Category Archives: Sketching

Falling into your passions is a great way to relax!

You may wonder why a cartoonist and caricature artist is talking about passions? In fact many times I get people asking me what I do to relax since my career is what most people would consider a hobby. Often I tell people that I enjoy photography as my hobby. I do enjoy taking pictures but at the end of the day, it’s enjoyable but not a passion. Many of my cartoon friends will continue to draw cartoons as their relaxation and I have to admit that is fun, but for me relaxation is all about connecting with nature.

You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy relaxing with a passion you love. We often believe that we have to do something totally different from what we do for work or we are considered to be over worked. If you are a dog walker and tell people that you like to go for long relaxing walks with your dog they will think you’re crazy. Can you hear them? “You walk dogs all day how can you relax going for a walk with your dog?” What many don’t see are the benefits of that single walk. You are connecting with your dog, which is truly a family member. You are connecting with nature, family, and your thoughts and that can be the most relaxing time at all.

What about the author that writes non-fiction books, but likes to write children’s books in their spare time. They are still writing but because the topic and subject matter is different it makes the process relaxing. They are still writing but they may not feel overworked because the children’s book is a passion.

Did you know that if your passion was a hobby and has now changed into your vocation it still can be the heart of your passion. Here is how it worked for me. I started as a cartoonist as a kid. When I decided to start my art business in 2003 I was focused on landscapes. I enjoyed drawing and painting the world around us. In fact my first solo show in 2004 was all black and white landscapes and building images. I had another landscape show in 2007 but Caribbean landscapes are too bold for our local market. I may not have entered into cartooning if I hadn’t created my comic book series in 2008. Why do I tell you all this? Even though my cartooning is my main income producer I still love drawing and painting landscapes. It may still be drawing but I get to connect with nature, slow time down, and enjoy the beautiful parts of the world around us.

So whether you write, draw, walk, or have some other hobby that you enjoy don’t try to mask it. Don’t try to explain to others as to why you find it relaxing, that’s for you to know! It could be just a little something different from what you do on a daily basis. Since this is a beautiful time of year with the changing of the leaves I thought I would share the beautiful scenery and relaxation of a Fall Sketch Walk. I hope it inspires to you to enjoy what you do as I show you how I relax.

crawford-lake-cover-artAbout the Artist

Bruce Outridge is an artist, author, and instructor from Burlington Ontario Canada. You can view more Sketch Walks on Bruce’s website at 

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

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

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

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