We caught up with illustrator Ryan Gillet this week and were very fortunate to catch his gif show at the Brighton Illustration Fair last weekend. Just in case you missed it, here are some of his animations below!
Tell us a little about yourself and your work?
Im a 28 year old freelance illustrator/skater/Peter Pan wannabe. I moved to Brighton around eight years ago after graduating Illustration, ever since then I’ve been working from home trying to make it in the art world. My illustrations style pretty much reflects my personality, fun, happy and a bit messy on the edges. In the last year or so I’ve work for clients such as Nike, Virgin and The Sunday Times. I also work in a vintage clothing store down the road, where i pick up all my old dusty t shirts. Every once in a while i do a little sign painting for them too, so keep an eye out for them if your walking down Vine St.
We featured Dan Stirling before on our blog, you are both in Cidy Life, what’s the latest from you guys?
Lately most of our efforts have gone towards Instagram video’s, they’re quick n easy to put together and require the least amount of stress, which is ideal for the full time lads who just want to have a beer and skate around the lagoon after work. Dan and myself have a lil something in the pipeline, but usually these things take a while so don’t get too excited just yet. The annual trip to Barcelona is still on the cards, but apart from that, Just keep having a laugh and try not to break any bones on the way.
How do you create and come up with gif animations such as ‘Leaky Pete’s’ was it a long process? We absolutely love it!
My animations are made using the same method as my illustrations, which are basically screen prints. Every frame of an animation consists of around 4 hand cut stencils that I paint and scan into photoshop, it can be a bit time consuming but i love the grainy effect that comes from that process. ‘Leaky Pete’s’ was actually one of the quickest animations I’ve created, ‘The Selfie Virus’ is where it got a little long winded, having to cut out around 50 stencils for just 4 seconds of joy.
If you could have a dream client who would it be and why?
Oh that old chestnut! Anyone that wants to pay me a ton of money to draw a dancing frog is just fine by me haha! Jokes aside, I’d love to work on something that gets my work out into the public eye, like a billboard for London underground or a cheeky animation for a Snoop Dogg music video. At the end of the day I’m getting paid to do what i love, isn’t that what every aspiring Peter Pan wants in life?
Your style has changed somewhat since we first saw it, how do you think you’re evolving creatively?
I strive to make my drawings as bright and cheerful as possible. As long as people smile when they come across my work then I’m happy. As style goes, I’ve recently added black outlines to my drawings, woo! I found it a lot easier to portray what was going on in the illustration and made the process of the rough sketch to the final image a lot quicker.
Lastly, could we take a quick peek at your workspace?