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"[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, 60 Minutes Interview

Robert "Bob" Gauld-Galliers was the art director for Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and TUGS. He began working on the show in 1984 and left after the seventh season.

He was also responsible for the development for Thomas Land in Japan and creating the character Nigel for the Pack, who was dropped at the last minute.

He was also one of the original production designers for "Magic Adventures of Mumfie".

Robert is also a pilot, which David Mitton found a great advantage when it came to painting the skies for the sets in the series. He is a big aeroplane fan and has a passion for World War I aircraft. 


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