Crystal Hansen & May Leong
"May Leong is a quirky retro illustrator in Australia. She sells her art in the form of cards, prints, tea towels and more. I love how she captures life in a fun, Humorous and beautiful way.
I really enjoyed getting to paint May, in some ways she reminded me of a tiny version of myself living half way around the world. I could literally plant myself in Her little studio in Sydney and get to work. I'm particularly fond of the way she uses plants in her art, photos of herself and in her studio, so I decided to incorporate them into her portrait. It's rare to get a photo of May where you can see her face, she's often hiding behind a bouquet or foliage of some kind and I like that mysterious and hidden quality. I decided to make a print for the dress using the cat from her shop, that so often makes an appearance in her photos.
From her Instagram feed you are really able to put yourself in her world, warm cups of tea, florals and leaves, funky socks, a happy dress, a pen and paper, and it's an aesthetic I found so pleasing."
Portrait of May Leong By Crystal Hansen
"It was a very fun project to be apart of. What I love about "I Art You" is that you get to illustrate on your own time. Although Crys and I are in completely different time zone and cities, we could still collaborate. A surprise and delight towards the end. We have different styles but we share the same values; draw from the heart."