Hi. I’m Cheslea May. 

I’m a freelance illustrator and designer specialising in children’s illustration. I live and work from my home studio based in Pretoria, South Africa and I’m currently available for book enquiries & illustration contracts.


I have an internationally accredited BA degree in Graphic Design from the Design School of Southern Africa (DSSA Bordeaux – ’15). It is through this 3-year course that I fell in love with illustration and problem-solving.

I started my career as a graphic designer but soon after my son was born, I rediscovered illustration in the form of children’s books. Reading to my son was extremely eye-opening and it had solidified a desire to delve into this wonderful new world of story-telling.

I am always looking to improve on my story-telling skills, techniques and critical-eye. One day I would love to be the writer and illustrator of my very own children’s book.

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