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October is a great month for arts and crafts

With October coming up quickly and the Canadian Thanksgiving just a few weeks away there will be a lot to do to prepare for the Holiday. October can almost be called craft month with so many options available for families to create amazing art. Think about the month for moment, you have the beautiful colours of Fall, Thanksgiving with family festivities, and then the creative time of Halloween, all in one month. This is the perfect month to take your art to the next level. Here are some tips that will help you boost your arts and crafts and make your celebrations creative and unique.

Get out for some inspiration

The colours of Fall are one of the best reasons for living in the Northern United States and Canada. Team that beauty with beautiful weather and Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy this incredible time of year. A sketch-walk or hike can be a great way to be inspired by the time of year. Just take a sketchbook, some pencils and coloured pencils or crayons and head outdoors to enjoy nature. If you are not the drawing type then take the camera or just go for a family hike and enjoy the colours. You will be inspired by the colours and it is a great way to collect items to enhance that family dinner.

Here is the sketch-walk I took at Crawford Lake if you would like to see how a sketch-walk works.

 

Get creative with pumpkin carving

Of course Fall wouldn’t be the same without pumpkins. Just pick some up while your are out for that nature or sketch-walk. Get the kids creating a unique piece for themselves by having them draw out their design and then cut out the pumpkin to create a 3-D work of art. Here is how to start drawing out the design.

Have the kids draw out their design and then transfer it onto tracing paper. Once on the tracing paper the drawing can be transferred onto the pumpkin with the rubbing technique. For the rubbing technique put carbon paper behind the sketch or colour the back of the tracing paper and then trace it onto the pumpkin.

As for cutting out a pumpkin I know nothing about that so here is a link to an article from Martha Stewart. http://www.marthastewart.com/275075/how-to-carve-a-pumpkin.

Draw out that Halloween costume

Oh sure you could go buy a Halloween costume but it is much more creative to design your own. Draw out those costumes in a sketchbook or paper and then go get those material to put it all together. The kids will learn drawing techniques and come out with a unique creation as well.

Here is a link to some drawing videos if you need help in that area.

So I hope that helps to make your October an experience to remember. Fall is a beautiful time of year to be inspired by art and get the whole family involved in a beautiful outdoor experience.

Enjoy Fall!

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and caricature artist from Burlington Ontario. The services of Bruce Outridge Productions offers live caricature entertainment, art instruction, and much more. To learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

The Cancer Convoy-Cartoon of the Week

Breast-Cancer-Convoy-cartoon

The Story Behind the Cartoon

Since the folks at Trucking for a Cure are having their convoy in Woodstock Ontario this weekend I thought this cartoon would be appropriate. I completed this illustration for the group years ago for a convoy showing some of the participants that played a major role in those early years. If you get a chance to get out and participate then it is a great way to get the family involved. Here is a link to the convoy for more information. www.truckingforacure.com

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Bruce has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years and much of his work is in and on the industry. Whether it is vehicle caricatures, trucking cartoons, or gift caricatures of people Bruce is in high demand. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Lining up guests at the art gallery-Wedding Testimonial

Every wedding is different and sometimes it is intimidating when you don’t know the people. This wedding was really cool as they held it in an art gallery with a live band and buffet style dinner. The crowd was great to work with and we even had to extend the time due to demand. All the best to Dave and Sarah for the future and thanks for having me out to draw at your event.

Here is what they had to say:

Dave R has submitted the following review for Gig ID #2798550:

Client Review
Bruce was great! Communication was easy and straightforward, he was there early and set up well before needed. Caricatures were awesome, we had a line up all night, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bruce to anyone!!

Client Ratings
Dave gave you the following star ratings based on your service at their event (1=lowest, 5=highest):
Professionalism: 5
Quality of service: 5
Ability to handle special requests: 5
Willingness to recommend to a friend: 5
Overall satisfaction: 5

Here are some pictures from the event:

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons for live event such as weddings and corporate functions. You can learn more about specials for weddings and corporate events at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

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Caricature artist helps welcome new university students-Testimonial

The last few years I have help the University of Toronto welcome their new students starting school at their Mississauga campus. This year they had a street party and I was drawing caricatures all night. It is fun to talk to the students and find out how they see their future.

Here is what the client had to say:

Name or Company: UTM Student HousingService provided: Live caricature entertainment

How was your booking experience?: Excellent

How was your project/event experience?: Excellent
Additional Comment: Bruce was great! The students were super excited, it was definitely one of the key parts of our event

Here are a few pictures from the event:

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. Live event caricature entertainment for weddings, corporate events, and parties is part of their regular service. To learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions or book them for your next party visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com.

Caricaturing Shelley Uvanile-Hesch of WTFC-Cartoon of the Week

SHELLEY-CARICATURE

The Story Behind the Cartoon

This week’s cartoon is a caricature for the Trucking Industry. I gave a caricature to our first presenter for a seminar series in the trucking industry and it was a big hit so I decided I would do this for all the presenters for 2017. Our second presenter was presented with the gift at the seminar on September 12th 2017. Shelley is the CEO of the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada and was the keynote speaker for the event. Thank you to Shelley for a great presentation. Here are a few pics from the event.

 

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Bruce’s background is in the trucking industry and he is very active in that industry as a speaker, trainer, and entrepreneur. If you would like to hire Bruce to complete your next gift caricature visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

A career influenced by Marvin-Cartoon of the Week

Marvin-bruce's-earlier-art-002

The Story Behind the Cartoon

If you look back on your career it is interesting to see how those early influences have played apart in life. One of my favourite cartoons from the age of around 12 was Marvin by Tom Armstrong. The strip is still available to this day and I used to copy the cartoons out of the paper. Here is one scene from a strip that I copied at the age of thirteen or so. This was how I learned to draw. Thank you to Tom Armstrong and many other great artists for playing a part in my career to this day. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. Bruce has various cartoons and comics including The Pride Junkie Comic, Highway Blues, and Gymdazzled to name a few. you can learn more about Bruce or hire him for your next project at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

The License-Cartoon of the Week

License-cartoon by Bruce Outridge

The Story Behind the Cartoon

This cartoon came from a joke I heard over the radio one day from the DJ at the time who would read a joke each morning. I believe I was in Timmins or somewhere driving my truck when it came over and at my next stop I jotted the idea down on my note pad. Years later it became a cartoon. Sorry I couldn’t give credit to the person that told me the joke, but it is funny. Moral of the story never let kids play in your purse. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. To learn more about Bruce’s cartoon work please visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Getting Married Country Style-Testimonial

We often think of weddings as stuffy events, but much of it depends on the people attending, the families involved, and the location. Hayley and Anthony had such a great wedding. It was a country styled wedding held at the beautiful Belcroft Estates in Ontario just north of Toronto. The wedding was fun to draw and I even got a ride in a 1938 Desoto from the movie “Driving Miss Daisy”. 

Here is what the client had to say about the event:

Name or Company: Theresa Scott

Service provided: Live caricature entertainment
How was your booking experience?: Excellent
How was your project/event experience?: Excellent
Additional Comment: Bruce was a big hit at our wedding. While waiting for their pictures to be drawn, he kept guests in great spirits with his entertaining, outgoing personality
Here are some pictures from the event:

Belcroft EstatesBruce with the 1938 DesotoHayley and Anthony WeddingBruce with the new couple
Here is the gift caricature done for the couple:

Hayley and Anthony Wedding caricature
About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Bruce offers live event caricature entertainment for weddings, and corporate events. To learn more about event specials or to book Bruce for your event visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com 

Guests take over drawing at party!

My whole goal when drawing at events is to have as much fun as possible and that usually translates to the guests having fun as well. Every once in a while I get a guest who is an artist and are hovering over me watching every stroke so I try to entice them to take a shot. There has been a couple times when everyone was saying how good they are and I have to think if that was such a good idea to give them the marker. This happened at a party not to long ago and we couldn’t stop laughing. Even the kids got involved in drawing me. I guess I will know when I have been fired when the guests take over the drawing!

Here are some pictures of the budding artists

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. Bruce is constantly requested for weddings, corporate events, and private parties. To hire Bruce for your next event or to learn more about his wedding and corporate specials visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com