Kyla May is a collective of big kids with big dreams. Our illustrators, writers, designers and producers combine passion and experience to develop exciting new concepts for television, animation, books, greeting cards, advertising, licensing and merchandise.
We create original concepts and work-for-hire projects including animation design, TV bibles, licensing styleguides, children’s books, greeting cards and commercial illustration. Our enthusiasm for character and background design has seen us design four animated TV series with our fifth “The Dream Factory” currently in development.
Our style is eclectic, quirky, comical, stylish and contemporary. We draw inspiration from many influences and are extremely passionate about researching every individual project to create a unique graphic style and concept that will stand out from the rest.
Meet the team
Managing Director / Owner
With over 40 yrs of businesses experience from engineering, driver training, developing the world famous Wescone Crushers to film.
When Kim isn’t driving fast cars he’s steering our company in the right direction. Surrounded by his daughters Kate, Olivia, and stepdaughters Elana, Nadia and his beloved son the late Heath Ledger, who have each been incredibly creative in their hobbies and careers leading Kim to Kyla May’s world of fairytales and superheroes which he now shares with his three grand-daughters.
Creative Director / Owner / Illustrator / Art Director / Designer
Head Creative and professional daydreamer, as a child Kyla was immersed in her imagination. Kyla never listened in class, instead she would doodle in her diary for hours, some of these child-like doodles spawned many of our successful creations like the stick figures of Flirt and Smirk.
Starting her career in magazine photography Kyla earned her degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication at RMIT. She went onto work as an Art Director at the reputable Melbourne advertising agency Clemenger BBDO where she created award-winning print, television and online campaigns, plus branding. Kyla’s unique creative style and bent for comedy led her to create the very successful greeting card range “Flirt” and “Smirk” which led to many other entrepreneurial ventures including books, television and licensing and a little company called Kyla May Productions.
Writer / Producer / Production Manager
When she was 10 Lisa drew up a contract between herself and her grown-up self… item one: that when she grew up she would never do boring things like read the news, talk about the weather, or work in a stuffy office and that she would always read fairytales. Turns out she only broke one of those rules (it seems the news isn’t all that boring after all).
With an honours degree in Media Studies at La Trobe University, Lisa’s career has spanned documentary, comedy, drama and children’s television production. She has worked as a writer, researcher, production coordinator and production manager. Her role at Kyla May Productions combines all those skills. Lisa loves the collaborative process and enjoys nothing more than the creative play of bouncing around and developing new ideas with her fellow workers.
Illustrator / Graphic Designer
Claire grew up in the very small Malaysian village of Tampin where she dreamed of becoming an artist. Claire pestered her mum to send her to the art tutor behind her grandparent’s house. The nagging eventually paid off and so did the art classes, which led Claire to study in Kuala Lumpur where she became a tutor. Claire then made the move to Australia to study at Melbourne’s reputable Swinburne University of Technology.
Claire’s speed and extensive technical knowledge leaves the rest of us behind in a puff of animated smoke! Her quirky style, obsession for all things Japanese and attention to detail inject our artwork with stylistic diversity and a uniquely Asian sensibility.
Illustrator / Graphic Designer
Growing up Paul always imagined he would be a sports star. But at the age of 17 and faced with the horrible realisation that you need skill and athleticism to play full forward for the North Melbourne football club, he put down the ball, picked up the pencil and has never looked back.
Paul earned his honours degree in Multi-Media Design at Swinburne University where he developed his passion for traditional animation and a flare for character design. Now surrounded by a studio full of women the characters in Paul’s head help keep him sane as they jump onto the page and onto your TV sets.
Jacqui has trouble even drawing stick figures but thankfully for us her creative flare is to take care of finances and all the Admin roles us creative people don’t like to do….. Jacqui keeps all our behind the scenes accounts and requests running smoothly which allows us all to keep drawing.