Simon May Design



Simon May was born in the U.K. and moved to Perth, Western Australia at the age of ten. He has had a lifelong passion for drawing with his favourite subject being cars. By way of recommendation from his Primary School teacher he applied to join the Balcatta Senior High School Special Art Program. Upon acceptance he was exposed to a number of other creative disciplines over the next five years.

Following High School he chose to study Industrial Design at Perth CMC as it was the only course that promised a connection with Automotive design. Frustratingly he soon discovered that none of the lecturers had experience in this field and so tried to redirect his design interests. This led to Simon leaving the course early, and taking an extended sabbatical. This period was spent in varied occupations including managing a country Pub, working on mine sites, driving Semi-Trailers followed by metro buses.

A decision to return to study and complete his diploma and get 'that piece of paper' was made with the hope that it would lead to a career in design. In order to fund this he continued part time 'on the buses' and worked restoring and painting cars in the back shed to help pay his way.

On completion of his studies and armed with a Diploma for Industrial Design, Simon moved to Melbourne in pursuit of greater opportunities, an initial period was spent back behind the wheel of a bus and behind a bar before being offered a design job for a respected Architectural Joinery and Lighting firm.

Quickly proving himself worthy of the challenges Simon was promoted to senior designer and ended up staying with the firm for seven years worth of design challenges and stresses. He had a hand in the design and detail of everything from Toorak mansions, penthouse apartments, high roller rooms at the Crown Casino, bank boardrooms and boutique restaurants.

In 2009 Simon decided it was time for a new challenge, and decided to set up design drafting from home, while also turning his hobby, the drawing, painting and sculpting of Motorcars, into a business. The period since then has afforded him time to build on his skills and his portfolio of work.
Simon is also a regular contributer to Survivor Car Magazine as a writer and cartoonist and has provided poster art for major events such as the Motorclassica concours and the Geelong Revival along with several notable car clubs including those of Ferrari & Lancia.

Many of the artworks on these pages are available to purchase as prints, or inquire if you would like to commision an individual piece.

We sincerely hope that you find something here you would like to add to your collection of Art.