May van Millingen’s Food Illustrations

Bisto gravy granules, a Tunnocks teacake and a big bag of oats are among the subjects of food-fanatic illustrator May van Millingen’s work, which transforms humble groceries into a series of mouth-watering muses.

Store cupboard ingredients
Store cupboard ingredients

A show opening next week in, fittingly, London’s Modern Pantry space, will showcase 19 of van Millingen’s recent edibles-inspired pieces, with carrots, cheeses and fungi all adding to the mix.

Fungi
Fungi

‘I’m really interested in all aspects of food – the cooking, the beauty of it’, says van Millingen.

Fruit
Fruit

She also lists ‘maps, natural forms, plants and insects’ as her inspiration, informing her bold use of colour.

Store cupboard ingredients
Store cupboard ingredients

The pieces are all hand drawn in pen and ink, before being scanned in for the colour to be added digitally.

Twelve cheeses
Twelve cheeses

The illustrator studied fashion at Northumbria University, but since transferred her eye for textile design and pattern to illustration.

Bunched beetroot and carrots
Bunched beetroot and carrots

She has now illustrated for print, books and accessories such as laptop and iPad cases; though a highlight of her career was a recent Twitter dialogue with Guardian reader-adulated chef Yotam Ottolenghi, she tells us.

Mackerel
Mackerel

May van Millingen, Drawings runs from 11 November – 19 January 2014 at The Modern Pantry, 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V

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