Category Archives: Sketch Walks

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

Sketch with Bruce in Barbados

In this video I sketch one of my favourite places in the Caribbean, Barbados! We travel there on a regular basis and this time I thought I would do a sketch walk on the South Coast of the island. Join me as we sketch and travel around the island of Barbados.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is an artist, author, and instructor from Burlington Ontario Canada. Although he is known as a cartoonist and caricature artist he enjoys doing sketch walks in nature. Bruce has started video taping these walks to give you an idea of how he chooses places to sketch and encourages you to do the same. You can learn more about Bruce and view more walks on his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Check out what goes on at a caricature convention! ISCA Convention 2016

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a caricature convention? These conventions are great fun and The International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA) holds one every year. In fact there are several Chapters of the organization around the world in places like Japan, Korea, and more. I thought I would offer a glimpse into the convention as I just returned form our 2016 convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Check out the clip below and if you would like to learn more about ISCA check out their website at www.caricature.org

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a caricature artist from Burlington Ontario Canada and a member of the ISCA organization. His videos are part of his Drawing With Bruce series of online art instruction where he has Sketch Walks of his favourite outdoor places, drawing instruction, painting tips, and more. You can learn more about Bruce and his art by visiting his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Bruce Sketches LaSalle Park in Burlington Ontario

This has to be my favourite place to sketch and the best thing is I live real close. In this video i show you a few of my spots that I find are great for sketching. I hope you enjoy this park as much as I do.

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is an artist, author, and instructor from Burlington Ontario Canada. Although he is known as a cartoonist and caricature artist he enjoys doing sketch walks in nature. Bruce has started video taping these walks to give you an idea of how he chooses places to sketch and encourages you to do the same. You can learn more about Bruce and view more walks on his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Fall is the perfect time for a walk with nature!

There is nothing that says Fall like a beautiful walk on a beautiful nature trail. If you are looking for a nice area in Halton try out the Crawford Lake Trails. Check out my Fall Sketch Walk video and get a preview of this great area. Enjoy

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is an artist, cartoonist, caricature artist, and art instructor from the Burlington Ontario area. He loves plein air sketching and creates videos from some of his favourite spots in the area. You can view more information and Sketch Walks on his website or YouTube channel at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

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 www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Find out what you need to take when sketching outdoors!

You may wonder why an artist that is known as a cartoonist and caricature artist is talking about sketching landscapes outdoors. That is my relaxation and a wonderful way to connect with nature. Plus sketching landscapes and real objects is a great way to improve your drawing skills when developing cartoons. In this video I show you the kit I take with me when leaving to draw the back trails of our great Province. Get out there and enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is an artist, cartoonist, and art instructor from Burlington Ontario Canada. He teaches art courses for both public and private clients as well as live caricature event entertainment. To learn more about Bruce or to see more Sketch Walk videos check out his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com