Charity Surprises Artist at Conference

I was blown away yesterday at a conference by a charity that surprised me with a special gift. Here is the back story. I attended a conference yesterday for the transportation industry that I do a lot of work with. My past career as a professional truck driver has me still involved in that industry and working with new drivers. Last year the TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) decided to support the Convoy for Special Olympics which helps athletes compete in their specialized skill. The convoy is a big event with locations across North America and has raised thousands of dollars helping special needs athletes raise funds to compete. I offered Tammy Blackwell,  one of the organizers of the event an interview opportunity on my podcast for the transportation industry. We did the interview and she had a vision for a t-shirt design and was looking for someone to illustrate it for her. I decided to help the convoy out and donated the design for free. Since it was close to the event and I was unable to attend I didn’t hear anymore about the shirts. In fact I didn’t think they even had made them up.  Yesterday I was totally surprised when this women got up on stage who I had only talked to on the phone and never met called my name and presented me with one of the t-shirts with my design. It was wonderful to be recognized and I appreciate her efforts in remembering me. The shirts were given to each athlete and with more time this year I plan on doing another design for the shirts this year. Thank you to The Convoy for Special Olympics for the gift and I urge everyone to check out their charity and support them if you can.

You can learn more about them in this interview on the podcast.

Below is the shirt and pictures from the presentation.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. The company handles everything from logo and t-shirt design to editorial and advertising illustration for clients. To learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions or hire them for your next project visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Valentine’s Day-Cartoon of the Week

Valentine's Day

*******************************Multiple Girls Can Be Costly***************************

The Story Behind the Cartoon

This cartoon was published years ago in Road Today Magazine. back in the day many truck drivers had girlfriends in different cities. I am not agreeing with it, but it was a reality. I always wondered not only how they kept names, dates, and their lies straight, but how much it cost them when special days like Valentine’s day came around? It must have cost them a fortune on that day alone. This cartoon was created as many of them I am sure ran out of money and had to call their dispatch to get money sent them for fuel and operating expenses.  My advice stay out of hot water to begin with!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist from Burlington Ontario Canada. He creates editorial and advertising cartoons for publications with many of them being in the trucking industry due to his years of being on the road himself as a driver. You can learn more about Bruce and his work on his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Kill some time with this duo!

The Killin' Time Band

About the Cartoon

If you are looking to kill time on a sunny afternoon or party with a band that likes to have a good time then don’t miss the Killin’ Time Band from Burlington Ontario. This caricature was completed for two members of the band that do a duo set on restaurant patios in the area. They supply the music for my podcasts and have a great following in the area. Make sure you check them out whether just Brad and Paul or the full nine piece band. You can learn more about them at www.killintimeband.com . You won’t be disappointed!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and caricature artists from Burlington Ontario. Bruce Outridge productions offers custom illustration and design services from logo design to editorial and advertising illustration. You can learn more at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

T-Shirt Business Goes FLAT OUT!

As you may know I do a lot of work for a t-shirt company in Australia producing designs for trucking t-shirts. Every few months, the business started by two truck drivers adds another design and product to their portfolio. Get Trucked Oz recently had me design this image for their latest shirt and it is flying off the shelves with pre-orders.  Flat Out is the latest design featuring a truck from the fleet that founders drive for. If you would like to order a shirt or learn more about the company visit www.gettruckedoz.com.au.

flat-out-design If you want to hear the podcast interview with Get Trucked Oz check out www.cashinginoncreativitypodcast.com

Cashing in on Creativity PodcastAbout the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Vehicle and truck caricatures are part of the company’s field of interest and they have clients around the world. if you would like Bruce to help with your next image visit their website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

The Snow Delay-Cartoon of the Week

 

The Snow DelayThe Story Behind the Cartoon

Truck driving is a hard job, I know I did it for many years. I have also been on the other end of the spectrum in management and used to get excuses from many drivers. i have been drawing cartoons for the trucking magazines for years and this one was published years ago. Due to the recent events of the ice storm on the East Coast and the freezing rain we had in the region the other day I thought this strip was fitting. If you have ever tried to clean your car windshield with a credit card this strip will make sense to you. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a professional cartoonist from Burlington Ontario Canada specializing in caricatures, comics, and cartoons. He creates editorial and advertising cartoons for business and industry. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

 

The Traveling Lovebirds Take Flight with a New Logo

A new business has started with the Traveling Lovebirds. This couple who love to travel have started their own travel blog. The couple originally from Canada and the United States now live in China and spend their time traveling to different locations and eventually the whole world. The couple are always together therefore wanting the Lovebirds in the picture.The logo will be going on their new travel website currently under construction. I was asked to create the logo for them and this is the  end result with their caricatures flying on the birds. Watch for more from this traveling team as they take the world by flight. Once the website is complete you can learn more about them at http://www.thetravelinglovebirds.com. Good luck with the venture guys!

The Traveling Lovebirds logoAbout the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for clients from editorial cartoons to logo design and more. Logo designs range from simple words to complex images and all images are fully vectorized for all sorts of media. To learn more about Bruce Outridge and his work or to get started on your next logo design visit the company website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com 

Trip Planning Class by Bruce Outridge-Cartoon of the Week

trip-planning-class-cartoon

The Story Behind the Cartoon

Many of you know that I have a background in the trucking industry and do a lot of work with the schools and companies in Ontario. The East Coast known as the Eastern United States is an area that many drivers don’t like to go due to increased crime. traffic, tolls, and much more. Over the years it has become bad enough that when companies are hiring drivers they will advertise “No East Coast” to entice drivers to join their team. I have actually seen drivers so adamant about not going in that direction that when they buy a new map book at the truck stop they would actually tear all the pages starting with the letter “N” out of their book. The States regarded as the East Coast are New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts,  New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. I used to run there three times a week so it certainly isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be. This cartoon came to mind when I was teaching a class on trip planning as many have heard their share of horror stories.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Artist Bruce Outridge creates cartoons for publications and businesses. To learn more about Bruce or to book him to create your unique cartoon visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

You’re not getting out of it that easy!

Gift caricature-Hospital patient

The Story Behind the Caricature

This was a gift caricature for my friend Nick who is in the hospital. He has been a long term member of an association I belong to and completes the minutes for each meeting. He does amazingly detailed minutes which are usually 10-20 pages long. As he is waiting for his shoulder to recover he said he couldn’t do the minutes because he can only type with one finger. He’s so good at it that no one wants to take his place in fear of not being detailed enough. We did find someone to take them over but I thought of this as if we wouldn’t let him go. he got a good chuckle from this one!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and caricature artist from Southern Ontario Canada. If you are looking for unique gifts for family and friends a gift caricature may be the way to go. You can learn more about Bruce and his work or view samples on his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Are you on the right wave?

It’s funny how areas go in waves for events. One month you will have many events in one area and others times the events all seem to be in another area. This happened to me in Brantford Ontario. I got booked for a returning corporate event in that city, then another event the next week, and then another one. Since the end of November I have now been booked for eight events in that city alone. Now I don’t live far and have done events their in the past, but it looks like that area is growing leaps and bounds. Many times it takes one person to get the ball rolling in a certain area. Thank you to the City of Brantford, Brantford United Way, Mohawk Chapel, and Six Nations for having us out to events. It was a pleasure working with you.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for weddings and corporate events. Bruce is an artist from Southern Ontario Canada and is available for many types of events from weddings top private parties. To learn more about Bruce and his work or to book Bruce for your next event visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Cartoons make great advertisements!

Remember when illustration was the only thing around? Okay maybe you don’t but there was a time. Photography quickly became hot for advertising as computers made manipulating images easier. Cartoons have been starting to make a comeback for many advertising and editorial needs and caricatures are a great way to do create a unique ad for publications. We have done many cartoon ads in both caricatures and general cartooning in the past and continue to get more requests. If you are looking to make an impact in a different way with your next advertisement then think about cartooning for a change. It allows people to read your ad longer, after all isn’t that the goal. Here are a few we did for our clients.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for advertising and editorial projects. Specializing in caricatures and cartoons allows for creative ways to market or advertise your next project. To learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions or to discuss your next project visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com