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Luke Newell is an Illustrator, and this is his blog.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


BLOG! Beloved blogspot from days of yore. I have forsaken thee for the fast and loose instagrams etc. I'll be back, for now find me on instagram @lukenool. Or elsewhere, see

Monday, March 07, 2016


 'The SuperPower Project' is on the list for the @readingagency ‪#‎SummerReadingChallenge‬ ...Hurray!

...and this made my week: For World Book Day, this amazing kid (above) dressed up as TJ (the robot guy on the front cover). Brilliant.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Here's a cover I did for 'The SuperPower Project' by Paul Bristow (Out 2016)
For synopsis / pre-order, go here:

Thursday, July 02, 2015


Hey! Buy my stuff, ON stuff. I've set up a UK and a US shop so you can buy my artwork on phone cases, notepads, tote bags, shower curtains, laptop skins, wall clocks and more!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


The robot chickens are BOK-BOK-back, and they've upgraded! Out 16th of July.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015



 I put the bridge vid at the top here on instagram for a laugh: Shot fifteen years ago on an 'antique' Super 8 camera, edited by pointing a miniDV tape handycam at an (also) antique 8mm projector... and then of course re-edited digtially today...what could be more instagram?!

Most of what I shot at the time is terrible, shaky, blurred and streaky... mainly because I was too excited, but also I was very concsious that I had only eight minutes of film... So I kind of caught 'snippets', somewhere between photo and video! It's difficult to watch as video, but gifs allow them to be seen, so I thought I'd put them here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Just how we roll.
Spoof / homage of those super trendy illustrated fashion blogs.
They'll all be wearing this lot next week.

Thursday, March 05, 2015


Congratulations to Alex McCall for winning the  2014 Scottish Children's Book Award. Pleasure to be hitching a ride!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


IN A WORLD where everyone is a beanbag... Decided to pastiche some little known indie movies for this. You won't have seen them unless you're VERY cutting edge.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014


It's all change at the mo. Consolidating some old bits and bobs. Here's a rough that became something very different in the end... but it's spookily accurate for right now.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Well done to Alex McCall and all at Floris Books, 'Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens' has been shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015!

I was interviewed about illustrating the cover, and other illustratory things, you can read it here...
Good luck all!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Wonderbook 'Hansel vs Gretel': Story / Layout Process from Luke Newell on Vimeo.
One of the things I'm most proud of through the long twisting development of Wonderbook was working on how to get an end-to-end story on the Wonderbook.
It's a book!: Story pacing must accommodate physical page turns.
It's a stage play!: Layout must take into account the fully rotateable 'stage'.
It's a movie!: Ultimately all imagery displayed on a 16:9 ratio TV screen.
It's a game!: Interactive content. How to include games without breaking the story flow.

Each on the ten story 'spreads' broken down into three stages... Illustration, 3D Layout, Final. This is all a massive simplification of the twisty turns we took, but I think it shows the solid outcome.

I was story / layout artist on this (see video... of course the 'final in-game' stuff is not my work, that is down to a team of massively talented team!).

A snippet of some further concept / character work I did below. Full Wonderbook website page to follow .

Face texture sheet... 

Witch hairdo fun...

Exploring facial options....

Witch design maquette, development....



Monday, July 28, 2014


Here's some old Wonderbook 'StoryTeller' character design / dev stuff I did.