A dare devil from the beginning Steve May spent his formative years in Hastings doodling, causing mayhem and injuring himself in interesting ways. From the sunny south coast Steve was drawn to the more temperate climbs of Nottingham where he studied fine art and filmmaking.
After a brief career break in an unsuccessful pop band Steve embarked on an MA in animation at the Royal College of Art, bringing him to the vibrant streets of London where he has worked and resided ever since.[show more . . .]
Steve has honed his trademark scratchy, spontaneous illustration style to perfection and his complimentary illustration and animation skills have catapulted him in a number of interesting directions, including his role as the Reading Agency's 2012 Summer Reading Challenge official artist, with his work reaching children of all ages through libraries.
May's previous career as a successful animation director meant he was a natural fit to take on the role of lead creative on the fun filled Superheroes exhibition for Discover, which beautifully showcased his skills in character design and creative interactive animation.
His early anarchist tendencies made Steve the perfect match for Puffin's best-selling Dennis the Menace fiction series and with his surreal sense of humour he was a natural pairing for Harry Hill's Matt Mills series published by Faber and Faber.
Steve has been happily immersed in a world of burps, beards and bogeys as part of his collaboration with Gareth P Jones on the Pet Defenders series published by Stripes, a generously illustrated fast paced, action packed series proving to be a perennial favourite with newly confident readers.
The Guardian Guide
Harper Collins Children's Books
Macmillan Children's Books
Marks & Spencer
The Reading Agency
Salisbury Playhouse Theatre
Scholastic Children's Books