Saturday, November 16, 2013


Here's a bunch of rough character design/ideas I did to help on a pitch for this years John Lewis Christmas advert. It was a lot of fun experimenting with paint textures and a much more earthy palette.
Needless to say this particular pitch didn't come off, but the one that did is very beautiful!
Well done to everyone involved.
I hope you enjoy this gallery of rejects!!!


Jampix said...

Great stuff never the less!

Ben Newman said...

So much character...I wish they had used these instead.

Chris Garbutt said...


Anonymous said... Hey Chris, just wanted to say congratulations for you & the Gumball team for winning a BAFTA award for writing. :)

Chris Garbutt said...

Thanks! It's great that the show continues to be recognised.

Unfortunately I'm not involved in the winning of this particular award as it's episode specific. It was awarded for the episode 'The Remote', an episode in which I wasn't involved in the writing.

Big congrats to the whole Gumball crew though.

Fred Blunt said...

great stuff, Chris! I love the bear 3rd page down… that's the one I would have chosen had I been the art director. The animation on the ad is brill, but your characters are more memorable!

Chris Garbutt said...

Thanks Fred!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you know this, but do you remember the scrapped episode of Gumball called "The Rex"? I was wondering who are the guys that wrote this episode & I'm sure there are reasons why it was scrapped: The animation of this episode is highly expensive, the team already did "The Quest" in season 1, & it was replaced by "The Plan". Here's the image of storyboards by Jean Texier:

Chris Garbutt said...

I'm afraid I know nothing about an episode called 'The Rex'. As far as Gumball goes, aside from the development, I only pitched in to help out very briefly on Seasons 1 and 2 as I was working full time at the Development Studio on my own projects. So my knowledge of the show, the characters, the world and it's specific episodes is very minimal, I'm sure you know a great deal more than I do.

To discuss the show and find out more about it you're probably best contacting Ben Bocquelet through his twitter account, the writers through their blog or even going onto one of the many Gumabll forums online.
Have fun!


Aaaaaw! Super awesome!! Looks so cool!