Category Archives: Painting

Sea life illustrations

One of my resolutions for this year is to draw more – be it sketching, illustrations or painting, putting pen to paper is a must for 2019! As we approach mid-March I am pretty happy with my progress thus far, I’m probably averaging a few pieces of artwork each weekend.

For anyone in business (or with an entrepreneurial mind-set), I guess personal hobbies and activities naturally evolve into that next big business idea! Truth be told; I never intended my “draw more in 2019” resolution to become more than that, however this “natural evolution” mentioned above has led me towards a sea life art project.

Sea Life Art

My mission over the next nine months is to build up a large collection of sea life illustrations, varying in styles and design. The end goal is not only to sell canvases and prints via a funky looking website, but use this website (my artwork) to help promote “illustration services” to potential clients. I guess you’d call it an extension to the Tidy Design business model and website, a USP (unique selling point).

Anyway, below I have uploaded a small selection of this years “Sea Life Art” – I hope you like them, please stay tuned for more news on this exciting project.

Whale illustration

Treasure chest illustration

Stingray illustration

Conger eel illustration

Dolphin illustration

Baby turtle illustration

Lighthouse illustration

Over the next few days I plan to upload a few more sea life illustrations to this tidy blog post, please check back! Until then, have a good week / weekend and thank you for visiting.


Portsmouth Skyline

Are you looking for a free Portsmouth skyline photo, sketch effect or painting? Using a photo I took last weekend in Gosport, I have today created yet another tidy freebie for you to use on commercial or non-commercial projects.

Photo - Portsmouth Skyline

Photo – Portsmouth Skyline

Sketch - Portsmouth Skyline

Sketch – Portsmouth Skyline

Painting - Portsmouth Skyline

Painting – Portsmouth Skyline

If you decide to use these Portsmouth skyline images as part of your project, please tell us about it below. Finally, you are not permitted to resell or distribute our Free Stuff via any third party sites – Please keep this in mind, be awesome!

Download Images (.ZIP)

Professional eBook Cover Designer

If you are seeking a professional looking eBook cover that grabs attention then look no further! Earlier this week I was fortunate to have my second eBook approved by Kindle, another kids book I created for my baby boy.

Professional eBook Cover Designer

A to Z for Kids [Kindle Edition]

I feel the above book cover works well because it incorporates some of my illustrations, giving you an idea how the book will look inside. Lets face it, standing out on the bookshelf is pretty difficult, especially when more and more people self-publish, use social media and work extremely hard to promote their works.

As we live in a digital age, I would suggest using a digital designer for any eBook covers or artwork. Certain things such as load time are important, especially from a user and device storage perspective. As KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) point out during the eBook submission process, “A book is judged by its cover! Your cover image can have a direct impact on your readers…”

KDP also say, “For best quality, your image would be 1563 pixels on the shortest side and 2500 pixels on the longest side” so make sure you use these dimensions and save the final .jpg or .tif(f) file for web/mobile devices.

As a digital design company Tidy Design would be delighted to help with any eBook covers or book illustration work you may have. Please contact us today with some more information on your eBook requirements.

Painting is so much fun, everyone should do it!

At Tidy Design we love everything creative! Be it digital design, creating websites, writing, photography, watercolours, sketching, oil painting etc! We enjoy it all!

During a trip to Italy last month I found time to pick up my sketchpad and start illustrating characters for a children’s storybook I am developing… You can find out more about this project at

Anyway, since returning back to the UK I have re-ignited my passion for fine art and painting! After a busy day at the office it is a great way to switch off, relax and unwind! Everyone should do it!

Below I have uploaded a few photos taken yesterday afternoon, the spec ‘to draw and paint two canvases for my little boys nursery!’

Tidy Design Painting

Above: Here I pencilled out the basic outline of Roo from a storybook my wife purchased for our little boy…

Tidy Design Painting

Above: I then went on to apply colour to Roo’s jumper, you will see I used darker blue to create depth and detail…

Tidy Design Painting

Above: Likewise I added some colour to Roo’s face, hands and legs…

Tidy Design Painting

Above: Finally I spent some time adding some real depth and detail to the painting…

If you require any bespoke artwork, maybe a children’s storybook illustrated or some graphic design work for your business then please get in touch. We would love to here about your requirements!

Enjoy what remains of the weekend! Come on Rafa!