FANDOM


Main Page


“[The sky backdrops] were designed specifically by my art director, who's also a pilot, so he's got a lot of knowledge of skies, 'cause it's obviously drawn by a man who knows his clouds. He's up there all the time!”
David Mitton, The Making of Thomas the Tank Engine

Robert "Bob" Gauld-Galliers was the art director for Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.

Career

Bob joined Clearwater Features in 1979 as a commercial story board artist, scenic director, and character designer after illustrating concepts for a science fiction movie. He left Clearwater after taking a job in Bulgaria and returned after being offered a job as an Artistic Director by David Mitton, a year and a half before Britt Allcroft commissioned a pilot of Thomas the Tank Engine. Gauld-Galliers began working on the show in 1983 when the test pilot was produced, and helped set the look in the 1940s and 50s in keeping with the illustrations of The Railway Series.

In 1998[1] and 2000[2], he was commissioned by Sony Creative Products Inc. for the development of Thomas Land in Japan.

He was art director on all series until the seventh series and created the character Nigel for the Sodor Construction Company, who was dropped at the last minute.

He was also the set designer for TUGS and one of the original production designers for The Magic Adventures of Mumfie.

Gauld-Galliers is also a pilot, which David Mitton found a great advantage when it came to painting the sky Cycloramas  for the sets in the series. He is a big aviation fan and has a passion for World War I aircraft.

Art Director

Trivia

References


External links

*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+