Illustrator Gallery - Nicole LeDrew May
Nicole LeDrew May
As a child, I used to color Chips Ahoy cookies with crayons before eating them. In spite of that I have survived to middle age (so far), and have switched from coloring cookies to painting on canvas, paper, and digitally.
Once I outgrew coloring cookies, I spent most of my time in school drawing horses in the margins of my exercise books. After high school, I spent two years studying horses and riding at Humber College in Ontario. At that point I decided I might need a real job so I went on to university and became an occupational therapist for 2 decades, working with children for the last 10 years and older adults for the first 10 years. I started a family and have two boys who are now teenagers. I came back to art, painting in watercolor, oil, and acrylic and mostly, at that point in time, in a representational style. I love animals and completed a lot of pet portraits.
I had several wins at the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards in visual art, and participated in exhibits with the League of Artists of Western Newfoundland and Woody Point Writers Festival, and two joint exhibits with my artist sister, Shell LeDrew.
I became extremely interested in children’s book illustration when my children were young. I decided in December of 2018 that I needed to make a switch so signed up for online illustration courses at SVS (Society of Visual Storytelling) and have been completing courses there since then. I enter their monthly contests most months and have been selected for the top 16 several times and once made the top 4.
I’ve been working at building my portfolio for children’s book illustration for the last 6 months or so and will continue the work. I am interested in writing my own books some day as well (having won several writing awards within my school when I was younger). For now I will focus on the illustration piece and improve my ability to tell stories through pictures!