10 Mins, Illustration 6 years ago

Illustration Insights Podcast (James Gilleard)

James Gilleard is Yorkshire born illustrator who spent a large part of his life in Japan. It's amazing how influential those experiences can be.

The James Gilleard Illustration Insights Podcast is an ideal listen if you are starting out in the creative industry, thinking about freelancing or already up and running in the freelance world.

James Gilleard is someone who is very in tune with his awareness of space and the influence of his surroundings.

Crazy Animal Face James Gilleard Illustration Insights Podcast


Having been based in Japan for a number of years, James talks about how his travel has influenced his work. And how by producing self generated work it steered the work that he is best known for.

James also elaborates on making the jump from working on TV production and animation to illustration and the joy of being in control of his own destiny.

Living and working freelance in Japan.

James talks about enjoying his surroundings, building connections and also making sure that the work he does is always progressing.

If you haven’t been you should, and if you have, you should go again.

Additionally, James talks about working for ITV making the jump to freelance and not working for free. The importance of working hard was really important to James and most importantly, keeping the pace going. Especially when living somewhere new.

Crazy Animal Face James Gilleard Illustration Insights Podcast

Listen to the James Gilleard Illustration Insights Podcast

This is the fourth episode of the Illustration Insights series and there will be plenty more to follow. The third was from Ben Newman. Each episode explores the views and insights of some of the globes most prolific illustration talent.

We want to highlight each person’s journey, their experiences and where you can learn from them.

You can listen below but if you like what you here, please subscribe and we can send you the latest episodes. That and we can track and monitor every aspect of your life. Only joking… or are we?

We hope you enjoy.



Check out more of James's work on his site.



I'm co-founder of Crazy Animal Face, host of the CAF Podcast, and compere of our CAF events. My views are my own.

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