Weasleys Wizard Wheezes
We were watching the Harry Potter films again recently and I thought I'd have a go at drawing the oversized animated mannequin outside the Weasley shop in Diagon Alley

The mannequin is of course based on Fred and George, the Weasley twins, but it is more than just a facsimile of them.

It turned into a little more than just the mannequin, almost an advert for the shop but I took the decision to not use any words on it just let the image speak for itself.

Surrounded by some of the magical products that the Weasley's produced and of course the rabbit under the hat. If I ever get a chance I'll produce a special edition of this with a glow in the dark rabbit that you can't see when it is light.

I have added this to my Redbubble store as a t-shirt design or small art print if you want one.

Doctor Who - The Long Way Round
Say what you want about Peter Capaldi's incarnation of The Doctor, this episode of the new series was a tour de force of acting, writing and production.

It had me thinking and contemplating long after the episode was broadcast and that is a hard thing to do in today's instant gratification style of TV.

So I knew I had to create something based on the episode and this alternative episode title poster is what I came up with.

Even if you had seen this before the episode I don't think it gives away any mysteries fully and gives a few clues to the contents.

I wanted to feature so many things, and dropped quite a few along the way ! The castle had to be featured in what I think it would look like when fully rotated into it's starting position.

I haven't got any plans to make this avilable to purchase yet, but I may do in the near future so keep an eye out on twitter.

Below are a couple of closeups of some of the detail as you can't see all of it in the small preview, click on each one for a larger version.

Whos Negan ?
I was listening to a Walking Dead podcast the other day when the sound clip of "Who's Negan" was played in isolation and I immediately knew I wanted to create a quote t-shirt design

I saw Michael Cudlitz, star of LOST and that little known zombie TV show The Walking Dead, in London last weekend at Walker Stalker Con (some photographs here)

So I had some great reference shots, I created the face consisting only of hair, and I think it is instantly recognisable if you watch the tv series.

I added the text in style similar to the comic book title, it started off with about 4 colours but in the end I decided to make it all one colour.

It has been added to my Redbubble store if you want to get a t-shirt, mug or even a pillow with this on.

As to the question of who Negan is, I'm sure we will find out soon, and I am fairly sure he isn't good news for our favourite group of Zombie Apocalypse survivors.

Agent Carter - Council Of Nine
This symbol is quite prominent in Agent Carter Season 2, although that isn't the first time we saw it on screen.

It was first seen in an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode just before Christmas and is part of the Hydra legacy / history.

Since it was fairly significant I thought I'd have a go at producing my own version and this is it.

I have also added it to Redbubble if you want to see it on a t-shirt.

While I was creating it I also had a go at a couple of other Agent Carter season 2 items, the Isodyne Energy logo and the sign from the Talent Agency that hides the SSR in LA.

These haven't bee put anywhere yet, but if I get any feedback requesting them I could be persuaded :-)

Rebel Ahsoka
I have been wanting to do this for quite some time ever since her re-appearance in Star Wars Rebels.

An update of my Ahsoka Tano design created for Star Wars The Clone Wars quite a few years ago now.

This time, no longer a Jedi in training, and much changed since her youthful days, I wanted to make it fit with the previous design which meant of course using the Rebel symbol.

I tried may permutations of them together and I think this is the best combination.

I have now added this design to Redbubble so if you get one of these let me know via twitter, I'd love to see the finished product.

Below is a comparison of the Clone wars and Rebels versions that were created almost exactly 4 years apart.

Reys Staff
Star Wars The Force Awakens has been quite a phenomenon in terms of box office and proof that a great story can be continued if the right people are involved.

One of the most fascinating characters in the film for me, apart from BB8 of course, is Rey. Her unknown history which I'm sure we will find more about in the next two films, and the ability to harness the force seemingly without any training is quite an enigma and one I will definitely enjoy seeing unfold.

Her survival skills and time on Jakku have produced many things, but one thing really caught my attention, her staff, made out of scrap. Initially I wanted to create a t-shirt design to go along with my Pinky and the Brain / BB8 design, but something else clicked in my head and out came the notion to create my own staff made out of scrap.

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Partly I think it was doing something a little more practical other than digital design and partly so I had something unusual to take with me to Star Wars Celebration Europe in July.

I first had a look around to see what was available commercially, which isn't much, there are a few fancy dress items available but those seem to mostly be moulded plastic and are quite small. I then looked to see if anyone else had made one themselves and found a few people had.

The Rey staffs I had seen were nice but in the end I felt that I didn't want to follow someone elses method and could do it in my own unique way. So the principals I set myself were to use as much stuff from around the house as possible, as I have collected a lot of useful rubbish over the years, but also make the staff portable.

The reason for the portable requirement was that carrying a 5 to 6 foot staff made out of junk on trains or through crowded streets when travelling to a convention could be a little awkward, so the more compact I could make it the better.

The picture above shows my initial haul of stuff, the only thing not recycled is the staff itself, and before you say there is no 6ft staff in the picture, I can assure you it is there.

The staff is the one thing I did purchase, after some research into plastic and metal plumbing pipes, as well as wood dowels, in order to keep it light but strong I decided upon carbon fibre.

I ordered some from a company in Hong Kong via eBay at a very reasonable price and it was delivered very quickly. The next issue was joining the tubes to make one big staff that can easily be assembled and disassembled when required.

The solution was fairly simple, use some snooker / pool cue fittings that are used to extend the length of the cue. I also ordered some wooden dowells to fit inside the carbon tube, and my Brother in law kindly provided some much needed assistance to drill the holes in the end of the dowells.

As you can see on the right of the picture above I had a staff that is approximately 150cm tall as each carbon fibre tube was 50cm in length. I knew I was going to add something to the ends so the length would be between 150 and 200 cm.

Here you can see the staff with a couple of the junk items I had available just loosly fitted. I chose a diameter of 20mm for the tube as I knew I had some 22mm plumbing parts and these have an internal diameter of 20mm which fit very nicely onto the tube.

The two things you can see fitted are a radiator valve and a simple plastic plumbing pipe connector. If you look in the initial junk picture above you can see it in one piece, I just sawed the ends off and it fits like a glove because of the rubber O ring in it that keeps it in place.

The radiator values at either end have been in the house for about 5 years when we had our heating re-plumbed. If you wander around our house you will see them on the radiators. I wanted three of these to try and match the look of the staff in the film, but more on the third later.

As you can see at the top of the photograph the metal collar and plastic shaft stick out a bit when it is in its unaltered state. This didn't look right so I knew it would have to be altered. I took it apart and you can see the contents, I cut off the collar at the bottom and reglued the shaft back inside and it looked about right. I later took of the metal ring altogether as it really wasn't needed.

Next I needed to tackle an item I had no clue about what it was, it is possibly an impellar from some sort of Imperial / First Order pump, but in reallity I was stuck. The only option I had was to create one. I used a piece of plastic tubing from an old fish pond fountain as the core, cut a disc of scrap wood for the base and cut some blades / fins from some scrap plastic trunking, shaving down the ends to approximate the part seen on Rey's staff.

The end result, when painted a uniform colour, is something I am very pleased with.

Next I wanted to look for some of what appears to be ridged grip in quite a few places along the length of the staff.

I knew I had some electical trunking that would do the job, but I didn't want to use that for every part so I started looking around. I found a couple of tile scrapers that were purchased many years ago and hardly used in a bathroom renovation. The handles looked about the right size and indeed they fitted almost perfectly, I say almost as they are a very tight fit, and I don't think I'll be able to get them off now they are properly in place. I moved the from where they are in the picture, which took a lot of effort, as they were better suited in another position.

I then went back to look for the electrical trunking for the rest of the grips and while I was hunting it out I serendipitously found a third spare radiator valve ! Fantastic news as it saved me having to try and find something else that fitted. I simply drilled a hole in the top and fitted a wooden disc at the base to make it a simple thing to slide onto the staff.

As you can see in the picture above this is a third of the staff with all the components dry fitted. The large white ridged section is an old waste pipe that was cut down to fit in the space, it isn't as close to the section on the screen prop as I'd like, but it was the best thing I could find. Also shown is the cog like item that is on the staff, again I had nothing that would match it so I created my own version, just cut a disc out of some scrap wood and cut some rough teeth into it.

The next think to tackle was the middle section and the fabric and leather handle. I had some off cuts of leather, the fabric is an old cotton shopping bag and I used a little stuffing from a cat bed to pad out the fabric sections for more comfort.

I hot glued the stuffing lightly in place, wrapped one layer of fabric over it and then a top layer that had been aged (rubbed in mud, washed in pond water and air dried), followed by the leather strips.

Then it was time to start painting, all the removable components got a couple of coats of red primer as you can see.

I did contemplate painting the whole thing, apart from the fabric and leather, but in the end decided to leave the staff and conduit pieces as they were to keep it looking as though they are all separate junk items, which they actually are !

While the paint was drying the next job was to create the fastenings for the carrying strap. As I already had some leather that seemed the logical choice to use, all it would take was creating the right sized strips, adding some press stud fastenings and trying it out.

The metal loops you can see were just something that was in an old drawer of bits it seemed to be about the right size and I think it looks good.

A small alteration to the original plan was to glue another strip of leather between the two used on each end of the strap to keep the metal ring and straps together if I remove it when there is a Jakku / First Order battle to fight at Celebration :-) I have seen pictures with the strap removed so apart from being practical it is also more realistic.

This next picture shows the painted items, with a little distressing, fitted to the end of the staff. If you look at the screen version there is an extra little section at the end, I created a version out of some scrap plastic discs and a radiator end cap.

Not sure if I like it at the moment, so I may not fit it, or I may have another go at creating it.

Here is a picture of the staff in its disassembled state, ready for transport.
Finally a couple of pictures of me holding the staff in various action poses, ready for scavenging duties on Jakku !

I took the staff to a local comic con a couple of days ago to see what issues there might be in carrying around and it was surprisingly easy. When I arrived I started assembling it and a little boys voice made its way to my ears "Dad, dad that's Rey's Staff" that sort of made it all worthwhile and I knew what I had created wasn't simply a pile of assembled junk !

Brain Ball Mk-VIII
Spoiler Alert !

Ok so this scene may not make it into the final cut of the new Star Wars film, but I bet you now won't be able to watch The force Awakens without thinking about this :-)

Pinky : What are we going to do tonight Brain ?

Brain : The same thing we do every night Pinky, try to take over a Galaxy far far away.

My favourite mice staring in my favourite movie series.

I have had lots of requests for this, so it is now available on Redbubble

Time Of The Doctor at TeeBusters
The good folk at Teebusters.com, the limited edition, screen printed, t-shirt website, have chosen my Doctor Who "Time Of The Doctor" design to go on sale, starting on Monday the 19th of October.

It will be available for just 48 hours on a high quality screen printed t-shirt and hoodie at the incredibly cheap price of just £7.50.

I am also giving away a poster version of the design to someone who purchases the t-shirt, simply tweet a picture of it to me (@ZORT70) or post it on my Facebook page and I will draw a random winner.

Librarian Window
Would you like to work in a Library ?

I was always a fan of the funny little Librarian movies, they had a sort of rustic charm, an action adventure series that managed to rise above its limited budget. Plus it had Noah Wyle in it which was always going to be a good move.

When a TV series based on the stories was announced I was as usual sceptical, but again the TV show is rising above its humble beginnings, it sort of fills a gap that Warehouse 13 and Eureka left when they ended.

It actually took me six months to finish this ! Not six months drawing it, but to get it ready for Redbubble and actually adding it.

Hopefully it was worth the wait, and if you are a true Librarian you will be able to decode its meaning.

I have put it up onto Redbubble if you want to go take a look.

Fringe Celebration T-Shirt
It has been a while since I added a new Fringe design to Cafépress but I decided to add this now as it is close to the anniversary date of the start of the show.

I originally created this as a one off t-shirt just for myself to wear at the London film and Comic Con this year where John Noble was attending.

While I was there I got a lot of positive comments and questions about it so I decided to add it to CP.

You might recognise the design as it is part of the Celebration Poster design I created to celebrate the final episode of the show.

It features the Observer Typography, with all the Glyph code words and the first people calendar as a backdrop.

Either click the image or click here to go to my Cafepress Fringe store.

If you want more Fringe fun this year follow @OnTheFringe365 on Twitter to find out what is happening.

Falling Skies - Mason Militia
When you encounter alien Espheni overlords, you'll want the Mason Militia to save you.

Celebrating the imminent end of the Falling Skies journey, I thought the Mason boys needed a t-shirt of their own.

The term "Mason Militia" has been mentioned a few times in this final season so I thought I'd try and create a military style patch for their members.

Featuring the four Mason men (Matt is all grown up now right ?) and also the three ring symbol that Lexi wore as a necklace.

At the bottom is the phrase that Weaver got Matt to repeat to try and distract him from being afraid when all looked hopeless at the end of season 4.

The design is now up for voting now on Teebusters and Qwertee, if you have a moment to vote as always I'd appreciate it.

If you simply can't wait, and want one for next weeks final episode (snif) then I have also put it onto Redbubble, click here to see it.

Ghost Benders at Teebusters
The very nice people at Teebusters, the limited edition t-shirt website, have chosen my Futurama "Ghost Benders" design to go on sale, starting on Friday the 21st of August.

It will be available for just 48 hours on a high quality screen printed t-shirt and hoodie at the incredibly cheap price of just £7.50.

If you like the design and want a poster version of it I do have a very small number available in my online store
The shirt is now live, head on over to Teebusters and take a look and if you can share the details on social media I'd appreciate it.

Straight Outta Trumpton
Yes there are many parodies of the movie title and poster for Straight Outta Compton, but this is my uniquely British take.

If you remember Trumpton then you are as young (erm old) as me, if you don't remember it, have a look on YouTube, technically it started before I was born, but it got repeated nearly every year for quite a large part of my early childhood.

A stop motion animation classic, with narration by Brian Cant. Trumpton was the second of the three distinct shows to be made, all featuring the same fictional county in England.

If you are not familiar with the characters in the image they are the Trumptonshire Fire Brigade, who's members are famously called "Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub".

A few people have asked me whether this is available to purchase, I wasn't going to do that, but as they asked I added it to my Redbubble store

Imaginative Ink UK T-Shirt Store

At last there is a UK alternative to the Print on Demand t-shirt market !

Imaginative Ink is a new web store specialising in geeky and pop culture reference t-shirts, a welcome relief for all those of us in the UK and Europe that have to rely on US services and the postage charges / issues that entails.

I have added a couple of designs for now, but I will add more soon, so head on over there and take a look.

Dark Matter
In case you haven't stumbled across it yet, Dark Matter is a new SciFi / spaceship based TV show being shown by the SyFy channel in the UK.

The first episode starts with a crew waking up on their ship with no memories of who they are. The series is progressing with the layers of mystery about their past being revealed.

It is created and produced by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, two of the main people behind Startgate SG1.

It has a really rich world (galaxy ?) of settings and information to take in and digest, which gives me lots of opportunity to recreate and build on that world and create some interesting things.

The first above is based on the Galactic Authority logo.

The badge on it's own is below, followed by two profile icon designs based on the house emblem of "Four" (makes sense when you have watched the show) I recreated the emblem and then made the icon with it as an illustrator pattern.

This next poster is based on the seventh episode and those that have seen it will know it's significance.

I loved the display showing the charge level and thought I'd have a go at recreating it in vector form and made it into a promo poster for the show.

finally for now is another poster, featuring the image of one of the space stations encountered in the show, and the logo of Transfer Transit, a travel company of sorts that has a significant role in one of the episodes.

In the background of the poster is a nice little design that was featured in the same episode as a sort of window frame, I liked the look of it so I created my version as a simple vector to use as the background.

I have created one other thing that you may have seen on Twitter, but I'm going to work on that as a potential t-shirt design and I'll post it here when it is finished.

I have created a Dark Matter tag on the website so if you want to see everything in one place use this link

Strangeness In Space
What do you do when you are stuck orbiting a far off planet with a square sun and caught in a shoe storm ?

Yes I did say shoe storm :-)

I was inspired to create this after listening to the first episode that was just released of Strangeness in Space.

This is a brand new original comedy audio play / podcast starring Doctor Who's Sophie Aldred and Saturday Morning TV favourites Trev and Simon, plus a cast of many other famous voices.

Find out more and listen to the first episode for free by clicking here.

Siege Of The TARDIS at Comic Con !
We all want to go to San Diego Comic Con right ?

At least the geeks that I know do, but what would it be like if you were featured at SDCC as an artist ? I am about to find out !

BBC America put out a call for people to submit fan art from the most recent series / season of Doctor Who, I decided to update my Siege of The TARDIS poster to make it a little more complete, with the names of the cast and crew involved and make the title stand out a little more.

What you see to the left is the end result, and this is what I submitted.

To my astonishment a few weeks later I received an email to say they had selected it for display at the BBC America booth at the SDCC event. I am still buzzing with the news that they wanted to feature it !

As this is a special occasion I am going to have a little competition, where if you are at SDCC you can win one of my "Round Things" scarves.

All you have to do is take a picture of the poster up at Comic Con, with yourself in as well if you want :-), and follow / send the picture to me on twitter @ZORT70 or like and tag Z70Designs on Facebook

I will draw a random person from all the entries the Friday after SDCC finishes and they will be the winner, I'll also have a couple of small prizes for other entrants. If you can't get to SDCC send me a picture of something you have bought from one of my online shops or from a limited edition t-shirt sale and I can send some other small prizes out.

Minions - Respect, Power, BANANA !
** Update TeeTournament.com have this design up for sale on the 23rd of June, $11 for one day only !

Anyone going to see the Minions Movie ?

Well spoiler alert, but when I saw the trailer (about 1:45 into the version below) I had to create this.

It is currently up for voting and if you have a moment I'd appreciate a vote or two -

Vote on Qwertee

Vote on Tee Tournament

Tee Tournament Delivery
Following the recent Tee Tournament sale I received my copies of the t-shirts, they look great in person, and I love the Stargate one as from a distance you can really see through the event horizon !

Doctor Who Gallery
Hot on the heels of my all purpose designs gallery, I thought I'd create a Doctor Who specific version.

I think I have everything I have designed on there, but if you see something missing let me know. (don't tell me about the Swan with 2 Necks, that is still technically a spoiler so not included in the gallery yet)

Also it has a simple url so people can find it easily - http://zort.co.uk/doctorwho

Most items have a link to a sale page or an article on this website about the design. Although not everything is available and not everything has been documented here (yet).

Double Team on Tee Tournament
It looks like I am going head to head with my self on Tee Tournament !

There are two of my designs up for sale for one day only on their site, my Stargate SG1 and Agents of SHIELD designs.

Swan With Two Necks
The BBC and others have been posting some filming pictures and small hints from Series 9 of new Doctor Who and one of them stuck out as something I'd like to have a go at drawing.

This appears to be the name of an old English pub from a few hundred years ago, but any more than that I don't really know.

As this could be considered a spoiler, I have left the preview picture fairly small, but if you click it you will see a bigger version.

for those that asked I have added a t-shirt version to Redbubble

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