Grant Gilliland is an illustrator and character designer based out of San Francisco, California. He spends most of his free time thinking about funny proportions and animals with personalities. He can also lift about 500 sharpies, no spotter.
Grant grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where he spent about 90% of his time reading Juxtapoz magazine or drawing cartoons when he was supposed to be doing math homework. Grant's disinterest in school ended abruptly after enrolling at The Columbus College of Art & Design, where he earned his Illustration BFA in 2005.
A post-grad illustration career was initiated with the launch of Grant's blog The Gross Uncle in 2006. Serving as a platform for his wild style and humorous writing, the blog garnered him interest from early clients like JibJab and SF Weekly. Teaming up with Scott Hull Associates in 2007, Grant has since worked with major clients such as Weekly Reader, The United States Postal Service, Christopher Chadbourne and Associates, and Frog Design.