Category Archives: Drawing

Improve Your Child’s Creativity with Art Supplies

Go into any office supply store and you will see a flurry of activity in the back to school section. Sale prices are all around and there will be many items to choose from. The tendency for most parents is to just get as many pencils and highlighters as possible to last the year. If you are the parent to a budding artist then you may want to take a moment to actually plan out the supplies you need for the year as this could be a great way to improve your child’s creativity.

We all learn in different ways, some need more visual clues and others take lots of notes. In fact it’s been reported that doodling improves retention of material. Don’t believe me check out this article on the a study done on the topic.,8599,1882127,00.html. Teaming the way people learn to how they like to take down information can help improve how much of the material is remembered, but also makes the review process much more enjoyable.

So how will this information help improve your child’s creativity?

First let’s look at the notebooks your child may be working in. You may want to buy your child those basic lined styled notebooks, but is that the best option? If your child is a budding artist it may be holding back some of that creativity with the lines. Think about the subject and it may be more beneficial to buy notebooks with blank pages and even possible with different colours. This way the notebook becomes a visual journal that is not only more memorable but encourages review of the material. I have included a picture of my sketchbook pages from a convention to give you an idea of what I am talking about.

Bruce's Notebook

What about the drawing instruments such as pencils and pens?

There are two major items that every artist puts energy into finding the best quality available. The item they draw or paint on and the item they draw or paint with. Quality paper or canvas and quality paint, brushes, or drawing materials are key to helping create great art. So when buying back to school supplies could you be helping your child improve their creativity with decent materials?

The best way to start is to ask your child if appropriate what they like to draw with. Do they draw more with pencil, pen, or marker? I myself rarely use pencil anymore. Once I started doing pen and ink work as a child I abandoned the pencil for the most part. Other artists I know use only pencil so it really is a personal choice.

If you are looking at buying colour materials here is a guide to help.

You may want to just pick up those big packs of coloured pencils or mega packs of highlighters but before you do let me offer another option. If possible buy the colours separately. This is why most art stores don’t sell their products in pack because many artists don’t buy their materials this way. Let’s say I need a red colour. The best way to buy that is to buy a red pencil crayon, then a darker red pencil, and then a lighter red pencil. This way you can colour a shirt red, then use a darker red for shadow, and lighter red for highlights. This technique can also be done in other ways with blue colours but it gives you an idea of the process of shopping for colours.

These tips can help not only improve creativity, encourage note taking, and improve retention of material. I have found it a great way to help remember information during conferences, seminars, and presentations. If you have a budding artist that likes to draw this may be a great way to encourage getting homework done and improving their artistic talent. Hey it couldn’t hurt!

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a professional artist /cartoonist from Burlington Ontario Canada. Bruce has been drawing since he was ten years and offers custom illustration and design services for clients specializing in caricatures and cartoons. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at

Sketching The Royal Botanical Gardens-Sketch Walk RBG

In this sketch Walk I check out the Royal Botanical Garden’s Cherry Hill Trail. The RBG has a great trail network filled with wildlife, beautiful scenery and more. In this video I show off some of the great parts of the trail and show you the spot I chose to sketch and how the picture developed. Get out there and enjoy nature through the RBG Trails. If you want to know what to take on a Sketch Walk check out my video on “Preparing for a Sketch Walk” click here. The Royal Botanical Gardens is located in Burlington Ontario Canada and is a leader in nature and gardening locations. You can learn more about them by clicking this link for Royal Botanical Gardens.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is an artist, cartoonist, and caricature artist in Burlington Ontario Canada. His services range from live caricature event service to art instruction and more. to learn more about Bruce, his work, or other Sketch Walks and online art instruction visit his website at

Draw with Bruce Coffee Cup Video

Here is another video on how to draw. Check out this video and others on the Bruce Outridge Production’s website.

Good luck with the Drawing

Manga Video 4 – Adding Colour

In this fourth video we add colour to the character. Almost done!

Manga Video 3- Adding Shadows

In this third video we add the shadows for the Manga character, Enjoy!

Manga Video 2- Drawing the Detail

Once you have finished the first video, watch and follow along with this second video to add the detail.

Manga Video 1- Drawing Shape

Want to draw Manga? Check out this 1of 4 video and draw along.

Subjects That Interest You

In art the best thing you can do for your art is to work on subjects that matter to you, not subjects that matter to others. Many artists focus on what will sell and while this works for a while many get bored after a while. Always have your own subject matter to keep you happy and pushing yourself with your art. The sales will come later.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is an artist and illustrator. For more information on his work visit his website at

Working large may be the best way to get in the details.

I am teaching a class this week as summer has come upon us. In the class I notice a lot of people like to draw very small. One girl drew so small that all the assignments we did that day fit onto one sheet of paper. I keep telling them to draw bigger, but kids love to draw small for some reason. If you are doing that try drawing bigger. It will allow you to include more details and your picture will come out stronger because of the extra detail.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is an artist and illustrator and creator of the Drawing with Bruce Video Series. More of his work can be found on his website at

Looking for Shapes When Drawing

This video shows you how to look for shapes when beginning to draw an object. Artist Bruce Outridge shows you how shapes can help create a drawing.

About the Artist

Artist Bruce Outridge is an illustrator and art instructor in Southern Ontario. Form more information visit his website at