovan, Neasden Control Centre, NEW Studio, Lee Ford, Mark Taplin, Andy Potts and others. We exhibited in London, New York and Singapore.

Until 2007 I was represented by Art Department in New York. That same year I co-founded moving image production company Wyld Stallyons.

Clients for my illustration work included Vogue, Warner Brothers, Peugeot, Swarovski, Budweiser, Sony, Little White Lies, Ray Gun, Esquire, C2 Pictures, The Criterion Collection, Random House, Nordstrom, David Byrne's Luaka Bop, Punish the Atom, The Guardian, The Independent, Cosmo Girl, The Big Issue, New Scientist, Wired UK, Wired US, and many magazines from the Future Publishing stable.

My illustrations have been featured in the following books:

The Fundamentals of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen, 300% Cotton: More T-Shirt Graphics by Helen Walters, Imagemakers: Cutting Edge Fashion Illustration by Martin Dawber, Illusive: Contemporary Illustration and it’s Context by Klanten and Hellige, Permanent by Design is Kinky, It’s a Matter of Illustration by Viction Workshop, Great Graphics on a Budget by Dixonbaxi, Rethink Redsign Reconstruct by Mark Wasserman and Designed To Help by iLovedust.

Currently I’m working with my daughter on a short animated film called Def Wobble. I'm also writing and illustrating a story about an octogenarian death-cult leader seeking the key to eternal life. It may never see the light of day, but I’m enjoying the process.

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