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A career influenced by Marvin-Cartoon of the Week

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The Story Behind the Cartoon

If you look back on your career it is interesting to see how those early influences have played apart in life. One of my favourite cartoons from the age of around 12 was Marvin by Tom Armstrong. The strip is still available to this day and I used to copy the cartoons out of the paper. Here is one scene from a strip that I copied at the age of thirteen or so. This was how I learned to draw. Thank you to Tom Armstrong and many other great artists for playing a part in my career to this day. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. Bruce has various cartoons and comics including The Pride Junkie Comic, Highway Blues, and Gymdazzled to name a few. you can learn more about Bruce or hire him for your next project at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Scheduling Your Social Media-Cartoon of the Week

social media cartoon

The Story Behind the Cartoon

This cartoon was for an article on scheduling your social media. It is amazing to see how much content is required to keep your social media profiles up to date and interesting. Some platforms such as Twitter require multiple posts per day. The Gurus often suggest hiring a team to help. You may want to watch who the team consists of though. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in cartoons and caricatures. Main topics include business, leadership, the arts, and transportation. You can learn more about Bruce Outridge Productions at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

The Interview-Cartoon of the Week

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The Story Behind the Cartoon

As someone who is not only an artist but entrepreneur with podcasts and now a television show I have interviewed hundreds of people. Some people get nervous as soon as the camera is rolling or the microphone is on. People prepare for the deep in-depth questions but very often mess up on the basics like their name. With that in mind this cartoon was born. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and entrepreneur from Burlington Ontario Canada. His work specializes in caricature and cartoons and he offers custom illustration and design services for clients in advertising and editorial work. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

A Day at the Beach-Cartoon of the Week

A Day at the Beach Cartoon

The Story Behind the Cartoon

As a lover of the beach in the Caribbean we often see this scenario happening. Parents just want to take a break and lie on the beach so they hand their cell phones to the kids to play games and keep them quiet. The problem is when they fall into a deep sleep the kids are actually calling China. I think the kids may have the real advantage as they already have a plan in place as to what ransom they will need to keep quiet and stay put.  Enjoy your Summer!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge is an illustrator and cartoonist from Ontario Canada. His company Bruce Outridge Productions specializes in caricatures and cartoons for editorial and advertising. To learn more about Bruce and view more cartoons visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

Make Your Wedding Unique with a Caricature Artist-Client Testimonial

I find as I work more weddings that they have become more of a competition as to who can have the best wedding. Having more stuff doesn’t make your wedding the best, it’s having the right stuff! The nice thing about having a caricature artist is the fact that you have someone live entertaining your guests and it comes with a unique keepsake that you will not be able to find anywhere else. I am at a wedding every weekend and the Bride’s comments below are common after the event. Congratulations to Lindsey and Andrew and all the best for the future.

Lindsey P has submitted the following review for Gig ID #2875015:

Client Review
Bruce is amazing. He is very personable and works hard. Our guest had him working nonstop. This service made our wedding unique.

Client Ratings
Lindsey 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 are a few shots from the event:

Here is the gift caricature for the couple. Lindsey is a real horse lover.

Andrew-and-Lindsey-caricature

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Live caricature entertainment is one of the main services of the company and offer services for weddings, corporate events, and parties. To book Bruce for your wedding or event visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com and check out their wedding special and corporate event specials.

The Security Cartoon-Cartoon of the Week

The Security Cartoon

The Story Behind the Cartoon

I did this cartoon years ago when dash cams started popping up on everyone’s dash. As they add more electronics into the cab of cars and trucks it gets harder to see out the window. Next time you are passing someone look at where they have their phone placed with a portable mount and you will see what i am talking about. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge Productions specializes in editorial and advertising cartoons for the transport industry. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

The Video Junkie-Cartoon of the Week

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The Story Behind the Cartoon

With the long weekend coming I thought this cartoon was very fitting. Many people have dash-cams, video recorders, and other devices that monitor traffic conditions around the vehicle. Just go to any social media channel to see crash videos that are posted constantly. Some have so many cameras that they are almost blocking their view of the road. If you will be traveling on the roadways this weekend be careful, you don’t want to be the next viral YouTube video. Enjoy the weekend!

About the Artist

Bruce Outridge productions offers custom illustration and design services specializing in caricatures and cartoons. Bruce has a 30 year history in the trucking industry and much of his work is for magazines in that industry. To learn more about Bruce and his work visit his website at 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

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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

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