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Editorial Cartoons

Much of Luke Warm's early work was on social and political themes and published in newspapers and magazines. His first regularly published cartoon was a political cartoon strip 'And so on..' which appeared sporadically in Phoenix magazine in Dublin in 1980-1. Then in 1985 he won a competition in the Guardian newspaper with a cartoon about the ongoing famine in Sudan and Ethiopia. From 1990-2 his social and political cartoon strip 'Fence Sittin' by Luke Warm' ran weekly in Mmegi newspaper in Botswana, jointly winning the Botswana Press Trust Cartoon Award.

From 1994-6 Luke Warm drew a weekly editorial and opinion cartoons for the Times Higher Education Supplement THES in London and from 1997-8 drew frequent Opinion cartoons for the Sunday Business Post newspaper in Dublin.

The lowdown..

So who is the tall dude in the dark suit?!

Mark Nesbitt is an award winning Irish cartoonist and caricaturist who has worked under the pen name of 'Luke Warm' since 1990 - nearly 30 years!
He started off as a civil engineer drawing in his spare time and in 1985 was joint winner of a cartoon competition run by the Guardian newspaper and Granada TV.  But it was while working on water projects in Botswana that he had his first major break with the weekly publication of his social and political strip 'Fence Sittin' by Luke Warm' which ran for over 2 years in Mmegi newspaper and was the joint winner of the 1991 Botswana Press Trust award.
In 1992 he moved to London, kept on the Luke Warm pen name and over the next ten years built up a body of cartoon and illustration work with the Financial Times, The Irish Times, The Press Association, the Times Higher Education Supplement, The Sunday Business Post and the Evening Standard amongst many others.
He moved to Devon in 2003 and since then, based in his purpose built studio, now mainly works as a caricaturist throughout the south west - in fact even as far south west as the Caribbean for P&O Cruises!
Caricatures by Luke Warm won the 2017 Best Entertainment Award at the South West Wedding Awards. He'd previously won the Best Entertainment Award at the 2009, 2010 & 2011 West Country Wedding Awards and in 2013 won their Judges Choice Award from a field of 138 entrants. He was also shortlisted for both the 2009 & 2010 Service Excellence Awards by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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What details do you need for a quote?

  • the name and circulation of the publication

  • the copy, if the cartoon is to illustrate a particular piece

  • the required dimensions, B&W/colour & resolution

  • your deadline

I will then give you a fixed price.


My standard fees include the provision of 3 B&W roughs to establish the content and layout of the final drawing.  Turnaround times are based on a swift decision. 

Finished Artwork

For newsprint finished artwork is provided as a correctly sized 72dpi JPEG.  For magazines and other print media colour is usually at 300dpi and B&W at 600dpi.


Turnaround can be in as little as a few hours.  At least 24 hours is more usual for newspaper work and up to a week for magazines etc.

Black & White or Colour?

For the classic, timeless look and for harder news B&W often works best.  Adding colour brings warmth and can make detail clearer.


Standard terms are for First Rights only.  Additional licensed uses can usually be agreed.

How do I get the best results?!

Well organised clients get the best work - by keeping emails short and clear, maintaining the entire email thread, providing good quality references, layout and brief - so allowing me to put the maximum amount of time into the drawing itself.

What's the best way to contact you

By far the best ways to contact me are by email or by filling in the webform boxes below.

Enquiry Form

To contact Cartoons and Caricatures by Luke Warm please send an email or fill in the form below.

Greencroft, Harton Cross, Hartland, Bideford EX39 6AE, UK

01237 441 559 / 0797 323 1577 - 9-5pm weekdays only

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Luke Warm is based in North Devon so most of his on the spot work is in the West Country - Devon (Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, Barnstaple, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Tavistock), Cornwall (Bodmin, Truro, Camborne, Redruth, St. Austell, Falmouth, Penzance, Newquay), Somerset (Taunton, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Wells, Glastonbury), Wiltshire (Trowbridge, Salisbury, Swindon, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Warminster), and Dorset (Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth, Sherborne, Wimborne Minster, Shaftesbury).  However from time to time he's tempted out of the sunny south west - often for conferences and events in South Wales, Birmingham or London. 
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