Caricature artist is birthday surprise for party-Client testimonial

When you’re the  surprise for a birthday party passing the guest in the parking lot can be an awkward situation. Recently I did a birthday party event and was a surprise to the guest of honour. I was to arrive at a certain time but as we all do for events arrived early for set up. What I didn’t know was that the person I passed in the parking lot was the guest of honour. She didn’t notice as she was waiting for her husband to park the car, but I had to duck when she arrived inside for the party. Inside I was literally blocking her view of the 60 people hiding in the restaurant bar area. It was a great time with everyone being very happy.

Here is what the client had to say:

Mohan P has submitted the following review for Gig ID #2894432:

Client Review
Great attitude and artwork

Client Ratings
Mohan gave you the following star ratings based on your service at their event (1=lowest, 5=highest):
Professionalism: 5
Quality of service: 4
Ability to handle special requests: 5
Willingness to recommend to a friend: 5
Overall satisfaction: 5

Here are a few pictures from the event:

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for clients specializing in caricatures and cartoons. A main service of the company is live event caricature entertainment for parties, weddings, and corporate functions. To learn more about Bruce or to book him for your next event visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

 

Recruiting through cartoons-Client testimonial

I have the pleasure of working for many different clients from transportation to the arts. Illustration work brings its own challenges in that you have to send the right message out to the audience while trying to make it humorous. Recently I helped a client with their recruiting campaign with a couple of cartoons. It was a fun project and I am sure it will go over well.

Here is what the client had to say:

Name or Company: Spring Creek Carriers Inc

Service provided: Illustration

How was your booking experience?: Excellent

How was your project/event experience?: Excellent

Additional Comment: Bruce provided us with fantastic customer service, and had our requests done in a timely matter.

Here are the cartoons:

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services to clients specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Much of Bruce’s work is in the transportation industry do to his 30 year career in the business. To learn more about Bruce or to book him for your next project visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Spring Creek Carriers Equipment Cartoon-Cartoon of the Week

Spring-Creek-Equipment-Ad-Image

The Story Behind the Cartoon

As many of you know I have been in the transportation industry for over 30 years and do a lot of cartooning work for clients to help them market their business. This cartoon was done for my friends over at Spring Creek Carriers for a recruiting campaign. They have great equipment, but many companies don’t unfortunately and wanted to show off the company’s equipment in a humorous way. This was the final image for their postcard campaign. If you are looking for a job in trucking, check out Spring Creek Carriers.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions specializes in custom illustration and design for clients specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Bruce has a background in the trucking industry and much of his work is for industry clients. To learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions or to book Bruce for your next project visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Caricature artist increases fun at family event-Client testimonial

I recently drew at an event for a family gathering. Right from the start I new this was going to be great party and boy did they like to have fun. Thank you to the Marshall family for a great time and having the opportunity to get to know you.

Here is what the client had to say:

Client Review
Bruce was extremely professional, personable, punctual and fun to work with. Loved the way he connected with the subjects.

Client Ratings
Steve 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 a few pictures from the event:

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Live event entertainment and caricature illustration are the main services of the company. To learn more about Bruce or to book him for your next event visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Hire the right illustrator for your next project

Your boss asks you to come up with a new presentation for an upcoming event. He wants something different than the standard presentation with lots of text and standard stock photos. What do you JBT_July2016do? You decide to hire an illustrator to create some custom images for you, but how do you find an illustrator?

A search in Google tells you this won’t be an easy task. Thousands of illustrators show up in the search from around the world. You decide that working local will at least narrow your search, but that still brings up hundreds of names and doesn’t make you feel any better. Frustration sets in and you have only done two searches. It will be a long day. Is there a better way to find creative talent?

Get yourself organized

The best place to start on a complicated search is with yourself. I know you aren’t the illustrator but it makes it much easier to hire an illustrator if you are organized and know what you’re looking for. How do you get organized?

Knowing how many illustrations you need is the first step to being organized when hiring a visual artist. Have your presentation or story written out so you know the number of illustrations needed. It is possible to save money by buying several images at the same time as some offer bulk discounts.

Once you know the number of illustrations required the next step is to know whether you want black and white or colour. Colour can drastically affect pricing in art because of the amount of work involved. Depending on the artist’s style, colour can double the price as opposed to creating line style artwork.

How much will an illustrator cost me?

We should talk pricing for a moment here. Pricing is different because each artist packages their illustrations differently. Some have cheaper prices but add their “RIGHTS” on top and others bundle them together. ”Rights” are digital or usage rights which allows you to use the artwork for certain amounts of time or in certain ways. Make sure you understand this when hiring an illustrator. DO NOT use unauthorized artwork as you could be putting yourself into a copyright violation issue. It is hard to have specific pricing and most artists won’t because of the variation of work involved. Knowing what you want will help you get proper quotes. Know your budget for the project and then an artist will be able to tell you whether it is possible to work within that budget. Most professional artists know their work style and will be able to tell you fairly quickly how much an image will cost.

Deciding on a style

The next step is the hardest part of the process, deciding on a style you like. Reverse engineering your web search is the best way to handle this step. Here is how it works. Go back to Google or your favourite search engine and type in illustrators or the topic of interest in the search. Click the tab for images only and look for a style that appeals to you. Every artist will have a different style, but many will be similar. If you find styles you like you can take down the names and visit their websites. Realize famous illustrators may not take on small commissions and others may be higher priced. Much of pricing depends on the technique of the artist. Once you have a style you like you can try to hire that artist or look for a local artist with a similar style. At least you know what you are looking for.

How much time will you need for the project?

The time required for a project will differ depending on the scope of the project. A general rule is one week per illustration required. Most artists have multiple projects going on so timelines will change. There will also be some type of approval process that will take some time to complete as well. Don’t wait for the last minute when hiring an illustrator. Many will require two to three weeks for a single image. A project with multiple illustrations will vary greatly.

As with any project asking someone you know if they know an illustrator is a great way to start. This information is basic for projects but status of the artist, subject matter, and skill level all play a part in this area. You will find the right artist for you if you do your homework up front. Good luck with your project.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is an artist, author, consultant, and speaker from Burlington Ontario Canada. Bruce’s work specializes in caricatures and cartoons for private clients, presentations, advertising, and editorial work. You can learn more about Bruce and find samples of his work at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Killin’ Time Band Video- Cartoon of the Week

Story Behind the Cartoon

I thought since it was Sound of Music 2017 in Burlington Ontario this week I would honour this great festival and band with a music cartoon. This caricature / cartoon was done of two of the members of The Killin’ Time Band here in Burlington Ontario. The band lends their amazing talent and music to both of my podcasts and this was done as a little thank you to the band for being so kind with their talent. I put together a video like this for one of the other bands that also lend their music to the shows and thought it was a great idea to thank all of the bands. If you haven’t got yours yet you will!

So I have taken the video of how I created the caricature, some pictures of events where I have seen the band, and added one of my favourite songs called One Set to Freedom off their album of the same name. They are a truly awesome band and I am happy to say I have gone from fan to friend as I have learned more about the band over the years. If you have a chance to see the band make sure you do, you won’t be disappointed. If you would like to see their schedule or buy their music please visit www.killintimeband.com. If you would like to hear the interview I conducted with Brad Hails of the band please visit cashinginoncreativitypodcast.com.

A big thank you to the band and enjoy the song.

About the Artist,

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for clients specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Live caricature entertainment, gift caricatures, logo design and more are available through the company. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Client recommends caricatures for party entertainment-Client Testimonial

I recently did a birthday event for a customer that enjoyed having a caricature artist at their party. I thought they summed up the benefits of having a live artist very well in their testimonial below. Bruce's hand drawingThank you to the Gianoutsos family for having me out.

Here is what the client had to say:

Name or Company: Christine Gianoutsos

Service provided: Live caricature entertainment

How was your booking experience?: Excellent

How was your project/event experience?: Excellent

Additional Comment: Everyone loved it! Best idea for favors for a party–especially loved the one in color of the birthday boy! Bruce was efficient and great at making conversation making everyone feel comfortable. Great experience and would highly recommend!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for clients specializing in caricatures and cartoons. A main service of the company is live caricature entertainment for birthday parties, social events, weddings, corporate events and more. To book your next party or learn more about the company visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Can I See Your Log Book-Cartoon of the Week

Log Book cartoon by Bruce Outridge

The Story Behind the Cartoon

Log books are documents bounded into a book that every truck driver going over a certain distance has to fill out. In fact in most of the areas of transportation from trucks to buses and airplanes this is a mandatory requirement. For most companies in the trucking industry this is where most of the fines come from as some drivers fill them out incorrectly, cheat, or down right lie. In June across North America inspection stations will inspect trucks and be asking for this document. This cartoon has the inspector asking for the log book and some drivers feel as though they have the right to have an attitude about being asked. This will never go well for the driver, but certainly makes for a good cartoon scenario.This illustration is some of my older work that was done traditionally with a very tight inking style.

Enjoy the cartoon! Been there done that!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and caricature artist from Ontario Canada. Bruce spent 25 years driving big rigs and now uses those experiences to capture the industry in a humorous way. You can learn more about Bruce’s cartoons or his work at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Make your event guests comfortable-Live event testimonial

Every caricature artist struggles with making people feel comfortable in the chair when drawing them. I can see the tension in their eyes as they sit down and I often think to myself why did they even line up. So what should the artist do to make someone feel comfortable? First-smile! Smiling is the first way to help someone calm down. Second-ask about them! If you ask people where they live or if they are visiting it creates a point to start a conversation. Talking to people helps them feel comfortable. It works for me and it will work for you. Try it!

Here is what one client had to say after their event:

Name or Company: Susie Giammarino

Service provided: Live caricature entertainment

Service rating: Excellent

Additional Comment: Bruce was great! He made all guests feel comfortable. All of the guests that had a caricature done complimented Bruce and were very happy that they had something special to keep from the event. I would highly recommend Bruce for any event!

event client

 

 About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons in Ontario Canada. One of the main services offered is live caricature event entertainment for weddings, corporate events, and private parties. to learn more about artist Bruce Outridge and his work or to book Bruce for your next event visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

The Future of Trucking-Cartoon of the Week

The-Future-of-Trucking-cartoon

The Story Behind the Cartoon

Do you ever get tired of people saying, “There’s an app for that!” when asking them a question? For a while when smart phones first came out that was all you heard. I wonder if we will ever get to a place when bosses aren’t required anymore because people will just go to their apps when they need help? Here is one vision of how they may be used in the trucking industry. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is an artist with over 30 years of experience in the trucking industry. Much of his cartoon work is on the transportation industry and are regularly published in industry related magazines and for clients looking for advertising or editorial illustration. To hire Bruce for your next project or to learn more about his trucking cartoons visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com