Category Archives: art

New site is live -come and see!

Dear friends,

It’s been a while – being a new dad has kept me wonderfully busy.

I’ve finally finished the new site,The World According to TipTop

Lots of challenges and fun in making it, I’d love it if you paid me a visit.

The URL is

My twitter profile is @Tip_Top_World.

I hope you don’t mind if I transfer your subscription across. I am getting support to do this soon.

Stay well and keep being creative!

Rob, aka Mr Oh / TipTop! X



Development Sketches with new Cintiq 13HD

Hello wonderful people,

I am now the incredibly fortunate owner of the new Wacom Cintiq 13HD. Yahoodydoodie!  It was very expensive but easily the best investment I have ever made in my passion of cartooning. It is such a pleasure to use and such an immersive creative experience. It motivates me to get up at 5.30am or draw late at night (the only time I can create with a busy job and a family).

Anyway, I wanted to share some of the experimental sketches I have done with it and with Manga Studio. I have made a bit of progress with the web site and am beginning to understand the customisation process of themes.

One of the ideas  below may be familiar to you (Mantas) – I wanted to trial drawing an old idea with the new gear. The sketch of the old man with the bird is a style I used to work with back in the day: watercolour with pen and ink – now possible again in the digital realm with the new equipment. Anyway, these are just ideas I’m throwing out there.

TipTop tips his hat to you and wishes you an awesome bank holiday weekend!


mantra 8 by 11 300dpi  as pngOld man and bird PNG for web


TipTop and Josie sketch


woods png

Experimenting with Manga Studio 5

blue dude

Hello peeps! Another update.

Development in graphics software I’ve just bought Manga Studio 5, some software for comic creation and have just started mucking around with it, that I am keen to grow my style into. The picture above is a random idea that came to me when trying it out tonight.  I had been using the excellent Sketchbook Pro  and ArtStudio.

Hardware developments: I have been using an iPad for drawing up until now but Manga Studio works with a graphics tablet. I currently have a Wacom Bamboo, which is great, but you don’t draw straight onto the screen, which is what I much prefer, so I’m saving for the new Cintiq 13HD.

Website developments: I have started creating a new website using, under the  title of “The World According to TipTop”. Technically, I am finding it quite challenging but it is good to learn. It won’t be visible until I’m happy with it and until it has been populated with drawings but I wanted to give an update every now and then.

Hope you are well. I am now back at school, teaching on not much sleep, what with all the baby business, but I am a very happy daddy.

Catch you later!

Rob x

At the Museum of Curiosity

TipTop and Josie are at an art museum and looking at a giant question mark installation. TipTop: "It's beautiful, don't you think?"

Mr Oh launches new online Comic – introducing…

Hiya peeps. Well here it is, my first comic strip. The World According to TipTop. I’m wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night excited about it. Go on and share my enthusiasm, won’t you?

If you’re already following Mr Oh (did I mention that you’re awesome), you can look forward to your TipTop humour fix each week. Nice.

Please give the launch a boost: I would love you even more if you choose to share this post with any of your mates who might enjoy it. 🙂

If you’ve chanced upon this somehow, then why not sign up at! It’s a free subscription, will reduce your stress levels by around 37.7%*  and may even change your life forever. Honest. It also makes the perfect Christmas present and you won’t even have to wrap it up.

Thanks, everyone. I’m off to draw some more sheep and top hats… x

Next week: What to expect from The World According to TipTop

*Totally made-up unsubstantiated claim although I do know that laughter really is the best medicine.

Don’t you hate it when…?

Don’t you hate it when someone asks, “Are you all right?” the second you stub your toe or bang your head?

Don’t you hate it when a car childishly overtakes you in a 30mph zone? (“Go on, have your little victory.”)

Don’t you hate it when a cashier asks, “Do you want a bag with that?” when you’ve bought something tiny?

Don’t you hate it when all your non-iron shirts are in the wash and you have to actually do some ironing?

Don’t you hate it when your two-year-old’s bottom explodes at 3 in the morning?

Don’t you hate it when the bank you’ve been with for 20 years sends you impersonal bank loan offers?

Don’t you hate it when people don’t bother to say thank you?

Don’t you hate it when you have to pay British Telecom £2.40 because you DIDN’T make a phone call?

Don’t you hate it when a stranger tells you to “Cheer up”?

Don’t you hate it when you watch back a TV program you recorded and it stops short 10 minutes before the end?

Don’t you hate it when people think your daughter is a boy?

Don’t you hate it when you make the effort to go for a much-needed swim and you forget your goggles or swimming trunks?

Don’t you hate it when you pull a muscle doing Yoga?

Don’t you hate it when you get two hours sleep, then you miss lunch, trap your finger in a door, send an angry email to someone you shouldn’t by accident, then come home and accidentally crush an innocent snail under your shoe?

What is your “Don’t you hate it when…”?

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