I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
Chris Gilleard

Chris Gilleard

Chris is an emerging illustrator from the North of England, with a love for creating characters and creatures using pixels and vectors.

His bright and bold illustrations have already been employed on many scales and locations, from the web to wall murals, car roofs to christmas cards and is looking to enter the world of Publishing and Advertising.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Chris: In primary school I made little comics to sell in the playground. I guess it was my first taste of the best job in the world!Question: Do you have any formal design training? Chris: Yes, I studied at Loughborough University for three fun years. I had some fantastic tutors and the best course mates you could ask for.Question: Where are you originally from? Chris: I'm from a great little market town called Beverley in Yorkshire.Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Chris: I'm still up North, but looking to make a big move very soon!Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Chris: My studio is at home, where I've surrounded myself with tons of colourful stuff; my wall is plastered with friends' business cards, post-its, stickers and postcards, all to keep my brain ticking over whilst working.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Chris: Humour is a big inspiration for me. I like things that are absurd and a little bit awkward. For example, I love old vehicles and technology that looks ridiculous and outdated today; a computer that looks more like a toaster, or an old handheld video-game, where the console itself is more exciting than the game. Things like that give me ideas for all sorts of characters and worlds.Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Chris: No, but I do hoard a lot of little things, postcards, friends' business cards to cover my wall, as well as keeping lots of sketchbooks.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Chris: I made a huge cross-section of the Earth through pixel-tinted glasses with little interactive elements. I really enjoy making big worlds full of characters and bizarre things.Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Chris: Illustrating a series of children's picture books, both print and digital would be my dream come true. I'd love to make a Google-Doodle too.Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Chris: Oliver Jeffers is my idol, all his characters and stories are just amazing. His books spurred me to pursue illustration and are on my desk, within reach, at all times. My other favourites are Owen Davey, Jon Klassen, Charles Huettner and Tom Gauld-whose signed book is a prized possession.Question: Who are your musical heroes? Chris: The Beatles are at #1 but I do love Frank Turner, Jose Gonzalez, Gorillaz & Daft Punk. I'm a huge fan of soundtracks too but there are too many composers to mention.Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Chris: Not that long ago, but I'd like to go back to 1969. I could see the Apollo launch and moon landing, visit Woodstock and see The Beatles' rooftop concert.

Microsoft, Rogers Communications, Migros, 3M Graphics, Drench Design, Bfore.Me, Loughborough University

Born: UK
Residence: Yorkshire, UK
Education: Loughborough University
Breakthrough: Migros - Summer 100 Project
Studio: at home
Magazine: Wrap Magazine
Holiday: Skiing in Finland
Inspiration: outdated technology & humour