About the project
Gnarrgutts is the debut release from Effective Brushwork, an independent side-project led by Adobe senior creative director John Caponi and artist Peter Denton, who was inspired to create the animated series after meeting a mysterious creature in a vivid dream — a nightmare, to be exact. “It was quite terrifying. I would say that he came in the form of a demon that was trying to get me,” Denton says. “For some reason, I felt inspired to redraw him.”
Crafting the imagined universe — where the title character, an offbeat crudin named Gnarrgutts, and his sidekick Meme explore together, with plenty of twists and surprises along the way — developed as organically as the project team. “We’ve always had a good collaborative energy between us,” says Caponi. “There’s a shared love of music, animation, and storytelling, so this was a good way for us to create something new and positive together.”
This project was created using hand-drawn art, Photoshop
, After Effects
, and the typeface Amatic from Adobe Fonts
. Dialogue was recorded on phones and with standard mics, and digital and analog instruments were used for the musical score and sound effects.