Mike's blog...

Please visit the Tidy Blog for web development, free stuff, Tidy news and marketing posts. "Mike's blog" is my journal, a mix of art, adventure and content marketing experiments. All opinions are my own.

Colin The Crab

I’m excited to introduce you to Colin The Canoe Lake Crab. He is a fascinating character who lives in Southsea, Portsmouth. Colin resides in Canoe Lake, where he navigates with his grand shell and powerful claws. This ancient, giant crab is a master of disguise, blending seamlessly into his surroundings while hunting for his favourite…

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Cartoon Boat Drawing

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working on a captivating project in Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth. The spec was to draw a charming property and bring to life a delightful character named Desmond the Dredger for a local author’s storybook. This project was a wonderful opportunity to blend my passion for art with cartoon…

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Pod Squad Artist

In 2024 I had an incredible opportunity to work on Pod Squad. A creative project for local charity ORCA, supported by Tesco. ORCA is dedicated to creating a community of ocean-loving kids across the UK, fostering a passion for whales, dolphins, porpoises, and the conservation of our oceans. It was a real honour to contribute….

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The Little Book of Southsea

Exciting news for all Southsea and Portsmouth enthusiasts! “The Little Book of Southsea” is on its way, bringing you delightful tales and funny poems set in our beloved seaside town. This books will feature stories like “The Southsea Seagull” and “The Palmerston Pigeon,” capturing the vibrant life of Southsea through engaging, fun narratives. Soon you…

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Keeping Creative

Earlier this week I received an amazing email from English lead at St Thomas More’s Primary School in Havant. Here is an extract: “I came across your poem: The Southsea Seagull and shared it with my Year 6 children and they just absolutely loved it. They loved the references to Southsea – they couldn’t believe…

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Looking Ahead to 2024

As we bid farewell to the first month of 2024, I reflect on the path that lies ahead. In the realm of creativity and business, I’m excited to reveal some new and exciting illustration projects. For Tidy Design, 2024 marks a chapter of evolution and progression. A business model that took root in 2007 will…

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Cute Cat Pen Sketch

I recently had the pleasure of creating a heartwarming pen sketch of an adorable cat, a truly unique and personalised gift. Whether you want to immortalise your own pet, or surprise a loved one with some custom artwork, I am here to bring your visions to life. Some stories, memories or gifts deserve to be…

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Osprey Head Pen Sketch

As the artist, I am thrilled to present this pen sketch of an osprey to celebrate a momentous 70th birthday. Crafting this piece was a labor of love, and it is my sincere hope that this artwork becomes a cherished keepsake. If you would like to commission some bespoke artwork as a gift, then please…

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NHS Artwork

Just a quick post to showcase some recent artwork I produced for Sussex LMNS. My core business Tidy Design has been an approved NHS supplier for several years. It is a great honour to work with the NHS on multiple projects. We’ve been fortunate to receive such kind recommendations, and even contribute towards a NHS…

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Tiger Face Drawing

Earlier this month I picked up a pencil to sketch a tiger, a drawing of a tigers face for my godson. He loves these silent hunters. Did you know a tiger’s stripes act as camouflage, allowing them to blend in and stalk its prey. I wanted to make this tigers face drawing a mixture of…

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Southsea Shell

Here is a recent drawing of mine, a pen sketch on watercolour paper, it’s called “Southsea Shell”. Since moving back to Southsea I have walked up and down Southsea Beach soooo many times! I actually went through a phase of taking a beach walk most evenings. Southsea Beach is a great place to clear your…

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A Website Designer in Southsea

Hello and welcome to my blog, my name is Mike and I design and create websites for a living. So… I’ve been running my own web design and marketing company for 16+ years, and I love living in Southsea! If you are looking for a website designer based in Southsea then please ping me a…

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A Website & Graphic Designer, Artist & Digital Marketing Consultant in Southsea, Portsmouth

Registered Address: 29c Clarendon Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2ED.