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Making people smile is what Brighton-based illustrator Chris Gilleard excels at, constantly creating quirky and colourful characters that get up to mischief in a variety of locations for his clients. Using the simplest shapes and a lively colour palette, he can find the fun in any theme, making it uplifting, informative and engaging to the viewer.
Doodling has always been part of Chris’s life, and he has a true talent for expressing ideas and emotions in just a few lines and shapes. Originally from the Yorkshire town of Beverley, he studied Illustration at Loughborough University where he swapped his pens and pencils for a Mac with its vector graphics. He loves creating characters and worlds, and his influences include Oliver Jeffers, Tom Gauld, Owen Davey, Charles Huettner and Jon Klassen.

Approach

Drawing with vectors really suits Chris’s approach to art. He likes using flat, bold colours and strong, simple shapes with clean edges. Each element is meticulously constructed from smaller pieces of geometry, brought together to form anything from a five-eyed space worm to a yoga practitioner.

Style

Chris’s work is fun, playful and a little bit zany. It’s always colourful and a little absurd. While his characters might have bandy limbs he has an underlying love of geometry, which is strong in the composition of his illustrations.

Client list

Chris has been commissioned by clients including Pepsi, Microsoft, Samsung, Sky, Costa Coffee, The Daily Telegraph, PlusNet, Radio Times, The Science Museum and Migros.
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Paddy's Day in Canada
Paddy's Day in Canada
Chris Ede produces St. Patrick's Day themed posters and social ads for Have Mercy Dive Bar and El Cortez Cantina in Canada.
Paddy's Day in Canada
Have Mercy Drinks
Have Mercy Drinks
Chris Ede designs and illustrates the menu for honky tonk bar and restaurant, Have Mercy.
Have Mercy Drinks
Have Mercy Mural
Have Mercy Mural
This action packed piece of art is by Chris Ede for an American bar and diner.
Have Mercy Mural
Illustrator Profile - Chris Ede
Illustrator Profile - Chris Ede
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Illustrator Profile - Chris Ede
Power Rankings
Power Rankings
Chris Ede works for Sports Illustrated on a Preseason MLB illustration.
Power Rankings
INSIDE OUT: The Deutschland 83 Promo Poster
INSIDE OUT: The Deutschland 83 Promo Poster
We go behind the scenes as illustrator Chris Ede works with 4creative to produce stunning 80s street art.
INSIDE OUT: The Deutschland 83 Promo Poster
Ticking Time Bomb
Ticking Time Bomb
Chris Ede creates a graphic visual on the British inclusion in the bombing of Syria.
Ticking Time Bomb
Big Spenders
Big Spenders
Chris Ede produces a punchy cover illustration for Stadia Magazine.
Big Spenders
The Great War
The Great War
'The Great War - 100 Years' is a set of stamps illustrated by Chris Ede for Jersey Post.
The Great War
Ede's Albums
Ede's Albums
Chris Ede produces three photographic style album covers for Synctracks.
Ede's Albums
The Lynx Axe Range
The Lynx Axe Range
The Lynx Axe Range
William Shakespeare Stamps
William Shakespeare Stamps
William Shakespeare Stamps