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Information on gift caricatures

Turning a Caricature into a Movie

AirdberlisThe Story Behind the Caricature

Not sure why but group caricatures have become popular in caricature. Sometimes the client decides to get creative and offers a scenario. This particular firm wanted the scene to be animal house from the movie but with their own take on what each person was doing. I think I squeezed 35 people into this picture. It was a fun project but time consuming. It seemed every caricature was a group caricature the last couple of years. If you plane on having this done don’t wait until the last minute to order from your favourite artist whomever they may be.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. You can learn more and see samples at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Give a Unique Gift with a Gift Caricature

Over the next few weeks the shopping race of the season will begin. That’s right that Holiday with the guy in the bright red suit and all the trimmings. For some people shopping for gifts is a beautiful time of year, for others it is a dreaded program that repeats itself every year. However you view Christmas it comes every year and the more prepared you are the better it will go.

Gift giving brings different feelings or stress depending on how you approach it. I myself hate to shop and buying gifts for people adds a lot of stress to my world. Maybe that’s why my wife handles the shopping because she excels at it. Finding that perfect gift however is a challenge for many people so hopefully this article will help.

The most unique gift you can get is a personally created gift

If you’re looking to be the most unique gift given in the family then a gift caricature may be the answer. Getting a gift caricature created can be extremely personable because you can add elements that are truly unique to that person. Frame it up and the recipient will have a memory that they can look at for years to come. Check out some of the gift caricatures we have done in the past www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

What to watch for when giving someone a gift caricature?

When giving someone a gift caricature there are a few things to watch for if doing this for the first time. Depending on the style of the artist will depend on the type of picture you get. Caricature is meant to exaggerate Tiffany caricaturea person’s features and that may or may not flatter a person especially if they are self conscious. If giving a gift caricature to someone make sure they have a good sense of humour or it may not be as well received as you might like. Know the person you are gifting.

If the person is younger a gift caricature may not go over as well as you may think. Under the age of 18 a gift caricature may be nice but they may want something more interactive. Remember a picture may look nice but young people won’t sit there staring at the picture. If giving a gift caricature to someone younger either choose it as a secondary gift or make sure they are age appropriate.

How to purchase a gift caricature?

Just choosing an artist may not offer you the gift you want as each has a different style. I always suggest that people choose the style of caricature they like before the artist. If you want an overly exaggerated style then find an artist that does that. If you want a cartoony or realistic style then find an artist that does that and again understand the person you are buying for.

Once a style has been chosen then you will need to contact the artist, make payment and confirm the details of the project. Then the pictures and other information will be required. You will need to send the artist clear pictures of the person or people in the picture. Please make sure if multiple people are in the picture the artist knows who is who. I have drawn the wrong person in a picture before. Pictures of generic items don’t have to be supplied but if an item is specific to a person such as their car then clear pictures of those are required as well. Pictures of general items such as a building can usually be found via the internet by the artist. Here is how our process for gift caricatures works if you are interested in seeing the process www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

How long will the gift caricature take to complete?

Time for project completion will be critical especially during the Holidays. Starting early is the best way to make sure your project is completed on time. A general time frame for a gift caricature is two to three weeks from the time the project is confirmed. During the Holiday Season that time frame can creep up to four weeks depending on the amount of projects in the production schedule and the size of a project will change delivery times as well. Mailing, framing and other components can also change the timeframe of a project. Delivery around the Christmas Holiday can be varied and may cause you to miss your gift giving date. For best results plan on having your gift delivered by the 15th of December to have the gift on time. If you need it for a Christmas party then even earlier is suggested. That means you may want to start planning now to give the gift of caricature.

I hope those tips helped you to create the perfect gift for the Holidays. Oh there is one other benefit, you won’t have to go to the store.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. The main services for the company are live caricature entertainment for events and gift caricatures. Other services such as logo design and corporate illustration are also available. You can learn more about Bruce and his work at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Caricaturing the Burlington Force Basketball Team-Cartoon of the Week

Burlington Force Group Caricature

The Story Behind the Cartoon

As a caricature artist you get all kinds of requests. Often I will be given a picture of a team and then asked to create a team picture. To me making a picture that represents the picture given to me seems redundant. I normally suggest we put the players in a practice situation to add some energy in the picture. Although this was an in depth caricature with all the people it was still fun to do. The Burlington Force is a basketball team in the minor leagues. Of course you new that. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. To learn more about Bruce and his work or to book your gift caricature visit his website or check out his group caricature portfolio. 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

Giving someone a car as a gift!-Testimonial

Have you ever given someone a car as a gift? Well unless you are rich giving someone an actual car can be a real challenge. Why not take that exact sentiment and do the next best thing, give them a picture of their favourite car. I recently completed some car caricatures for a client of her husband’s favourite cars for his birthday. We did the illustrations and she had them printed and framed.  If you want to do this in the future getting pictures over the Summer months is best and it makes great presents for Christmas. Sorry I had to say the “C” word. It may be the best way to give someone the car of their dreams.

Here is what the client had to say:

Name or Company: Leslyn Bertrand-Belec

Service provided: Gift caricature

How was your booking experience?: Excellent

How was your project/event experience?: Excellent

Additional Comment: Bruce, thank you so much for the gift caricatures that you did for my husband. They were exactly what I hoped and I know that he will be thrilled to receive them.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Here are the completed illustrations:

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for clients specializing in caricatures and cartoons. caricature services include gift caricatures, live caricature entertainment, and vehicle caricatures. To learn more about the Company or have them complete your next caricature gift visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Creating memories with gift caricatures

With several events last week gift caricature production was steady and fast. Among the illustrations completed for clients were two completed for other reasons. The first was done for a guest speaker at an event and the other for my brother for his birthday. Both went over as a big success.  If you are looking for gifts for your next occasion a gift caricature may be the answer.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and Design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. One of the main services is gift caricatures for clients. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Drawing the Danny Thompson Band

Bruce and the Danny Thompson Band

As many of you know I host a couple of podcasts, one for artists on how to grow and market their businesses and one for drivers in the trucking industry. I have always loved music and feature some local bands on each show as a way of supporting the arts and to showcase the great talent many of us have in our communities. As a thank you to the band I drew up a caricature of them and recently presented it to the band at a recent event held by the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada fundraiser. Please check out this amazing band and support their music. You can learn more about them at www.dannythompsonband.com. Thank you Danny Thompson Band for allowing us to play your amazing music on our show. 

Here is the caricature drawn for the band:

Danny Thompson Band caricatureHere are a few pictures of the band doing their thing:

Danny ThompsonDanny Thompson BandDanny Thompson BandDanny Thompson BandAbout the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Along with studio caricatures and event caricatures the company also offer live caricature entertainment for weddings and corporate events. To learn more and view samples visit 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

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

Caricaturist Helps With Celebration Gifts for Trucking Company

There are many ways you can help someone celebrate big achievements in people’s lives. Caricatures can be a fun way to do that for those looking for something special and unique. I recently helped a client give her colleagues a celebration gift to reach 40 years in business for their trucking company. If you are looking for a special gift for your colleagues try a gift caricature.

Truck gift caricature by Bruce Outridge Truck gift caricature by Bruce OutridgeAbout the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services for clients specializing in caricatures and cartoons. To book your next next project with Bruce out or learn more and view samples visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com