As a youngster, Chris Gilleard was always drawing daft little characters and comics that made people smile. He loved doodling and dreamed that one day he’d be paid to do it. Today, he still lives in the lovely little Yorkshire town of Beverley, but has swapped his pens and pencils for an Apple Mac. Mainly using vector graphics, he creates his humorous little characters for a range of clients – including the Canadian media giant Rogers.
During three years studying at Loughborough University, Chris discovered his love of vector illustration, and started working as a freelance illustrator soon after graduation.
Drawing with vectors really suits Chris’s approach to drawing and painting. He likes using flat, bold colours and strong, simple shapes with clean edges. Within one of his images, each element is carefully and meticulously constructed from smaller pieces of geometry. They come together to form everything from chivalrous knights to mad bikers, and from apes to honey bees.
Chris’s work is predominantly character-based. It’s fun, playful and a little bit daft. He enjoys making people smile, so his images are bright and colourful, and a little absurd. He has an underlying love of geometry and if you look carefully you’ll often spot perfect squares and circles in his characters and compositions.
It’s no surprise to find that he’s recently rediscovered Lego, and loves looking at old and outdated technology – from cars with strange features to computers and control panels filled with inexplicable buttons. Some of his work is done in a pixel art style, tying in with this retro technology vibe.