For Luke Sawh, Art, Animation and Creative Engineering has been a life long passion. Born and educated in the UK, he grew up with a special interest towards the form and mechanics of the world around him. It was the movie special effects industry that had the greatest impact on his life and would eventually lead him to a career in the entertainment industry.

In 1987, soon after graduating, with distinction from Loughborough College of Art and Design, he was keen to apply his talents directly to the industry in order to acquire more technical experience. Within a month he had secured a position as a freelance model and prop maker with a focus on Animatronics and character design. He continued to gain experience in these fields though contracts in the entertainment industry, including Film, TV and theater.

In 1992, after being offered a rare opportunity to continue his artwork and creative engineering overseas, he achieved a position within a company in Orlando, Florida, USA. After almost 2 years of service with this company, working on local theme park and restaurant projects, he eventually gained residential status and founded his own business Animated Ideas. Through this business, he has been able to continue creative artwork and use his knowledge and experience to assist individuals and companies in many areas of production. His projects have ranged from shop window displays and concept models to TV props and Theme park attractions. Contracts have also included overseas consulting for animated character development in Indonesia and Italy

In 1999, the need for a larger workshop initiated a project that would require extensive research and a deviation from the type of project that he would normally undertake… This project was the management and construction of a reinforced concrete Geodesic Dome house/office and dome workshop. The structure focuses on the superior strength of the concrete-shelled geodesic geometry combined with the energy efficient properties of Styrofoam walls which insulate the entire building. In a State that is renowned for the destructive forces of nature, this structure offers added protection for on going work as well as a sensitive concern for our environmental energy and material consumption. This building and Luke Sawh were also showcased on an "environmental report" for WESH, Channel 2 TV news station, during its construction in September 1999.

Luke Sawh continues to provide his services to the entertainment and exhibition industry as well as producing custom artwork and scale model buildings for individuals or companies.

It is the passion for artwork in motion that drives this artist to succeed in every project and produce the finest quality artwork possible.

        Project Involvement
        Project involvement

Eucalyptus Properties

Property development model

Spitting Image Engineering, (UK)

  • Animatronic character development, production & supervision for show and presentation situations

Loggia Architecture

Architectural Scale model

Special Effects Universal. (UK)

  • TV show set fabrication
Revivals Inc.
  • Polynesian Resort display
  • Disney Home Store display

Animated Extras, (UK)

Entech Creative Industries Inc.
  • Continental Airlines - US Open 2009 - Tennis Ball Plane
  • The Simpsons Ride - Universal Studios
  • Las Vegas Water Sculpture
  • Magiquest Haunted Attraction
  • Disney's It's a Small World
  • Toys R Us Ferris wheel, NYC
  • Universal Studios, various shows and ride areas for Orlando & Hollywood
  • FAO Schwarz, various store displays
  • Trade show display props
  • Disney's Galaxy Search show
Ann Tilby/ Ken Russell (UK)
Michael Whiteley Associates (UK)
  • Model and props design and fabrication for theatre shows including: "Phantom of the Opera", "Prince of the Pagodas", "Travatori", "King Rat", "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "The Big Friendly Giant"
  • Movie props for: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and  "Eric the Viking"
  • Exhibition props for: "The Armada 400 Centenary", " The Oxford Story", "Expo 92 - Seville, Spain", Madame Tussauds "Rock Circus-London" and "Scenerama - Amsterdam"
  • Giant Pop-up book stage for Disneyland Paris
Icarus Exhibits
  • Winnie the Pooh Store Photo Op.
  • Animal Kingdom snack kiosk
Eagle Models
  • Models and special effects props for TV commercials and Photographic stills
  • Animated Dolphin for the movie "The Fruit Machine"
Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Various park props and services
  • Animated Lizard mech. for storefront
Integrity Attractions
  • Disney's Toy Story Parade
  • Safari World Theme Park, Bangkok
Celtic Engineering
Website Design -
Jimbo and Associates
  • Internal Disney commercial props.
  • Scale model work for Beauty and the Beast on ice
  • Mechanical TV commercial  props
Website Design -
Universal Creative
  • Concept model for Spiderman ride at Universal Islands of Adventure
Four Kids Productions
  • Mechanical props for TV show
DUO Associates
Advanced Development Attractions
  • Animatronic character production, Italy

Jaya Ancol

  • Animatronic character design & production, Indonesia
Kinetix Group Inc.
  • Rocky & Bullwinkle show for Universal Studios, FL
  • Giant Clock face and characters for FAO Schwarz
  • Jaws Ride at Universal Studios, FL
  • Animated restaurant characters
  • Mold production for giant Foxwood Casino statue
  • Ride vehicle for Japanese Theme Park

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