shannon may illustration

good morning! i was up late last night working so i’m going to start the day with a little eye candy while my eyes try to stay open for more than a few seconds straight. this beautiful work comes from shannon may, a recent MICA graduate who has a lovely portfolio or personal and commissioned work for publications like the new york times sunday book review. i’m really smitten with the scientific illustrations above and below, but you can check out the full selection online right here. thanks, shannon!

  1. hmstrjam says:

    like the ac unit!

  2. these are some smart illustrations! but they are cute!

  3. julia says:

    oooohhhh beautiful!

  4. christa says:

    oh so nice! my mother would love the illustrations with the formulas (retired math teacher), geek chic art!

  5. Very keen on the Water Tower Divers and the AC Unit! Great works all!

  6. Sasha K. says:

    They’re all great, but I’m particularly in love with the last one of the office building windows.

  7. Jen says:

    Shannon is so amazing! Love her work so much.

  8. Leigh Wells is another illustrator you should look at:
    Very similar!

    1. grace says:


      the image of the woman reminded me of leigh’s work, too (i’ve posted about leigh before). i love that sort of color palette :)


  9. Jackie says:

    Exciting to see! I am definitely a fan.

  10. natalie. says:

    these are seriously stunning.

  11. Ian says:

    Shannon is incredible!

  12. love says:

    all the scientific illustration is very similar to oliver jeffers work…

  13. lara says:

    i love these. especially the architectural prints

  14. These prints are very interesting. I really like the scientific approach to Shannon May’s work. The image of the calculation on the woman’s features shows me that this piece is about the way a woman is stereotyped and expected by society to look a certain way. The image also has a dated look which points out that these expectations have been around for a long time. Her piece mirrors the way in which society views the women.

  15. Alison says:

    Wonderful – I find that illustration can sometimes be superficial, but there is a lot of thought and soulfulness in May’s work. I would buy a novel just for the pictures if she was the illustrator.

  16. Shelley says:

    Amazing illustrations! Thank you for sharing them with us.


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