Kyla May is an Australian illustrator who lives in a seaside town of Victoria. Kyla is has 3 daughters, 3 dogs and 2 cats. At university Kyla completed a Degree in Visual Communication and Graphic Design.
After university, Kyla worked as an advertising art director at one of Australia’s top creative agencies, Clemenger Melbourne BBDO. By 27 years of age, Kyla had won or been nominated for many prestigious industry awards across print, radio and TV, including a nomination for the highest accolade in international advertising, a Gold Lion from the Cannes Advertising Festival.
When Kyla was 28 years old, she created a greeting card range called “Smirk”. Serendipitously this card range become one of Australia’s top selling card ranges which exploded into licensing where Kyla’s brand was featured on products sold all over the world.
Kyla’s greeting cards caught the eye of Penguin Books in New York, who asked Kyla to illustrate and write a book series called “Kyla May Miss. Behaves”. Since then Kyla has illustrated 30+ children’s books for Scholastic US, Penguin US, Penguin Australia and Pan McMillan Australia.
An animation director then discovered Kyla and asked her to design a cartoon series. Kyla has since art directed and designed six animated television series. Kyla’s latest series was “Kuu Kuu Harajuku”, co-created by Gwen Stefani.
In between children’s book illustration and television series, Kyla also designed toys for Moose Toys and Mattel.
Kyla’s inspiration are her children and her animals. She has been creating products for children for most of her career, which keeps her young at heart.