Category Archives: illustrations

Art Doodles

They say that your biggest critic (apart from yourself) is your children. As an adult, we shy aware from confrontation, criticism and candidness. Our children however are blunt, brutal and bullish. Not that this is a bad thing. To hear both of my sons say that Mummy’s macaroni cheese is the best in the world, is a compliment like no other. To hear however, that they would prefer Daddy to draw them a picture because Mummy’s not very good at it, well its a good job that I’m thick skinned. At least they are honest!

alien sketch colour in

It is no surprise that Mike is a great illustrator. As well as doing doodles at home, he has also illustrated for clients including NHS MyMaternity, and illustrated his own childrens books. Not a day goes by without either of our children asking him to draw something for them. Latest themes include Ghostbusters, aliens and scary clowns. Mike refused to draw the latter! I am proud to say that my eldest son Isaac, is following in Mike’s footsteps and is great at drawing. Where at the age of 30, I still draw stick men, Isaac, aged 6, can draw hugely detailed sea creatures, rockets, monsters, aliens… the list goes on. He even won the schools colouring in competition for his year group at Christmas time.

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Drawing is a massive part of both our business and family life. Had Mike not have been so creative, I doubt Tidy Design would be where it is today. His creativeness has influenced most projects that we have been fortunate to have been involved in. And with Isaac following in his footsteps, we need not worry about his future either. A mini member, is just what Tidy is looking for!

Here are some recent examples of Mike’s sketches for the kids;

alien head sketch

cartoon frog sketch

ghostbuster logo sketch

monster head sketch

ghostbuster man sketch

zombie cartoon swketch

Gandalf the wizard sketch illustration

Rosie

My Maternity Website

Over the past few months Tidy Design has been working closely with NHS England to design and develop a web based portal for expecting mums. It was great to receive some glowing feedback from the project manager yesterday…

“We chose to work with Tidy Design as they had designed another local maternity app ‘mybirthplace.org’. We have been so impressed with the experience we have had; having regular updates and contact with the team. When we have wanted changes made these have been undertaken in a timely manner and we always experienced a very professional and dedicated team… Thank you so much for your amazing work!” – Donna Evans (NHS NORTH EAST HAMPSHIRE AND FARNHAM)

You can find out more about My Maternity at mymaternity.org.uk. Below I have uploaded a batch of illustrations I created for this project:

Have a great Feb and best wishes from us all here!

Mike

A quick festive update…

We are finally here… December! Since our last blog post, Team Tidy has been extremely busy with several new and existing projects. Jonno has been a trooper developing and supporting software for Kidney Research UK.

Luke has been busy designing a new and exciting web app, MyMaternity, which enables women to make informed decisions on where they can have their babies.

Mike’s feet rarely touch the ground and has had two meetings and a conference in the past week alone. And as for me, I have been dealing with VAT deadlines, payroll, invoicing and the incredibly important task of hanging the tinsel up.

We have settled nicely into our lovely new office at Port Solent, and we are building some nice friendships with other fellow businesses within the building. Julie, the manageress of Pure Offices regularly puts on a coffee morning, with the last one being held on Halloween. Each office could enter the pumpkin carving competition, and we are very proud to announce that Mike won the competition with his fantastic design!

I have now informed him that we will be entering the gingerbread house competition which is being held at the office Christmas get together, much to his dismay.

Mike has also put his creative flare to good use, with some amazing illustrations that he drew for the project MyMaternity. For all the parents out there who have had a baby of their own, we know that during pregnancy we become obsessed over how big our baby is compared to a fruit or vegetable. Mike has drawn 36 illustrations all of fruit and veg, which enables the user of MyMaternity to see what size her baby is during her weeks of pregnancy. We are still however unsure what a Swiss Chard is, even after several Google searches of it.

We now have less than 3 weeks left till the big day, and with home and the office decorated with all sorts of festive treats, we are ready for the main event. Our workload however is far from complete… With impending deadlines and more meetings in the diary, we are still firing on all cylinders and there is no chance of winding down just yet. But when it reaches the evening of the 22nd December, you can be sure that we will all be well and truly ‘clocked off’ for a gloriously long week and a bit.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, thank you for reading.

Rosie

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our Tidy Design office will be closing on Friday 22nd December (mid-day), and re-opening on Wednesday 3rd January 2018. If anything urgent crops up during the festive holidays then please do email support[at]tidydesign.com, we will get back to you ASAP!

Grapevine – Pen Sketch

Following my recent olive tree pen sketch post I thought I would upload these grapevine sketches, here I decided to record my illustration using a short photo time-lapse. Enjoy!

Grapevine Pen Sketch 01

Grapevine Pen Sketch 02

Grapevine Pen Sketch 03

Grapevine Pen Sketch 04

Grapevine Pen Sketch 05

Please feel free to post your comments below or check out our tidy illustration page. I am planning to add loads more sketches, paintings and other creative stuff over the coming weeks/months so please stay tuned – thanks for visiting!

Mike

Olive Tree – Pen Sketch

Whilst on holiday in Italy this summer I did a lot of drawings, most of these doodles got given to my two boys who coloured them in, however a couple I kept for myself… Below is an olive tree, a quick pen sketch I did following a drive around Umbria, viewing its many olive gardens.

Olive Tree - Pen Sketch

Here are a few photographs I took of an olive garden, some pretty spectacular scenery;

Olive Trees 03

Olive Trees 02

Olive Trees 01

Following my olive tree sketch I started work on an olive tree branch, probably my favourite doodle of the holiday…

Olive Branch Sketch 01

Olives Sketch 02

Olive Branch Illustration

Personally I find illustration, fine art, painting etc a great escape… It really helps me to unwind and switch off from the busy World we live, a World heavily influenced by tech, social media and computer screens. So to conclude; I hope you liked my olive tree / olive branch sketches, please visit our illustration page for more tidy art, doodles and paintings…

Mike

Drawing to a close for 2016!

As we are drawing to a close for 2016, Team Tidy is drastically trying to get projects complete, updates signed off and all to-do lists highlighted with ticks.

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This morning I ordered another 200 Nespresso capsules, only a mere five weeks after I placed the last order. That works out at 4 espressos a day for each of Mike and Jonno. If only the rest of the world could be powered with our version of fuel… coffee!

The more we get signed off however, the more work that keeps coming in. We are by no means complaining, we love how our business has evolved over the years and most especially over the past few months, but things at our HQ in Old Portsmouth are far from winding down. Mike has recently got back into the design elements of the business, and is relishing the opportunity to design something that doesn’t involve creating and drawing scary sea life creatures for our two young children.

sea-monster-illustration

shark-illustration

animal-illustrations

Jonno’s keyboard is in overtime and there is a constant musical tap that can be heard from the other side of the room. I wager that no one can type quicker than him! And for me, well amongst bookkeeping and ordering the coffee, I try to keep an optimistic face on it all. I like to think we have a happy office atmosphere, and for some strange reason we all differ so much from each other, but we just click. Pardon the pun.

We say it every year, but without out our loyal customers, old and new, we would not be in this very fortunate position.

We are still avidly recruiting, and are searching for someone who can contribute to our ever growing empire. If you think you fit the bill, then we would love to see your CV and portfolio, which you can email to jobs@tidydesign.com. It remains to be seen whether our Nespresso intake will increase as well!

Rosie Ward

Android App Development

I am delighted to announce that Tina The Christmas Turkey, A to Z for Kids and Montgomery Moon have all reached the Play store – This time next year we’ll be millionaires!!

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As well as developing websites and brands for awesome clients, we also do a spot of app development… This month I set aside time for a few neglected personal projects – The spec; get Jordan stuck into some Android app development and make each book available on the Play store :)

All in all I am very happy with the end result – Both Tina The Christmas Turkey and A to Z for Kids are free apps, these promote Montgomery Moon (this one costs 69p) at the end of the book. I thought this would work well and encourage people to buy the app, time will tell.

It would be great to hear your thoughts and feedback on the above, if you have any questions (or maybe your own Android app idea) then please do give us a call or email.

FREE Light Bulb Sketch

Hello Friend! Are you looking for a free light bulb sketch? Great news, we have today created a couple of free tidy doodles for you to download…

FREE Light Bulb Sketch

Download (JPG)

You can use these free light bulb illustrations on any kind of project, commercial or non-commercial. All we ask in return is not to re-sell or distribute our work via any third party sites. If you like or use these free light bulbs, be a tidy dude and help us promote this page. A share, tweet or link would be much appreciated!

Check out our FREE Stuff page…

Working with the NHS

Today we have been putting the finishing touches to a new NHS web application; My Birthplace is a great little app with lots of potential and lots planned for 2014!

My Birthplace

My Birthplace – mybirthplace.org

Working with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been pretty awesome, it took a few meetings and a design concept or two to get this project confirmed however we have built up a great working relationship. Stay tuned for more news on My Birthplace plus a couple of other NHS apps we are now discussing – Exciting times for all involved!

Visit My Birthplace